We’re pleased to announce the release of the Linux Integration Services (LIS) 3.4 release for Hyper-V. As you can imagine with our focus on the release of Windows 8 and Windows Server 2012, the LIS 3.4 release mirrors that focus. Specifically, the Linux Integration Services 3.4 Release for Hyper-V adds support for the following hosts:
In addition, the Linux Integration Services 3.4 Release for Hyper-V adds support for thefollowing guest operating systems:
Linux Integration Services
When installed in a supported Linux virtual machine running on Hyper-V, the Linux IntegrationComponents provide:
Q: Do Linux Integration Service 3.4 Release support Red Hat 5 or CentOS 5?
A: Customers needing drivers for Red Hat or CentOS version 5.6 and earlier should continue to use the Linux Integration Services 2.1 here.
Q: Are the Linux Integration Services supported by Microsoft?
A: Yes, the LIS drivers are fully supported by Microsoft.
Q: My customer wants to know what kind of investments Microsoft has made to running Linux well within a Hyper-V VM. Has Microsoft exited the staging tree of the kernel? How does Microsoft compare to VMware?
A: Microsoft has made significant investments in interoperability to ensure that Linux runs well within a Hyper-V VM. The Linux Integration Services exited the staging tree with the Linux Integration Services 3.3 release on February 13th 2012. It should also be noted that from February 2011-2012, Microsoft submitted over 600 patches to the Linux kernel and was one of the top 20 contributors (#7 for the Linux 3.0 kernel and #19 for the Linux 3.2 kernel). To contrast this with VMware, they are not even on the list. For more information, see the attachment produced by the Linux Foundation themselves, who are the core developers and maintainers of the Linux kernel (Linus’ team).
Q: Do the Linux Integration Services function on Windows Azure?
A: Yes. If you create a VM on Windows Azure using any of Linux distributions offered such as:
…these VMs uses the Linux Integration Services for improved performance and integration. For more on the launch of Linux on Windows Azure see this article on Network World.
Q: Where is the official list of supported guest operating systems for Hyper-V?
A: It is here: http://technet.microsoft.com/en-us/library/cc794868(v=WS.10).aspx
Q: A new Linux distribution version <insert distribution and version here> was released 10 minutes ago and I don’t see it on the list of the supported guest operating systems for Hyper-V. What’s going on?
A: Microsoft tests and validates a huge matrix consisting of hosts and guest operating systems. Please be patient.
Q: Does Ubuntu work with Hyper-V?
A: Ubuntu 12.04 and later include the Linux Integration Services for Hyper-V in the distribution. Users can simply install Ubuntu 12.04 and it just works.
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