Windows Server 2008 R2 Hyper-V and Hyper-V Server 2008 R2 provide robust virtualization for customers. Virtualization decouples the operating system from underlying hardware, and this decoupling creates a flexible and dynamic IT infrastructure. Customers who’ve a heterogeneous OS environment desire their virtualization platform to provide support for all OSs they’ve in their datacenters. “As part of our continuing efforts to support Linux as a guest on Hyper-V, we’re announcing the availability of Linux Integration Services for Hyper-V (version 2.1) beta. This version supports Novell SUSE Linux Enterprise Server 10 SP3, SUSE Linux Enterprise Server 11, and Red Hat Enterprise Linux 5.2 / 5.3 / 5.4. To offer our customers most flexibility when interacting with Hyper-V, the part of the code which communicates with Hyper-V is licensed under a dual license (BSD and GPLv2), while the part that communicates and interacts directly with the Linux kernel is under GPLv2,” notes Microsoft.