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Friday, May 7, 2010

RC release of the Linux Integration Services v2.1

[Updated: 11 May 2010]
Thank to Kwan (MVP: SCOM:- http://systemcenterblog.blogspot.com/ ) for sharing some screen shot which i did not included in my last article.

I have added some screen shot which contributed by Kwan.

Enjoy!

[7 May 2010]
Two days ago, Microsoft announces the availability of the RC release of the Linux Integration Services v2.1. This new version includes new functionality, including timesync, integrated shutdown, and SMP support.

When installed on a virtual machine that is running a supported Linux operating system, the Linux Integration Services for Hyper-V provide the following functionality:

Driver support for synthetic devices: The Linux Integration Services support the synthetic network controller and the synthetic storage controller 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.

NEW: Timesync: The clock inside the virtual machine will now remain synchronized with the clock on the host.

NEW: Integrated Shutdown: Virtual machines running Linux can now be shut down from either the Hyper-V Manager or the VMConnect application using the “Shut Down” command.

NEW: Symmetric Multi-Processing (SMP) Support: Supported Linux distributions can now properly use up to 4 virtual processors (VP) per virtual machine.

NEW FOR RC: Heartbeat: Allows the host to detect whether the guest is running and responsive.

NEW FOR RC: Pluggable Time Source: A pluggable clock source module is included to provide a more accurate time source to the guest.
 
You can download this Integration Services from http://connect.microsoft.com/
 
I have tested this tool on Red Hat Enterprise Linux 5.4. Work fine and i can assign 4 vCPU and execute Integrated Shutdown from the Hyper V Console for this operating system.
 
To install Linux Integration Service 2.1 RC on Red Hat Enterprise Linux 5.x:-
1. At a shell prompt:

# mkdir /mnt/cdrom

# mount /dev/cdrom /mnt/cdrom

2. Copy Linux Integration Services to the virtual machine. For example:

# mkdir /opt/linux_ic_v21_rc

# cp /mnt/cdrom/* /opt/linux_ic_v21_rc –R

3. As the root user, run the following command to compile and install the synthetic drivers. A reboot is not required.

To install Linux Integration Services Version 2.1:

# cd /opt/linux_ic_v21_rc/

# make

# make install

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That should do the trick. On GUI, Synthetic Mouse is not available but you can download from http://www.xen.org/download/satori.html .Before you install this driver, make sure you have install xorg-x11-server-sdk package.

[Screen shot]


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