I thought I would post a few tidbits about my recent experience with HyperV and various Linux distributions. As some of you know, I self host my websites on my Windows 2008 R2 server at my house. In the past 6 months or so, I have rotated through many different linux distributions to host my websites, but each attempt ended with abject failure.
I have tried the following combinations of distributions and HyperV extensions:
- Ubuntu 9.04 using the Microsoft HyperV extensions
- Ubuntu 9.10 using the 2.6.32 kernel modules
- Ubuntu 10.04 using the 2.6.32 kernel modules
- Debian Lenny using the 2.6.32 kernel modules
- CentOS 5.4 using the Microsoft HyperV extension v2
- CentOS 5.4 using the Microsoft HyperV extension v2.1
- Debian Lenny without using any extensions
- CentOS 5.4 without using any extensions
- Ubuntu 9.04 without using any extensions
Running VMWare, Virtual PC, or VirtualBox works just fine - other than the inconvenience of having to use an application type of virtualization versus a hypervisor-based system.
So where does that leave me? I no longer use HyperV for running Linux boxen. HyperV works wonderfully for Windows-based systems and (much) earlier Linux builds (i.e., I’m running a Fedora Core 9 box at work for spam filtering that has no hiccups, but running a Fedora 12 box causes the system hang issues).