How to Install Linux Based Machines as Hyper V Guest

Learn how to Install Linux Based Machines as Hyper V Guest? Microsoft started supporting Linux machines as Hyper-V guests long back (Isn’t it?). Have you ever tried this?

If you tried and failed to work like me, this is the post for you. The world is changing, and even Microsoft allows us to build or host Linux servers in Azure.

I should admit that installing a Linux machine as a Hyper-V guest is not a very straightforward process. We don’t have many steps by step documentation available on the internet.

How to Install Linux Based Machines as Hyper V Guest

Altaro (Hyper-V backup solution) and  Eric Siron came up with an excellent huge post on the Linux machine deployment scenario with Hyper-V. Eric explained so many challenges and hiccups you may face in this process. Read the full post “Getting Started with Ubuntu Linux Server as a Hyper-V Guest.”

How to Install Linux Based Machines as Hyper V Guest
Linux Based Machines as Hyper V Guest

So, why is this guide on Ubuntu Linux Operating System? Well, Eric Siron wanted a major distribution backed by a commercial operation. That way, presumably, if you get really backed into a corner, you can get some paid assistance.

How to Install Linux Based Machines as Hyper V Guest

Some other great tips from Eric on Linux and Windows Operating systems! If you have done as we’ve been begging you and gotten on board with PowerShell, even a little bit, or even if you’ve got some DOS in you, Linux is a whole lot easier than you think it is.

You see, in Linux, everything is either a file or something that holds a file. Think about a Windows program. You have to install it, creating two dozen files in eight directories and sixty to a hundred registry entries in every branch. Then you have to run one of its exe files. Or maybe a com file.


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Anoop is Microsoft MVP! He is a Solution Architect in enterprise client management with more than 20 years of experience (calculation done in 2021) in IT. He is a blogger, Speaker, and Local User Group HTMD Community leader. His main focus is on Device Management technologies like SCCM 2012, Current Branch, and Intune. E writes about ConfigMgr, Windows 11, Windows 10, Azure AD, Microsoft Intune, Windows 365, AVD, etc…

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