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Supported Oracle Linux 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.

In this section:

Table legend

  • Built in - LIS are included as part of this Linux distribution. 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 A mismatch doesn't indicate that the built in LIS is out of date.

  • ✔ - Feature available

  • (blank) - Feature not available

  • UEK R*x QU*y - Unbreakable Enterprise Kernel (UEK) where x is the release number and y is the quarterly update.

Red Hat Compatible Kernel Series

The 32-bit kernel for the 6.x series is PAE enabled. There is no built-in LIS support for Oracle Linux RHCK 6.0-6.3. Oracle Linux 7.x kernels are 64-bit only.

FeatureWindows server version6.4-6.7 and 7.0-7.26.4-6.7 and 7.0-7.1RHCK 7.0-7.2RHCK 6.6, 6.7, 6.8RHCK 6.5RHCK6.4
AvailabilityLIS 4.1LIS 4.0Built inBuilt inBuilt inBuilt in
Core2016, 2012 R2, 2012, 2008 R2
Networking
Jumbo frames2016, 2012 R2, 2012, 2008 R2
VLAN tagging and trunking2016, 2012 R2, 2012, 2008 R2✔ (Note 1 for 6.4-6.7)✔ (Note 1 for 6.4-6.7)✔ Note 1✔ Note 1✔ Note 1
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
Virtual Fibre Channel2016, 2012 R2✔ Note 2✔ Note 2✔ Note 2✔ Note 2✔ Note 2
Live virtual machine backup2016, 2012 R2✔ Note 3, 4✔ Note 3, 4✔ Note 3, 4, 11✔ Note 3, 4, 11✔ Note 3, 4, 5, 11✔ Note 3, 4, 5, 11
TRIM support2016, 2012 R2
SCSI WWN2016, 2012 R2
Memory
Configuration of MMIO gap2016, 2012 R2
Dynamic Memory - Hot Add2016, 2012 R2, 2012✔ Note 7, 8, 9, 10 (Note 6 for 6.4-6.7)✔ Note 7, 8, 9, 10 (Note 6 for 6.4-6.7)✔ Note 6, 7, 8, 9✔ Note 6, 7, 8, 9✔ Note 6, 7, 8, 9
Dynamic Memory - Ballooning2016, 2012 R2, 2012✔ Note 7, 9, 10 (Note 6 for 6.4-6.7)✔ Note 7, 9, 10 (Note 6 for 6.4-6.7)✔ Note 6, 8, 9✔ Note 6, 8, 9✔ Note 6, 8, 9✔ Note 6, 8, 9, 10
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 12✔ Note 12✔ Note 12✔ Note 12
Non-Maskable Interrupt2016, 2012 R2
PAE Kernel Support2016, 2012 R2, 2012, 2008 R2N/AN/AN/AN/A
File copy from host to guest2016, 2012 R2
lsvmbus command2016, 2012 R2, 2012, 2008 R2
Hyper-V Sockets2016
Generation 2 virtual machines
Boot using UEFI2016, 2012 R2✔ Note 13✔ Note 13✔ Note 13
Secure boot2016

Unbreakable Enterprise Kernel Series

The Oracle Linux Unbreakable Enterprise Kenel (UEK) is 64-bit only and has LIS support built-in.

FeatureWindows server versionUEK R3 QU3UEK R3 QU2UEK R3 QU1
AvailabilityBuilt inBuilt inBuilt in
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
Virtual Fibre Channel2016, 2012 R2
Live virtual machine backup2016, 2012 R2✔ Note 3, 4, 5, 12✔ Note 3, 4, 5, 12
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 12✔ Note 12✔ Note 12
Non-Maskable Interrupt2016, 2012 R2
PAE Kernel Support2016, 2012 R2, 2012, 2008 R2N/AN/AN/A
File copy from host to guest2016, 2012 R2
lsvmbus command2016, 2012 R2, 2012, 2008 R2
Hyper-V Sockets2016
Generation 2 virtual machines
Boot using UEFI2016, 2012 R2
Secure boot2016

Notes

  1. For this Oracle Linux release, VLAN tagging works but VLAN trunking does not.

  2. While using virtual fibre channel devices, ensure that logical unit number 0 (LUN 0) has been populated. If LUN 0 has not been populated, a Linux virtual machine might not be able to mount fibre channel devices natively.

  3. If there are open file handles during a live virtual machine backup operation, then in some corner cases, the backed-up VHDs might have to undergo a file system consistency check (fsck) on restore.

  4. Live backup operations can fail silently if the virtual machine has an attached iSCSI device or direct-attached storage (also known as a pass-through disk).

  5. Live backup support for Oracle Linux 6.4/6.5/UEKR3 QU2 and QU3 is available through Hyper-V Backup Essentials for Linux.

  6. Dynamic memory support is only available on 64-bit virtual machines.

  7. Hot-Add support is not enabled by default in this distribution. To enable Hot-Add support you need to add a udev rule under /etc/udev/rules.d/ as follows:

    1. Create a file /etc/udev/rules.d/100-balloon.rules. You may use any other desired name for the file.

    2. Add the following content to the file: SUBSYSTEM=="memory", ACTION=="add", ATTR{state}="online"

    3. Reboot the system to enable Hot-Add support.

  8. Dynamic memory operations can fail if the guest operating system is running too low on memory. The following are some best practices:

    • Startup memory and minimal memory should be equal to or greater than the amount of memory that the distribution vendor recommends.

    • Applications that tend to consume the entire available memory on a system are limited to consuming up to 80 percent of available RAM.

  9. If you are using Dynamic Memory on a Windows Server 2016 Technical Preview or Windows Server 2012 R2 operating system, specify Startup memory, Minimum memory, and Maximum memory parameters in multiples of 128 megabytes (MB). Failure to do so can lead to hot-add failures, and you may not see any memory increase in a guest operating system.

  10. Certain distributions, including those using LIS 3.5 or LIS 4.0, only provide Ballooning support and do not provide Hot-Add support. In such a scenario, the dynamic memory feature can be used by setting the Startup memory parameter to a value which is equal to the Maximum memory parameter. This results in all the requisite memory being Hot-Added to the virtual machine at boot time and then later depending upon the memory requirements of the host, Hyper-V can freely allocate or deallocate memory from the guest using Ballooning. Please configure Startup Memory and Minimum Memory at or above the recommended value for the distribution.

  11. Oracle Linux Hyper-V daemons are not installed by default. To use these daemons, install the hyperv-daemons package. This package conflicts with downloaded Linux Integration Services and should not be installed on systems with downloaded LIS.

  12. The key/value pair (KVP) infrastructure might not function correctly without a Linux software update. Contact your distribution vendor to obtain the software update in case you see problems with this feature.

  13. On Windows 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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