Ubuntu and Hyper-V: The Paths to Enlightenment

As part of virtualization on Hyper-V, there is the ability to use Para-virtualized drivers instead of using built-in drivers for slower, emulated devices. Para-virtualized drivers are simply device drivers that are written for native virtual devices. In other words they are not emulating a pre-existing physical device. The Path to Enlightenment is simply the method you use to take an operating system and enable it to use these synthetic devices.

In this article we will be describing the different methods of enabling enlightenment on Ubuntu Linux for the following 3 categories: Ubuntu 9.04 and Earlier, Ubuntu 9.10, and Ubuntu 10.04. Each of these distribution versions has significant differences which require sometimes slightly and sometimes major differences in procedure.

Installing Linux Integration Components v2.1 Beta

On March 31, 2010 Microsoft released the beta of version 2.1 of the Linux Integration Components. The Linux ICs allow Linux VMs running on Hyper-V to be “enlightened” and have access to synthetic device drivers which perform much faster than their emulated counter parts. It can be downloaded by registering for the Linux Integration Services for Hyper-V on

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