Announcing Oracle VirtIO Drivers 1.1.5 for Microsoft Windows

January 14, 2020 | 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 1.1.5. 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?

Oracle VirtIO Drivers for Microsoft Windows 1.1.5 provides:

  • An updated installer to configure a guest VM for migration from another VM technology to Oracle Cloud Infrastructure (OCI) without the need to select a custom installation
  • VirtIO SCSI and Block storage drivers, updated to release 1.1.5, with support for dumping crash files
  • The signing of the drivers to Microsoft Windows 2019
  • The installer enables the use of the VirtIO drivers at boot time so that the migrated guest can boot in OCI

Note: If installing these drivers on Microsoft Windows 2008 SP2 and 2008 R2, you will need to first install the following update from Microsoft:

  • 2019-08 Security Update for Windows Server 2008 for x64-based Systems (KB4474419)

Failure to do this may result in errors during installation due to the inability to validate signatures of the drivers. Please follow normal Windows installation procedure for this Microsoft update.

Oracle VirtIO Drivers Support

Oracle VirtIO Drivers 1.1.5 support the KVM hypervisor with Oracle Linux 7 on premise and on Oracle Cloud Infrastructure. The following guest Microsoft Windows operating systems are supported:

Guest OS  64-bit   32-bit 
Microsoft Windows Server 2019 Yes N/A 
Microsoft Windows Server 2016 Yes N/A 
Microsoft Windows Server 2012 R2 Yes N/A 
Microsoft Windows Server 2012 Yes N/A 
Microsoft Windows Server 2008 R2 SP1 Yes N/A 
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 8 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 1.1.5 certifications can be found in the Windows Server Catalog.

Downloading Oracle VirtIO Drivers

  • Oracle VirtIO Drivers release 1.1.5 is available on the Oracle Software Delivery Cloud by searching on "Oracle Linux" and select "DLP:Oracle Linux 7.7.0.0.0 ( 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:

  • Accept the "Oracle Standard Terms and Restrictions" to continue and, on the following window, click on "V984560-01.zip - Oracle VirtIO Drivers Version for Microsoft Windows 1.1.5" to download the drivers:

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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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