Beta Linux Integration Services Available – SMP support is coming!

Beta Linux Integration Services Available – SMP support is coming!

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We have just released the beta of the next version of the Linux integration services.  This release brings some much wanted and requested new functionality to our Linux support on Hyper-V.  Specifically it brings:

  • Support for running Linux with up to 4 vCPUs per virtual machine.
  • A time synchronization component to provide the same time synchronization functionality that we have for Windows virtual machines.
  • A shutdown integration components so that Linux virtual machines can be shutdown directly from the Hyper-V user interface / WMI interfaces

This release is currently available on Connect ( under the “Linux Integration Services for Microsoft Hyper-V” connection (which you can go and sign up for right now).

This release is supported on all versions of Hyper-V out there – namely:

  • Hyper-V on Windows Server® 2008 Standard, Windows Server® 2008 Enterprise, and Windows Server® 2008 Datacenter (64-bit versions only)
  • Microsoft® Hyper-V Server 2008
  • Hyper-V on Windows® Server 2008 R2 Standard, Enterprise, and Datacenter
  • Microsoft® Hyper-V Server 2008 R2

It is officially supported for the following versions of Linux:

  • SUSE Linux Enterprise Server 10 SP3 x86 and x64
    • SUSE Linux Enterprise Server 10 SP2 will no longer be supported by Novell as of April 12, 2010. Novell recommends that users migrate to SUSE Linux Enterprise Server 10 SP3.
  • SUSE Linux Enterprise Server 11 x86 and x64
  • Red Hat Enterprise Linux 5.2, 5.3, and 5.4 x86 and x64

This new functionality will also be submitted shortly to the Linux kernel – so that it should hopefully appear in your favorite Linux distribution soon.


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  • Hi,

    I'm very happy to read this.

    First because of the integration of interesting feature, such of SMP, directly into the kernel.

    But the very good thing is the intention to put the driver code directly in the linux tree.

    So no need anymore to recompile the linux_IC to adapt them to my linux distribution.

  • Hopefully microsoft will do a better job this time of getting the code into the Linux kernel after several months the integration components are still festering in the staging tree with no sigh of they getting into the mainstream kernel

  • Nice job but please post the kernel versions this is working with. Because I tried it in three different distributions and none worked, there is the same error returned each time. All the distributions are latest versions and even with 2.6.23 kernels, which, as I understood, should have LIC built-in, right?

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