A while ago, I asked for some feedback on Hyper-V and VMM. Some of the strong feedback came on the Linux guest side. In particular, the integration components:
- The lack of shutdown integration.
- Only 1 virtual CPU supported.
- The lack of time synch between host and guest recently affected me.
Never fear, MS was ahead of me. Ben Armstrong just let the public know that new integration components are in the works and you can download these new beta (test) IC’s from Connect now. The IC’s are for the usual supported Linux distros (SLES and RHEL). Supported is different to “it works”, i.e. these will probably work just as well on Ubuntu and CentOS but MS cannot support them. They will also support all Hyper-V variants. The new features are:
- SMP support for up to 4 virtual CPU’s (Yay!)
- Shutdown integration between host and guest, e.g. host shutdown or from VMM
- Clock synch between host and guest (no more run away clock and NTP fixes)
Ben also says that the new functionality will be submitted to the Linux kernel. Here’s hoping the Linux distros keep up to date.