Earlier this week, Microsoft and Canonical made a giant leap forward in bringing Linux to the Windows desktop. A pre-installed, pre-configured Ubuntu 18.04.1 LTS virtual hard disk is now available in the Hyper-V Quick Create Gallery, and can be set up in minutes. No installation is required. The virtual machine created is Generation 2 and has full support for Hyper-V Enhanced Session Mode, thanks to Microsoft contributing it to the open source XRDP project.
Will Cook from Canonical on Ubuntu Blog:
Our friends over at Microsoft have worked with XRDP upstream to add support for their Enhanced Session Mode, which provides tight integration between a Windows host and the Ubuntu virtual machine running in Hyper-V. The next obvious step was to create a bootable Hyper-V image of Ubuntu Desktop 18.04 LTS which includes XRDP pre-configured to take advantage of Enhanced Session Mode.
What are the benefits of Enhanced Session Mode?
– Improved clipboard integration
– Dynamic desktop resizing
– Shared folders for easy host/guest file transfer
– Improved mouse experience, seamlessly moving between the host and guest desktops
Notice please: At least in my case, dynamic desktop resizing does not work on Ubuntu Quick Create VM. It works perfectly on Windows virtual machines.
Setting up Ubuntu in Hyper-V could not be easier. Click Quick Create in Hyper-V Manager, select Ubuntu, select Create virtual machine:
In a few moments, you are on the Ubuntu desktop:
In case you are not familiar with setting up a Linux virtual machine, read my tutorial at Ten Forums: Hyper-V Quick Create – Setup Ubuntu Linux virtual machine
Interested in Quick Create? Check my earlier post about creating your own virtual machine repository. Enjoy!
Author: Kari Finn
A former Windows Insider MVP, Kari started in computing in the mid 80’s writing code for VAX / VMS systems. Since then, he’s worked in a variety of IT positions. He specializes in Windows image capture, customization, repair and deployment as well as Hyper-V virtualization. Kari is a proud Team Member at number #1 Windows site TenForums.com.