Linux Integration Services Version 3.4 for Hyper-V

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Aidan Finn (MVP Virtual Machine) just mentioned on his blog the release of the Linux Integration Services Version 3.4 for Hyper-V.

The new version includes support for the following guest operating systems.

  • Red Hat Enterprise Linux 5.7, 5.8, 6.0-6.3 x86 and x64
  • CentOS 5.7, 5.8, 6.0-6.3 x86 and x64

Yes CentOS 6.3 is now supported!

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

  • 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.
  • Timesync: The clock inside the virtual machine will remain synchronized with the clock on the virtualization server with the help of the pluggable time source device.
  • 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.
  • 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.
  • Heartbeat: This feature allows the virtualization server to detect whether the virtual machine is running and responsive.
  • 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.

Download: Linux Integration Services Version 3.4 for Hyper-V