Linux Guest System Support under Hyper-V

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Microsoft supports the operation of Linux and FreeBSD virtual machines under Hyper-V and develops the Linux Integration Services for Microsoft Hyper-V (licensed under the GPL V2).[1] This article shows which Linux distributions and FreeBSD versions are supported to run as virtual machines on Hyper-V.

Supported Linux Distributions und FreeBSD Versions

Linux Distribution / FreeBSD Version Support Detailed information at
CentOS / RHEL starting version 5.5/6.0 (built-in starting version 5.9/6.4) CentOS and RHEL VMs on Hyper-V
Debian starting version 7.0 (built-in) Debian VMs on Hyper-V
Oracle Linux starting version 6.4 (built-in) Oracle Linux VMs on Hyper-V
SUSE starting version SLES 11 / OpenSUSE 12.3 (built-in) SUSE VMs on Hyper-V
Ubuntu starting version 12.04 (built-in) Ubuntu VMs on Hyper-V
FreeBSD starting version 8.4 (built-in starting version 10.0) FreeBSD VMs on Hyper-V


  1. Linux Integration Services for Microsoft Hyper-V (

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Author: Werner Fischer

Werner Fischer, working in the Web Operations & Knowledge Transfer team at Thomas-Krenn, completed his studies of Computer and Media Security at FH Hagenberg in Austria. He is a regular speaker at many conferences like LinuxTag, OSMC, OSDC, LinuxCon, and author for various IT magazines. In his spare time he enjoys playing the piano and training for a good result at the annual Linz marathon relay.

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