Posted by Abhishek Gupta
Microsoft Program Manager, Linux Integration Services

Since 2010, we’ve worked with Red Hat to support our mutual customers with enhanced interoperability in Windows environments. This continues with today’s beta release of Red Hat Enterprise Linux (RHEL) 5.9.

The RHEL 5.9 beta was engineered with Windows Server 2008 R2 and Windows Server 2012 Hyper-V interoperability in mind. The device drivers needed to run RHEL as a first-class guest on Hyper-V are built right in, making it easier for customers to manage their heterogeneous Red Hat Enterprise Linux-Windows environments for virtualization and private cloud. The Hyper-V drivers included in this release will soon be certified through the Red Hat Hardware Certification Program – further validation that customers can expect a reliable, enterprise-class virtualization experience.

We’ll continue to collaborate with an eye on what’s next for our mutual customers, including work that is underway to provide interoperability with future releases of RHEL and Red Hat Enterprise Virtualization (RHEV).

Stay tuned on the blog for future announcements and let us know in the comments how we can better support virtualization in your datacenter or cloud.