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Virtualize Linux server to host on Hyper-V

I was wondering if anyone has virtualized a Linux server. My client is looking to do this for archive reasons and if need be, run it on a windows server 2008r2 machine with the hyper-v role.
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plokij5006
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rindiCommented:
Hyper-V doesn't support too many Linux Distro's. I think the only officially supported one is SUSE Linux, and partly officially Red-Hat Enterprise Linux. For other distro's, although you can probably get them to run, you won't be able to get the proper Hyper-V Integration Tools, and without those the performance, grafics and LAN throughput etc. won't be as good as when using other hypervisors like VMware's vSphere, or Xen and KVM (which both are already included in many Linux repositories).
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Svet PaperovIT ManagerCommented:
Hyper-V has official support for some Linux distributions like RedHad Enterprise, CentOS and SUSE. I was able to make CentOS 5 run with the latest Linux IC. However, beware for several factors:
If you like to use the latest Linux distribution, do not update it before the IC has been available: for example the latest IC doesn’t support the latest update of CentOS 6
Linux in VM behaviours as Windows XP with regards of the backups: even if you are using a Hyper-V aware backup on the host, the virtual machines goes in saved state for the time to take the VSS copy (not very long: several minutes but depending on size of the VM)
FYI, CentOS is a free distribution of RedHat Enterprise.

I’ve also seen users running Fedora Core and Ubuntu on Hyper-V with the latest Linux Integration Components but Microsoft does not support them officially.
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