Microsoft announces Beta Linux integration services for Hyper-V (w/ SMP support)

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A couple of days ago, Microsoft announced a new beta for their Linux integration services. This new version 1.2 includes:

  • SMP support for Linux workload (up to 4 virtual CPU’s available for Linux virtual machines running on Hyper-V)
  • Time sync (synchronization of time with the parent partition for Linux VM’s running on Hyper-V)
  • Integrated Shutdown (you now can shut down a Linux virtual machine gracefully from the Hyper-V manager)

This is good news for system integrators that want to run both Windows virtual machines and Linux virtual machines side-by-side on a ‘cloud’ platform. Hopefully all of these new capabilities will find their way into the new distributions soon.

The beta can be obtained from and is valid for Novell SUSE Linux Enterprise Server 10 SP3, SUSE Linux Enterprise Server 11, and Red Hat Enterprise Linux 5.2 / 5.3 / 5.4.

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