Virtual Machine Additions for Linux – now available for download

linux logo Virtual Machine Additions for Linux are designed to improve the usability and interoperability of running qualified Linux operating systems as guests or virtual machines of Virtual Server 2005 R2 SP1.

Now with support for SuSE Linux Enterprise Server 10
Microsoft is committed to testing and supporting many third-party operating systems for use as guest operating systems on Virtual Server 2005 R2 SP1 virtual machines. To help make sure that you have a favorable experience when you run third-party guest operating systems in Virtual Server 2005, Microsoft Product Support Services (PSS) has created a product support model for these third-party guest operating systems. This support model is consistent with the support model that is used for Virtual Server 2005 R2 SP1. Product support for the Virtual Machine Additions will be provided through the normal support channels available for Virtual Server 2005 R2 SP1.

Virtual Machine Additions information
To improve the interoperability between virtual machines running Linux guest operating systems and Virtual Server 2005 R2, Virtual Machine Additions are available for Linux guest operating systems. You can install these Virtual Machine Additions components in your Linux guest operating systems to improve the following operating system capabilities:

  • Guest and host synchronization for time synchronization, for heartbeat generation, and for coordinated shutdown operations
  • Mouse driver
  • Display driver
  • SCSI hard disk emulation

More information on the download @

Comments (5)

  1. Rob says:

    Yes.  I know I’ve had numerous issues with Linux under Virtual PC.  Lots of fun things like the default Ubuntu screen depth of 24 bits which VPC won’t do.  And no mouse.  I get that in all the new distros, though I know that that’s actually a linux kernal bug.  I can get around all of them but it would be nice if I didn’t have to.

  2. Martin says:

    Keith – Apropos of near-non sequiturs, I’m digging my T61p too. Question is: Is get generic Linux drivers for the NVIDIA card? How did the driver work out with Kubuntu anyway? Never heard a follow-up on the October 18 post. Bad news?

  3. Martin says:

    "Is get generic Linux drivers?" Oh, that’s lolcat-speak for "Is it possible to get functioning generic Linux drivers for the NVIDIA card?"

  4. Keith Combs says:

    If you want to install Kubuntu in a Microsoft VM, see Sean’s post at

    I whacked my Kubuntu native install drive the other day during testing of some stuff for SCVMM.  I needed the drive worse that I needed Kubuntu.  Go figure.

    I do however plan to build a VM using Virtual PC 2007 in the next couple of days.

  5. Keith Combs says:

    I was using the VESA drivers and they were working well enough.  Like I said, I’m probably going to run Ubuntu/Kubuntu in a VM.  If any distro gets a native install, it will likely be my preferred SUSE.

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