Supported guest operating systems in Hyper-V 2012

by Scott Lowe [Published on 19 Aug. 2012 / Last Updated on 19 Aug. 2012]

Although Hyper-V 2012 will not support the wide variety of operating systems that are supported by vSphere, it supports enough guest operating systems for many organizations.  The table below outlines the operating systems that can be installed under Hyper-V 2012.  Note that newer operating systems, including Windows Server 2012, Windows 8 and SUSE Linux Enterprise Server 11, do not require a separate installation of Hyper-V’s Integration Services since the necessary components are already built into those operating systems.  For other operating systems, however, you will still need to install Integration Services.  For supported versions of CentOS and Red Hat Enterprise Linux, download Linux Integration Services v3.2. Windows Server 2003 SP2 Datacenter, Enterprise, Standard, Web 2003 R2 SP2 Datacenter, Enterprise, Standard, Web 2008 Datacenter, Enterprise, Standard, Web 2008 R2 Datacenter, Enterprise, Standard, Web 2012 Standard, Datacenter Windows Home Server 2011 Windows SBS 2011 Windows Client 8 7 Vista SP2 XP SP3 XP x64 SP2 Linux CentOS 6.0 - 6.2 RHEL 6.0 - 6.2 SLES 11 SP2  

Although Hyper-V 2012 will not support the wide variety of operating systems that are supported by vSphere, it supports enough guest operating systems for many organizations.  The table below outlines the operating systems that can be installed under Hyper-V 2012.  Note that newer operating systems, including Windows Server 2012, Windows 8 and SUSE Linux Enterprise Server 11, do not require a separate installation of Hyper-V’s Integration Services since the necessary components are already built into those operating systems.  For other operating systems, however, you will still need to install Integration Services.  For supported versions of CentOS and Red Hat Enterprise Linux, download Linux Integration Services v3.2.

Windows Server 2003 SP2 Datacenter, Enterprise, Standard, Web
2003 R2 SP2 Datacenter, Enterprise, Standard, Web
2008 Datacenter, Enterprise, Standard, Web
2008 R2 Datacenter, Enterprise, Standard, Web
2012 Standard, Datacenter
Windows Home Server 2011
Windows SBS 2011
Windows Client 8
7
Vista SP2
XP SP3
XP x64 SP2
Linux CentOS 6.0 - 6.2
RHEL 6.0 - 6.2
SLES 11 SP2  

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