Starting today, you can consolidate your Linux-based applications on Microsoft Virtual Server 2005 R2 and receive 24-hour support from Microsoft. To improve the interoperability of Linux guest operating systems and Virtual Server 2005 R2, Microsoft is releasing virtual machine add-ins that can be installed in the Linux guests to improve the following capabilities:

  • Guest and Host synchronization for time sync, heartbeat and coordinated shutdown 
  • Mouse and display driver 
  • SCSI disk emulation

The virtual machine add-ins are available as a free download, and will be supported for an initial set of nine Linux distributions listed below:

  • Enterprise distributions:
    Red Hat Enterprise Linux 2.1 (update 6)
  • Red Hat Enterprise Linux 3 (update 6)
  • Red Hat Enterprise Linux 4
  • Novell’s SuSE Linux Enterprise Server 9

Standard distributions:

  • Red Hat Linux 7.3
  • Red Hat Linux 9.0
  • Novell’s SuSE Linux 9.2
  • Novell’s SuSE Linux 9.3
  • Novell’s SuSE Linux 10.0

Microsoft is committed to ensuring a good customer experience when running supported Linux operating systems as guests in Virtual Server 2005 R2. Therefore, the product support model for these configurations will be consistent with the way that customers receive support for Virtual Server products today. Customers who report interoperability issues with Linux guests or virtual machine add-ins will be routed to a team that is specially trained to troubleshoot issues related to Linux guests within Virtual Server 2005 R2.