Running Debian in Windows Server's Hyper-V

This page explain how to use Debian under Microsoft Hyper-V (Windows Server 2008).

Overall Status

Core Components


Boot Standard Kernel:


LAN network card:


Detect CD/DVD:


Detect hard drives:


Extra Features



- OpenGL


- Resize-and-Rotate(randr)






Legend :?BR {OK} = OK ; {X} Unsupported(No Driver) ; /!\ = Error (Couldn't get it working); [?] Unknown, Not Test ; [-] Not-applicable ?BR {i} = Configuration Required; X-( = Only works with a proprietary driver

Important Note



Kernel Parameters


The emulated device is a "Digital Equipment Corporation DECchip 21140 [FasterNet]" PCI id:1011:0009.

The device (or driver) has no link detection. So network-manager will show an unplugged device (see bug 490816 and gnome's [ 542916]).

Workarounds : either

  1. Left click on the nm-applet then click on "Wired Network" (each time you reboot) ?BR or

  2. Create a the file /etc/default/NetworkManager to prevent NetworkManager from disabling the interface :

    #Exit to prevent NetworkManager from running


The mouse is working well. (the scroll button doesn't).

However, you can't use use the mouse inside your machine if you connect to the server using RDP, unless you install the Integration services... Which can't be downloaded for free, you need to pay for extra support. (The error message says "Mouse not captured in Remote Desktop session"). It looks like :

  1. Microsoft only wants you to used blessed guest operating systems (like Windows and Suse)
  2. Microsoft wants you to use their Hyper-V Management console (only available under Windows !) inline:no-mouse.gif

Display Adapter / Video

The Xorg server uses vesa driver (since Microsoft has developed a weird proprietary device [#pci-1414-5353 PCI:1414:5353]).

It works quite well under both Etch and Lenny (Xorg 7.3). However:


Hyper-V doesn't seems to provide audio emulation, at all.

Power Management


Step by Step Installation

Download Debian ISO image

Pick the Installation that best fits you needs, from []. I've picked the NetInst CD (at the time of writing, [ debian-40r3-i386-netinst.iso]).

Create the VM

. {i} If you haven't installed Hyper-V, check [#install-hyperv Installing Hyper-V] below.

Configure Networking

Enabling networking requires two steps:

  1. Add a virtual switch
  2. Add a (so called) Legacy Network Adapter (The other one, named Network Adapter requires to install Microsoft's Integration services).

Add Virtual Network

If you don't have one yet, you have to add a virtual network (a kind of virtual switch).

Add a Network Adapter

The installation wizard don't offer to a a network installation, so you have to add it manually (!) :

That's it.


Installing Hyper-V

If you are reading this page, you probably already have Hyper-V installed ! for the other, you should follow Microsoft's instructions :

Microsoft has already provided an update. Apparently, you must install it to have a supported Hyper-V installation ([ Update for Windows Server 2008 x64 Edition (KB950050)])

Note that for some odd reasons, Microsoft doesn't provides a version of Hyper-V under 32bit platform (even though it [ can use 64Gb of RAM]).

That's It !


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System Summary


$lspci -nn
00:00.0 Host bridge [0600]: Intel Corporation 440BX/ZX/DX - 82443BX/ZX/DX Host bridge (AGP disabled) [8086:7192] (rev 03)
00:07.0 ISA bridge [0601]: Intel Corporation 82371AB/EB/MB PIIX4 ISA [8086:7110] (rev 01)
00:07.1 IDE interface [0101]: Intel Corporation 82371AB/EB/MB PIIX4 IDE [8086:7111] (rev 01)
00:07.3 Bridge [0680]: Intel Corporation 82371AB/EB/MB PIIX4 ACPI [8086:7113] (rev 02)
00:08.0 VGA compatible controller [0300]: Microsoft Corporation Unknown device [1414:5353]
00:0a.0 Ethernet controller [0200]: Digital Equipment Corporation DECchip 21140 [FasterNet] [1011:0009] (rev 20)


PCI 1414:5353 VGA device

Here's are two quotes from Microsoft Integration Service's s3cap.inf regarding the device 1414:5353 :

  • This is the INF file for installing the Hyper-V VGA Cap driver

  • Microsoft Emulated S3 Device Cap.

and a compulsory lspci -d 1414:5353 -vvv output :

00:08.0 VGA compatible controller: Microsoft Corporation Unknown device 5353 (prog-if 00 [VGA])
        Control: I/O+ Mem+ BusMaster+ SpecCycle+ MemWINV+ VGASnoop- ParErr- Stepping- SERR+ FastB2B-
        Status: Cap- 66MHz- UDF- FastB2B- ParErr- DEVSEL=fast >TAbort- <TAbort- <MAbort- >SERR- <PERR-
        Latency: 0
        Region 0: Memory at f8000000 (32-bit, non-prefetchable) [size=64M]

You can also have a look at attachment:Xorg-lenny.log.txt .




  • attachment:debian-etch-hyperv6.dmidecode.txt


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