Category Archives: Hyper-V

Fedora Core 21 Server running in Hyper-V Windows 8.1

Over the weekend I decided to install Fedora Core 21 Server on my Windows 8.1 home server running Hyper-V. I was able to install Fedora Core 21 Server without having to run Linux Integration Services which is very nice as network, mouse/keyboard, hard drive functions work “out-of-the-box.”

On initial installation I disabled “Secure Boot.” In most cases I find that UEFI “Secure Boot” for Linux Virtual Machines in Hyper-V does not work.

Fedora Core 21 must have built in kernel support for Hyper-V however I have not been able to find any official documentation regarding “native kernel support for Hyper-V.” Fedora Core is similar to Red Hat and Cent OS so I am assuming the development team has included  native kernel support for Hyper-V, as they do with the newer releases of Red Hat and Cent OS.

It is worth noting that Hyper-V does not report Integration Services status or an IP address via the Hyper-V management console. Based on my experience with Hyper-V only Window’s Virtual Machines are reliable when reporting status such as Integration Services, Network IP, Heartbeat, etc.

Microsoft Tech Net highlights Linux Virtual Machine Guest Operating System Support here. Note that Fedora Core is not amongst the supported guest operating systems.

I also tried installing Fedora Core 21 Workstation which did not work. The Cloud version of Fedora Core 21Cloud requires a different environment in order to be deployed (openstack).

Run Windows 10 in Hyper-V

Last week I wrote a brief post about the Windows 10 Technical Preview so this weekend I am sharing a little more about Windows 10 running in Hyper-V.

When Windows 10 was released I didn’t want to overwrite my current Window 8.1 installation so I decided that it would be best to run the Windows 10 Technical Preview inside of Hyper-V. Hyper-V is a free virtualization hypervisor built into the Windows 8.x Pro version allowing the end-user to run multiple version of Windows, Linux/UNIX boxes, etc.

Installing Windows 10 in Hyper-V is just easy! Below are some screen shots of the Windows 10 installation in Hyper-V:

All you need to do is download the ISO (image) from Microsoft Insider Program and then create a new virtual machine from the Hyper-V management console. Once the new virtual machine has been created you can launch the virtual machine and install Windows 10 technical preview.

If you haven’t worked with Windows and Hyper-V before below is guide which you can use to get you going:

If you have any questions please feel free to leave a comment.

How to install Hyper-V in Windows 8.1 Pro

Here is a quick guide on how to install the Hyper-V role in Windows 8.1 Pro!

Depending on your computer’s hardware you may or may not be able to install the Hyper-V role. Additional information on Client-Hyper-V for Window 8/8.1.

Step 1) Open up Control Panel and Select “Turn Windows features on or off”

Step 2) Expand the Hyper-V check box:

Step 3) Select all options related to the expanded Hyper-V role and select ok. The Hyper-V role will be installed and you will need to reboot your machine once the installation completes. Upon reboot Hyper-V will be ready for use.

VMware Server 2.0 and Windows 8 Pro Compatibility

VMware Server 2.0 and Windows 8 Pro are not compatible. Last weekend I upgraded my Windows 7 Ultimate PC to Windows 8 Pro. I was running VMware Server 2.0 and after the upgrade to Windows 8 Pro the VMware service would not start.

I tried to uninstall and re-install VMware Server 2.0 but it does not like Windows 8 Pro. If anything changes I will be sure to post back. The Windows 8 Upgrade Assistant indicated that VMware Server was compatible but my “hands on” experience indicates otherwise.

Microsoft now includes Hyper-V for Windows 8 Pro. I can rebuild my virtual machines in Hyper-V which is nice. Be aware though Hyper-V only supports certain Operating Systems: Guest OS Support. You also need hardware which supports Hyper-V.

In addition to the above Hyper-V Guest OS support the following Linux Guests are supported but a Microsoft add-on is required: Hyper-V Linux Guest Support