New Ubuntu 12.04 LTS X64 Desktop Hyper-V Virtual Appliance available.
This marks the release of the first publicly available Ubuntu 12.04 LTS X64 Desktop Hyper-V Virtual Appliance.
Simply download, extract and import ("Action" -> "Import Virtual Machine"), the appliance onto Hyper-V to deploy a ready-made Virtual Machine.
Virtual Machine Settings.
The Virtual Machine definition is included in this release.
Virtual Machine Details:
- CPU = 1.
- RAM = 2048 MB, Static.
- Network Adapter interface unconfigured (you'll have to manually add one).
- Linux Integration Services for Hyper-V already included by default into the Linux Kernel!
- Login with User Name = "user" and Password = "p@ssw0rd" (without double quotes).
What did you do!
This release consists of a vanilla "ubuntu-12.04-alternate-amd64.iso" installed into a Dynamic VHD created with Microsoft Windows Server 2008 R2 SP1 with the Hyper-V role enabled.
Ubuntu alternate is the Standard Ubuntu Desktop which differs from the default only by the ncurses installer.
I used the ncurses installer to deploy a flexible partitioning scheme with LVM.
During the setup process:
- I created a custom partitioning scheme (refer to the image included below).
All the rest is totally vanilla and all the setup options were left at default (Timezone, Computer name, etc. -- refer to the included "doc"-folder for all the screenshots).
The Story so far .
At the end of the setup phase, the installer asked to reboot the Virtual Machine.
Instead of rebooting, I simply shutdown the system then I made a clone of the VHD image to verify if it booted.
Once I verified the cloned VHD booted correctly, I released the untouched original (ie. unbooted) for your own use.
- Doesn't shut down or reboot as expected (after typing "halt" or "reboot" commands respectively).
- ubuntu-12.04-amd64-dist.vhd MD5SUM = 225e85ecd3b0bb707e9fd916e166e724
(Verify with http://www.nullriver.com/downloads/Install-winMd5Sum.exe).
Still undecided if that's for you?
Virtual Appliance is a convenient way to deploy a virtualized OS up and running in no time.
The alternative is to build your own: in this case you'll have to download the full Ubuntu ISO image (~700MB), deploy your VM, customize your partitioning scheme for maximum flexibility and install the OS on it.
The process just described takes time and bandwidth.