HYPER-V guest operating system support on Linux distributions

Few days back the above topic came to the discussion table with my colleagues. We got a project where customer got few RedHat machines. One argument went on RedHat Linux would not have mouse movement when we do a P2V and setup the IC’s (Integrated components) Going deep on this matter it is revealed Microsoft has not officially mentioned mouse integration will work properly and it is misunderstanding if someone states.

Following table show the supported guest OS and the capabilities HYPER-V will support on them,

Guest operating system Device and service support
CentOS 5.2 – 5.6, 6.0 (x86 edition and x64 edition)

Drivers: IDE, SCSI, and networking

Services: Time synchronization, operating system shutdown, and heartbeat

Red Hat Enterprise Linux 6.0 and 6.1, x86 edition and x64 edition

Drivers: IDE, SCSI, and networking

Services: Time synchronization, operating system shutdown, and heartbeat

Red Hat Enterprise Linux 5.6 (x86 edition and x64 edition)

Drivers: IDE, SCSI, and networking

Services: Time synchronization, operating system shutdown, and heartbeat

SUSE Linux Enterprise Server 11 (x86 edition and x64 edition) with Service Pack 1

Drivers: IDE, SCSI, and networking

Services: Time synchronization, operating system shutdown, and heartbeat

SUSE Linux Enterprise Server 10 (x86 edition and x64 edition) with Service Pack 4

Drivers: IDE, SCSI, and networking

Services: Time synchronization, operating system shutdown, and heartbeat

Windows Server 2008 R2

Drivers: IDE, SCSI, networking, video, and mouse

Services: operating system shutdown, time synchronization, data exchange, heartbeat, and online backup

Services: operating system shutdown, time synchronization, data exchange, heartbeat, and online backup

The above list is taken from the TechNet site. You can download the latest Linux Integration services from here.

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