A new version (2.1) of the Linux Integration Services for Hyper-V have been made available. This new version has some significant improvements. From the driver side, new optimized storage and networking drivers have been introduced (aka “Synthetic” drivers which utilize VMBus, a key component in the Hyper-V architecture, essential for efficient and fast device I/O without the need for emulation). Supporting VMBus allows us to boot Linux guests faster. Integration components have been added in the form of time synchronization, heartbeat monitoring and shutdown capability.
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