Red Hat includes built-in Integration Services for Hyper-V in RHEL 5.9

by Shijaz Abdulla on 22.09.2012 at 05:02


Microsoft have made strategic investments in interoperability that continues to reap rewards and here’s another big one TODAY with Red Hat. Today, Red Hat has announced the beta of RHEL 5.9 which includes the Linux Integration Services for Hyper-V built-in. (press release below.) The Microsoft press release is here.

This means that RHEL will include the following Linux Integration Components for Hyper-V “inbox”:

1. Driver support: Linux Integration Services supports the network controller and the IDE and SCSI storage controllers that were developed specifically for Hyper-V.

2. Fastpath Boot Support for Hyper-V: Boot devices now take advantage of the block Virtualization Service Client (VSC) to provide enhanced performance.

3. Timesync: The clock inside the virtual machine will remain accurate by synchronizing to the clock on the virtualization server via Timesync service, and with the help of the pluggable time source device.

4. Integrated Shutdown: Virtual machines running Linux can be shut down from either Hyper-V Manager or System Center Virtual Machine Manager by using the “Shut down” command.

5. Heartbeat: This feature allows the Hyper-V to detect whether the virtual machine is running and responsive.

6. Key Value Pair (KVP) Exchange: Information about the running Linux virtual machine can be obtained by using the Key Value Pair exchange functionality on the Hyper-V host.

7. Integrated Mouse Support: Linux Integration Services provides full mouse support for Linux guest virtual machines.

From the Red Hat Press Release today:

Virtualization: Customers can easily run Red Hat Enterprise Linux 5.9 as a guest on top of Microsoft Hyper-V, providing enhanced interoperability in a Windows environment. This enhances the usability of Red Hat Enterprise Linux 5 for guests in a heterogeneous multi-vendor virtualized environment and provides improved flexibility and interoperability for our customers.

This is just another example of our commitment to interoperability and providing the best Cloud OS.

Linux Integration Services (LIS) 3.4 release for Hyper-V: As you can imagine with our focus on the release of Windows 8 and Windows Server 2012, the LIS 3.4 release mirrors that focus. Specifically, the Linux Integration Services 3.4 Release for Hyper-V adds support for the following hosts:

  • Windows 8 Hyper-V
  • Windows Server 2012 Hyper-V
  • Microsoft Hyper-V Server 2012

In addition, the Linux Integration Services 3.4 Release for Hyper-V adds support for the following guest operating systems:

  • RHEL 5.7 (x86 and x64)
  • RHEL 5.8 (x86 and x64)
  • RHEL 6.3 (x86 and x64)
  • CentOS 5.7 (x86 and x64)
  • CentOS 5.8 (x86 and x64)
  • CentOS 6.3 (x86 and x64)

Red Hat hypervisor tools to run on Windows only!

by Shijaz Abdulla on 09.09.2009 at 05:34

I read with interest a report on ZDNet this morning that the open source company Red Hat will initially offer its hypervisor management tools for Windows systems only.

According to the report, the company based its decision on the fact that Windows still leads as the operating system of choice for desktops.

A strange move this, especially from a company that usually takes the GPL (GNU Public license) route.

It is interesting to note that while Red Hat and VMware offer hypervisor management software only for their own respective hypervisors, Microsoft’s System Center suite offers hypervisor management for BOTH Hyper-V and VMware, physical machine management, virtual machine management, and application (workload) management – all integrated in a common platform – the System Center suite.