Announcing Oracle VirtIO Drivers 1.1.3 for Microsoft Windows

March 27, 2019 | 3 minute read
Simon Coter
Director, Oracle Linux and Virtualization Product Management
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We are pleased to announce Oracle VirtIO Drivers for Microsoft Windows release 1.1.3. The Oracle VirtIO Drivers for Microsoft Windows are paravirtualized (PV) drivers for Microsoft Windows guests that are running on Oracle Linux KVM. The Oracle VirtIO Drivers for Microsoft Windows improve performance for network and block (disk) devices on Microsoft Windows guests and resolve common issues.

What's New

The Oracle VirtIO Drivers for Microsoft Windows 1.1.3 provides a new “Custom” installation option that facilitates the migration of guest VMs to run in PV mode on Oracle Cloud Infrastructure (OCI). This enables you to run existing Microsoft Windows images as PV instances on OCI.

The “Default” option installs the Oracle VirtIO Drivers on the Microsoft Windows guest running on Oracle Linux KVM.

Oracle VirtIO Drivers 1.1.3 is built on the 1.1.2 release of VirtIO Drivers that have been certified by Microsoft. The update (from 1.1.2 to 1.1.3) is due to a new custom installation option.

Existing customers using Oracle VirtIO Drivers 1.1.2 do not need to upgrade to the 1.1.3 release.

The new "Custom" installation, executed on a Microsoft Windows virtual machine in "Oracle Cloud Infrastructure - Classic (OCI-C)" or on premises in an Oracle VM virtual machine, adds and activates the Oracle VirtIO drivers required to run paravirtualized mode on Oracle Cloud Infrastructure.

Oracle VirtIO Drivers 1.1.3 supports the KVM hypervisor with Oracle Linux 7 on premises and on Oracle Cloud Infrastructure. The following guest Microsoft Windows operating systems are supported:

 

Guest OS

64-bit

32-bit

Microsoft Windows Server 2016

Yes

Not Available

Microsoft Windows Server 2012 R2

Yes

Not Available

Microsoft Windows Server 2012

Yes

Not available

Microsoft Windows Server 2008 R2 SP1

Yes

Not Available

Microsoft Windows Server 2008 SP2

Yes

Yes

Microsoft Windows Server 2003 R2 SP2

Yes

Yes

Microsoft Windows 10

Yes

Yes

Microsoft Windows 8.1

Yes

Yes

Microsoft Windows 7 SP1

Yes

Yes

Microsoft Windows Vista SP2

Yes

Yes

 

For further details related to support and certifications, refer to the Oracle Linux 7 Administrator's Guide. Additional information on the Oracle VirtIO Drivers 1.1.2 certifications can be found in the Windows Server Catalog.
 
Downloading Oracle VirtIO Drivers

Oracle VirtIO Drivers release 1.1.3 is available on the Oracle Software Delivery Cloud by searching on "Oracle Linux"

Click on the "Add to Cart" button and then click on "Checkout" in the right upper corner. On the following window, select "x86-64" and click on the "Continue" button:

Click on "V981734-01.zip - Oracle VirtIO Drivers Version for Microsoft Windows 1.1.3" to download the drivers:

 

The Oracle VirtIO Drivers release 1.1.3 is also available on My Oracle Support under the patch number 27637937.

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Simon Coter

Director, Oracle Linux and Virtualization Product Management

A 20-years Oracle veteran, Simon Coter is an experienced product manager and open source community member. He leads a team responsible for several Oracle Linux and Virtualization offerings, including Oracle Linux, the Unbreakable Enterprise Kernel for Oracle Linux, Oracle Cloud Native Environment, Oracle Linux KVM, Oracle Linux Virtualization Manager, Oracle Linux Automation Manager, Gluster, Oracle VM, and VirtualBox. Prior to this, Simon was a technical consultant focused on project management, architectures definition, sizing and implementation, best practices, and technical references for customers.


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