2012
11.01

The support for Windows Server 2012 guest OSs has been expanded by Microsoft.  On the server OS side the changes are mostly on the Linux side; OpenSuse and Ubuntu are now listed as supported. Previously they were not supported but they worked.

Guest operating system (server)

Maximum number of virtual processors

Notes

Windows Server 2012

64

Integration services do not require a separate installation because they are built-in.

Windows Server 2008 R2 with Service Pack 1 (SP 1)

64

Datacenter, Enterprise, Standard and Web editions. Install the integration services after you set up the operating system in the virtual machine.

Windows Server 2008 R2

64

Datacenter, Enterprise, Standard and Web editions. Upgrade the integration services after you set up the operating system in the virtual machine.

Windows Server 2008 with Service Pack 2 (SP 2)

8

Datacenter, Enterprise, Standard and Web editions (32-bit and 64-bit). Install the integration services after you set up the operating system in the virtual machine.

Windows Home Server 2011

4

Edition information is not applicable. Install the integration services after you set up the operating system in the virtual machine.

Windows Small Business Server 2011

Essentials edition – 2

Standard edition – 4

Essentials and Standard editions. Install the integration services after you set up the operating system in the virtual machine.

Windows Server 2003 R2 with Service Pack 2 (SP2)

2

Standard, Web, Enterprise, and Datacenter editions (32-bit and 64-bit). Install the integration services after you set up the operating system in the virtual machine.

Windows Server 2003 with Service Pack 2

2

Standard, Web, Enterprise, and Datacenter editions (32-bit and 64-bit). Install the integration services after you set up the operating system in the virtual machine.

CentOS 5.7 and 5.8

64

Download and install Linux Integration Services Version 3.4 for Hyper-V.

CentOS 6.0 – 6.3

64

Download and install Linux Integration Services Version 3.4 for Hyper-V.

Red Hat Enterprise Linux 5.7 and 5.8

64

Download and install Linux Integration Services Version 3.4 for Hyper-V.

Red Hat Enterprise Linux 6.0 – 6.3

64

Download and install Linux Integration Services Version 3.4 for Hyper-V.

SUSE Linux Enterprise Server 11 SP2

64

Integration services do not require a separate installation because they are built-in.

Open SUSE 12.1

64

Integration services are built-in and do not require a separate download and installation.

Ubuntu 12.04

64

Integration services are built-in and do not require a separate download and installation.

Note that Linux (physical or virtual) requires numa=off in the grub file if you have more than 7 CPUs or 30 GB RAM in the (virtual) machine. That’s a Linux thing, not a Hyper-V or virtualisation thing.

The client OS list now is:

Guest operating system (client)

Maximum number of virtual processors

Notes

Windows 8

32

Integration services do not require a separate installation because they are built-in.

Windows 7 with Service Pack 1 (SP 1)

4

Ultimate, Enterprise, and Professional editions (32-bit and 64-bit). Upgrade the integration services after you set up the operating system in the virtual machine.

Windows 7

4

Ultimate, Enterprise, and Professional editions (32-bit and 64-bit). Upgrade the integration services after you set up the operating system in the virtual machine.

Windows Vista with Service Pack 2 (SP2)

2

Business, Enterprise, and Ultimate, including N and KN editions. Install the integration services after you set up the operating system in the virtual machine.

Windows XP with Service Pack 3 (SP3)

2

Professional. Install the integration services after you set up the operating system in the virtual machine.

Windows XP x64 Edition with Service Pack 2 (SP 2)

2

Professional. Install the integration services after you set up the operating system in the virtual machine.

You can see the supported list of guest OSs for the legacy versions of Hyper-V (2008, 2008 R2) here.

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  1. can we install W2K12R2 OS in guest VM on W2k8R2 hyper-V hosts?

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