John Howard - Senior Program Manager in the Hyper-V team at Microsoft

Senior Program Manager, Hyper-V team, Windows Core Operating System Division.

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Linux Support in Virtual Server 2005 R2

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Co-inciding with the announcment of Virtual Server 2005 R2 Enterprise Edition being free, it was also announced that Virtual Machine Additions for Linux additions are available for download along with the list of varients which will be supported:

-Red Hat Enterprise Linux 2.1 (update 6)
-Red Hat Enterprise Linux 3 (update 6)
-Red Hat Enterprise Linux 4
-SuSE Linux Enterprise Server 9
-Red Hat Linux 7.3
-Red Hat Linux 9.0
-SuSE Linux 9.2
-SuSE Linux 9.3
-SuSE Linux 10
 
To sign-up for these additions, visit http://connect.microsoft.com and logon with a passport account. Click on Available Programs and apply for "Virtual Machine Additions for Linux". The status will be marked as Pending for now.  - soon after you will be granted access rights and have the ability to download them.

There will shortly be a KB article available documenting the list of Linux OS's available (I'll post the link up as soon as I have it), and similarly the information will be maintained under http://www.microsoft.com/virtualserver

It's also worth pointing out what capabilities the Virtual Machine Additions for Linux provide:
- Improved Mouse & Video interaction
- Guest Heartbeat detection
- Time Syncronisation
- Host co-ordinated shutdown
- Improved SCSI disk emulation

There will be further releases of the Virtual Machine Additions for Linux which will co-incide with the release of Virtual Server 2005 R2 SP1 - more details on this to follow shortly.

More details on all of this can be found on the Microsoft Presspass site

Cheers,
John.

 

Comments
  • Not the best kept secret I know (and so do you all by now), but the press release is here,
    In summary,...

  • I guess that now I'm part of the VM team rather than being an "inside-outsider", I can blog this authoritatively....

  • Typical microsoft bullsh*t.  You have to "get approved" to download Virtual Machine Additions for Linux??

    I'll stick with VMware.

    Ridiculous.

  • Here's the link to the KB article I referred to yesterday for third party operating system (read...

  • Mike Neil's blog post on the Microsoft Virtualization Strategy is an important read if you are in this

  • Mike Neil's blog post on the Microsoft Virtualization Strategy is an important read if you are in this

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