FreeBSD Support Coming to Hyper-V

Microsoft, with development partners NetApp and Citrix, recently announced that support for FreeBSD 8.2 and 8.3 as a guest operating system (VOSE) will be coming to Hyper-V.  Apparently this is being accomplished with the help of NetApp, Citrix, and the FreeBSD community.

Soon the list of non-Microsoft operating systems that are supported (not only work, but have been tested and you can call for assistance with) will be:

  • FreeBSD 8.2
  • FreeBSD 8.3
  • CentOS 5.2
  • CentOS 5.3
  • CentOS 5.4
  • CentOS 5.5
  • CentOS 5.6
  • Red Hat Enterprise Linux 5.5
  • Red Hat Enterprise Linux 5.6
  • Red Hat Enterprise Linux 5.4
  • Red Hat Enterprise Linux 5.3
  • Red Hat Enterprise Linux 5.2
  • SUSE Linux Enterprise Server 11 with Service Pack 1
  • SUSE Linux Enterprise Server 10 with Service Pack 4

In addition to this, the Hyper-V integration components are included in Linux Kernel 3.3 and later, and Ubuntu 12.04 runs natively without any work from you on Hyper-V.  I’ve got it running in my lab and can use it just like other guest OSs, e.g. run a clean shutdown from the Hyper-V Manager console.

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