Linux Integration Services Version 4.0 for Hyper-V

Here is the new version of Linux IS for Hyper-V

Current version: 4.0.11 Please refer to the Linux Virtual Machines on Hyper-V topics for up to date information on the LIS feature set, all supported Linux distributions, availability and download locations.

When installed in a supported Linux virtual machine running on Hyper-V, the Linux Integration Services provide:

 Name  Description
Driver support Linux Integration Services supports the network controller and the IDE and SCSI storage controllers that were developed specifically for Hyper-V.
Fastpath Boot Support for Hyper-V  Boot devices now take advantage of the block Virtualization Service Client (VSC) to provide enhanced performance.
Time Keeping The clock inside the virtual machine will remain accurate by synchronizing to the clock on the virtualization server via Timesync service, and with the help of the pluggable time source device.
Integrated Shutdown Integrated Shutdown: Virtual machines running Linux can be shut down from either Hyper-V Manager or System Center Virtual Machine Manager by using the “Shut down” command.
Heartbeat This feature allows the virtualization server to detect whether the virtual machine is running and responsive.
Symmetric Multi-Processing (SMP) Support Supported Linux distributions can use multiple virtual processors per virtual machine. The actual number of virtual processors that can be allocated to a virtual machine is only limited by the underlying hypervisor.
KVP (Key Value Pair) Exchange Information about the running Linux virtual machine can be obtained by using the Key Value Pair exchange functionality on the Windows Server 2008 virtualization server.
Integrated Mouse Support Linux Integration Services provides full mouse support for Linux guest virtual machines.
Live Migration Linux virtual machines can undergo live migration for load balancing purposes.
Jumbo Frames Linux virtual machines can be configured to use Ethernet frames with more than 1500 bytes of payload.
VLAN tagging and trunking Administrators can attach single or multiple VLAN ids to synthetic network adapters.
Static IP Injection Allows migration of Linux virtual machines with static IP addresses.
Linux VHDX resize Allows dynamic resizing of VHDX storage attached to a Linux virtual machine.
Synthetic Fibre Channel Support Linux virtual machines can natively access high performance SAN networks.
Live Linux virtual machine backup support Facilitates zero downtime backup of running Linux virtual machines.
Dynamic memory ballooning support Improves Linux virtual machine density for a given Hyper-V host.
Synthetic video device support Provides improved graphics performance for Linux virtual machines.
PAE kernel support Provides drivers that are compatible with PAE enabled Linux virtual machines.


Virtual Machine Converter 3.0 released! P2V came back!

Microsoft has released new version of Virtual Machine Converter. Since from System Center 2012 R2 P2V support has been removed from functionality and some people had to use third-party solutions (sysinternals disk2vhd, citrix xenconvert, vmware converter and etc) or SC 2012/SP1 . Now we have a native tool from MS to performing physical-to-virtual conversion:

    Microsoft® Virtual Machine Converter (MVMC) is a Microsoft-supported, stand-alone solution for the information technology (IT) pro or solution provider who wants to convert virtual machines and disks from VMware hosts to Hyper-V® hosts and Windows Azure™ or alternatively convert a physical computer running Windows Server 2008 or above server operating systems or Windows Vista or above client operating systems to a virtual machine running on Hyper-V host
    MVMC can be deployed with minimal dependencies. Because MVMC provides native support for Windows PowerShell®, it enables scripting and integration with data center automation workflows such as those authored and run within Microsoft System Center Orchestrator 2012 R2. It can also be invoked through the Windows PowerShell® command-line interface. The solution is simple to download, install, and use. In addition to the Windows PowerShell capability, MVMC provides a wizard-driven GUI to facilitate virtual machine conversion.
    New Features in MVMC 3.0
    The 3.0 release of MVMC adds the ability to convert a physical computer running Windows Server 2008 or above server operating systems or Windows Vista or above client operating systems to a virtual machine running on Hyper-V host.



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