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Supported Debian virtual machines on Hyper-V

Catherine Watson|Last Updated: 7/11/2016
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Applies To: Windows Server Technical Preview, Microsoft Hyper-V Server Technical Preview, Windows 10, Windows Server 2012, Windows Server 2012 R2, Windows Server 2008 R2, Hyper-V Server 2012, Hyper-V Server 2012 R2, Windows 8, Windows 8.1

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 A mismatch does not indicate that the built in LIS is out of date.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 version8.0-8.4 (jessie)7.0-7.10 (wheezy)
AvailabilityBuilt inBuilt in (Note 6)
Core2016, 2012 R2, 2012, 2008 R2
Networking
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
Storage
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
Memory
Configuration of MMIO gap2016, 2012 R2
Dynamic Memory - Hot Add2016, 2012 R2, 2012
Dynamic Memory - Ballooning2016, 2012 R2, 2012
Manual Memory Hot Add2016
Video
Hyper-V-specific video device2016, 2012 R2, 2012, 2008 R2
Miscellaneous
Key-Value Pair2016, 2012 R2, 2012, 2008 R2✔ Note 4
Non-Maskable Interrupt2016, 2012 R2
PAE Kernel Support2016, 2012 R2, 2012, 2008 R2
File copy from host to guest2016, 2012 R2✔ Note 4
lsvmbus command2016, 2012 R2, 2012, 2008 R2
Hyper-V Sockets2016
Generation 2 virtual machines
Boot using UEFI2016, 2012 R2
Secure boot2016

Notes

  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. The kernel included in Debian backports has improved Hyper-V support compared to the stable kernel.

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