Running Linux on Windows

Read on to learn how to use LIS -- Vinay Patkar and Avinash Bendigeri


2. Dynamic memory. Based on the Linux guest OS’ needs, memory can be automatically increased or decreased.

3. Linux Synthetic Frame Buffer Drivers. It provides enhanced graphics performance for Linux desktop users.

You can refer to the following link for a detailed LIS feature list from Microsoft’s virtualisation blog. Click here

The following example will show you how to install LIS 3.5 for RHEL 6.3 running on Windows Server 2012 R2.

Installing Linux Integration Services (LIS)
1. Create a Generation One virtual machine and install RHEL 6.3. Download LIS from

2. Connect to the virtual machine, and from the menu go to Media—>DVD Drive —>Insert Disk and attach LIS3.5 ISO.

3. Open a terminal in the virtual machine running RHEL 6.3, and run the following commands as the root user to mount the ISO and navigate to the directory relevant distribution (in this case, it is RHEL 6.3):

[stextbox id=”grey”][[email protected] ~]# mount /dev/cdrom
[[email protected] ~]# cd /media/
[[email protected] ~]# ls
[[email protected] ~]# cd RHEL63[/stextbox]

4. Locate the file, in our case /media/RHEL63/, and run as shown in Fig. 1. It should show the ‘Install successful’ message. To check whether LIS is installed properly, run the following commands from a terminal:

[stextbox id=”grey”][[email protected] ~]# /sbin/modinfo
[[email protected] ~]# /sbin/modinfo
[[email protected] ~]# /sbin/modinfo
[[email protected] ~]# /sbin/modinfo
[[email protected] ~]# /sbin/modinfo

Fig. 2 shows the LIS version for ‘hv_vmbus’ after installing LIS 3.5.

Vinay and Avinash work as software development engineers at Dell India R&D Centre, Bengaluru. Vinay has close to two years’ experience in automation, Windows Server OS and is interested in virtualisation and cloud computing technologies. Avinash is interested in the automation and system management domains. This article is a reprint of their article in June issue of EFY’s Open Source For You magazine


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