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Thread: Installing Ubuntu in a Hyper-V VM

  1. #1
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    Jan 2010

    Installing Ubuntu in a Hyper-V VM

    First of all, I'm not sure where to put this, since I'm running into multiple problems.

    Here's my story: I got tired of my old debian installation in my Hyper-V VM, so I decided to try Ubuntu on it. Mainly because I hoped Ubuntu would be a bit more user friendly.

    I used all the normal settings(from my Debian VM) and started with Ubuntu, and of course, I ran into huge problems.

    First of all I was surprised to see that Ubuntu only found 137 GB of my 1.5 TB virtual hard disk, which of course, is rather problematic.
    I found out that this has something to do with a 28-bit LBA, meaning that 137GB would be the limit for the harddrive. I searched for hours for a solution, nothing works. The problem isn't my hostmachine(windows server 2008 ), because it finds my 2TB raid array without any problems.

    Then I tried method #2; making 2 virtual HD's, a small one for my OS, and a big one for the data. The idea was to mount the second one as an SCSI controller. It still seems like a good idea, except that the linux integration for Hyper-V is really a joke, and without proper integration the controller can't be found. I tried consulting numerous guides, but they all refer to older versions of Ubuntu, and I prefer to be up-to-date.

    After two days of trying random googled stuff, I feel like crying, since this is a problem which simply shouldn't occur after 2003(28-bit LBA *cry*).

    I hope someone can give me some good advice, otherwise I'll go back to Debian.(which would be ridiculous, as Ubuntu is based on that)

    Thanks in advance.

    Edit: In a last ditch effort I'm going to try this guide, *cross fingers*
    Last edited by poecke; January 13th, 2010 at 12:48 AM.

  2. #2
    Join Date
    Feb 2010

    Re: Installing Ubuntu in a Hyper-V VM


    I made a component that has the Microsoft's installer ( ) but with the latest Hyper-V code, that works with the 2.6.31 kernel ubuntu (server) 9.10 has. You only need the kernel headers and gcc, but don't need to recompile the whole kernel.

    1. DL:
    2. extract
    3. sudo ./ drivers
    4. If succesful add vmbus, netvsc, blkvsc and storvsc to /etc/modules

  3. #3
    Join Date
    Oct 2008

    Re: Installing Ubuntu in a Hyper-V VM

    I've been working on a 10.04 install into Hyper-V. The link is at


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