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Monday, January 5, 2015

Hyper-V Integration Services Delivered Through Windows Update–Windows Server Technical Preview

 

Current version of Windows Server 2012 R2 allowed an administrator to install Integration Services by going through Virtual Machine Connection Console. Just click Action | Insert Integration Services Setup Disk. Then the system will bind vmguest.iso and allow users to install integration services. By installing integration services, it allow you to

Perform operating system shutdown

  • Time synchronization
  • Data exchange
  • Heartbeat
  • Backup (volume snapshot)
  • Guest services

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Well, this is a bit troublesome and require an administrator action to run it from Hyper-V Manager Console. To save an effort, with Windows Server Technical Preview, an administrator no longer need to perform this manually. (Insert Integration Services Setup Disk is no longer available)

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So how to install Integration Services Component?

All they need to do is update virtual machine with KB3004908. via SCCM, WSUS or Windows Update.

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Pre-requisite before install KB 3004908

  • Windows Server 2012 R2 or Windows 8.1 – install update KB2919355
  • Windows 7 or Windows Server 2008 R2 – install SP1
  • Windows Server 2008 – install SP2

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