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Geek Sheet: Virtualizing Free Linux Distributions in Windows Server 2008 R2

Aug 10, 2009, 17:31 (0 Talkback[s])
(Other stories by Jason Perlow)

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"Over the last week or so, I've been putting the release code of Windows Server 2008 R2 as well as the free Hyper-V Server 2008 R2 release candidate through their paces and running a combination of both Windows and Linux virtual machines on them. The free Linux distributions I have had most success with running the Hyper-V LinuxICs on are CentOS 5.3, Scientific Linux 5.3, and OpenSUSE 11.1. In my limited testing, I only used 64-bit versions, because Windows Server 2008 R2 is 64-Bit only and I wanted to fully take advantage of the processing capability and native 64-bit virtualization of Hyper-V. However, the LinuxIC's should also install fine on the 32-bit versions of these systems.

"CentOS 5.3 and Scientific Linux 5.3 are both source code clones of Red Hat Enterprise Linux, so there are only minor differences in how the LinuxIC's are installed on them compared to how it is done in RHEL. OpenSUSE 11.1's installation procedure is also very similar to SLES, but like the other two there are some minor changes. However, these small differences were learned through a good number of hours of troubleshooting, so as long as you follow these steps, you won't run into the pitfalls I ran into."

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