A closer look at VM Quick Create

Author: Andy Atkinson In the last Insiders build, we introduced Quick Create to quickly create virtual machines with less configuration (see blog). We’re trying a few things to make it easier to set up a virtual machine, such as combining installation options to a single field for all supported file types, and adding a control… Read more

Cool new things for Hyper-V on Windows 10

Insider build 15002 is now available for Fast Ring windows insiders. In it, you’ll find a few improvements in Hyper-V for Windows 10 users: A new virtual machine Quick Create experience (work in progress). More aggressive memory allocation for starting virtual machines.  This is especially useful for anyone using emulators in Visual Studio or static… Read more

Linux Integration Services Download 4.1.3

We’ve just published an update for the Linux Integration Services download. This release includes a series of upstream updates and adds compatibility with Red Hat Enterprise Linux, CentOS, and Oracle Linux RHCK 7.3. The LIS 4.1.3 download is available from the Microsoft Download Center. The LIS download is not required for Linux distributions that have… Read more

Allowing an additional host to run a VM with virtual TPM

Recently a colleague got a new PC and asked me how he could migrate his existing virtual machines to his new system.  Because he had enabled a virtual Trusted Platform Module (TPM) on these VMs, he wasn’t sure how to proceed. This is also a common scenario when moving VMs to a guarded fabric…. Read more

Linux Integration Services Download 4.1.2-2 hotfix

We’ve just published a hotfix release of the Linux Integration Services download, version 4.1.2-2. This release addresses two critical issues: “Do not lose pending heartbeat vmbus packets” (for versions 5.x, 6.x, 7.x) Hyper-V hosts can be configures to sent “heartbeat” packets to guests to see if they are active, and reboot them when they do… Read more

Use Docker Compose and Service Discovery on Windows to scale-out your multi-service container application

Article by Kallie Bracken and Jason Messer The containers revolution popularized by Docker has come to Windows so that developers on Windows 10 (Anniversary Edition) or IT Pros using Windows Server 2016 can rapidly build, test, and deploy Windows “containerized” applications! Based on community feedback, we have made several improvements to the Windows containers networking stack… Read more

General Availability of Windows Server and Hyper-V Containers in Windows Server 2016

The general availability of Windows Server 2016 marks a major milestone in our journey to bring world class container technologies to Windows customers. From the first time, we showcased this technology at //build in 2015, through the first public preview with Technical Preview 3 onto today with general availability, our team has been hard at… Read more

Waiting for VMs to restart in a complex configuration script with PowerShell Direct

Have you ever tried to automate the setup of a complex environment including the base OS, AD, SQL, Hyper-V and other components? For my demo at Ignite 2016 I did just that.  I would like to share a few things I learned while writing a single PowerShell script that builds the demo environment from scratch. The… Read more

Linux Integration Services download Version 4.1.2

We are pleased to announce the availability of Linux Integration Services (LIS) 4.1.2. This point release of the LIS download expands supported releases to Red Hat Enterprise Linux, CentOS, and Oracle Linux with Red Hat Compatible Kernel 6.8. This release also includes upstream bug fixes and performance improvements not included in previous LIS downloads. See… Read more

Which Linux Integration Services should I use in my Linux VMs?

Overview If you run Linux guest VMs on Hyper-V, you may wonder about how to get the “best” Linux Integration Services (LIS) for your Linux distribution and usage scenario.  Getting the “best” is a bit nuanced, so this blog post gives a detailed explanation to enable you to make the right choice for your situation…. Read more