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Supported Debian virtual machines on Hyper-V

Joshua R. Poulson|Last Updated: 11/14/2016
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Applies To: Windows Server 2016, Hyper-V Server 2016, Windows Server 2012 R2, Hyper-V Server 2012 R2, Windows Server 2012, Hyper-V Server 2012, Windows Server 2008 R2, Windows 10, Windows 8.1, Windows 8, Windows 7.1, Windows 7

The following feature distribution map indicates the features that are present in each version. The known issues and workarounds for each distribution are listed after the table.

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  • Built in - LIS are included as part of this Linux distribution. The Microsoft-provided LIS download package doesn't work for this distribution so do not install it. The kernel module version numbers for the built in LIS (as shown by lsmod, for example) are different from the version number on the Microsoft-provided LIS download package. A mismatch does not indicate that the built in LIS is out of date.

  • ✔ - Feature available

  • (blank) - Feature not available

FeatureWindows Server operating system version8.0-8.5 (jessie)7.0-7.11 (wheezy)
AvailabilityBuilt inBuilt in (Note 6)
Core2016, 2012 R2, 2012, 2008 R2
Windows Server 2016 Accurate Time2016
Jumbo frames2016, 2012 R2, 2012, 2008 R2
VLAN tagging and trunking2016, 2012 R2, 2012, 2008 R2
Live Migration2016, 2012 R2, 2012, 2008 R2
Static IP Injection2016, 2012 R2, 2012
vRSS2016, 2012 R2
TCP Segmentation and Checksum Offloads2016, 2012 R2, 2012, 2008 R2
VHDX resize2016, 2012 R2✔ Note 1✔ Note 1
Virtual Fibre Channel2016, 2012 R2
Live virtual machine backup2016, 2012 R2✔ Note 4,5✔ Note 4
TRIM support2016, 2012 R2
SCSI WWN2016, 2012 R2
PAE Kernel Support2016, 2012 R2, 2012, 2008 R2
Configuration of MMIO gap2016, 2012 R2
Dynamic Memory - Hot-Add2016, 2012 R2, 2012
Dynamic Memory - Ballooning2016, 2012 R2, 2012
Runtime Memory Resize2016
Hyper-V-specificvideo device2016, 2012 R2, 2012, 2008 R2
Key-Value Pair2016, 2012 R2, 2012, 2008 R2✔ Note 4
Non-Maskable Interrupt2016, 2012 R2
File copy from host to guest2016, 2012 R2✔ Note 4
lsvmbus command2016, 2012 R2, 2012, 2008 R2
Hyper-V Sockets2016
PCI Passthrough/DDA2016
Generation 2 virtual machines
Boot using UEFI2016, 2012 R2✔ Note 7
Secure boot2016


  1. Creating file systems on VHDs larger than 2TB is not supported.

  2. On Windows Server 2008 R2 SCSI disks create 8 different entries in /dev/sd*.

  3. Windows Server 2012 R2 a VM with 8 cores or more will have all interrupts routed to a single vCPU.

  4. Starting with Debian 8.3 the manually-installed Debian package "hyperv-daemons" contains the key-value pair, fcopy, and VSS daemons. On Debian 7.x and 8.0-8.2 the hyperv-daemons package must come from Debian backports.

  5. Live virtual machine backup will not work with ext2 file systems. The default layout created by the Debian installer includes ext2 filesystems, you you must customize the layout to not create this filesystem type.

  6. While Debian 7.x is out of support and uses an older kernel, the kernel included in Debian backports for Debian 7.x has improved Hyper-V capabilities.

  7. OnWindows Server 2012 R2 Generation 2 virtual machines have secure boot enabled by default and some Linux virtual machines will not boot unless the secure boot option is disabled. You can disable secure boot in the Firmware section of the settings for the virtual machine in Hyper-V Manager or you can disable it using Powershell:

    Set-VMFirmware -VMName "VMname" -EnableSecureBoot Off

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