hyper-v

Snappy Ubuntu Core on Hyper-V

Do you want to test drive the Snappy ubuntu core on hyper-v? Here are some simple steps.

1. Download the ova file from the official ubuntu website

https://developer.ubuntu.com/en/snappy/start/#ova
http://cloud-images.ubuntu.com/ubuntu-core/15.04/core/stable/current/core-stable-amd64-cloud.ova

2. Use 7-zip (Windows) or tar (Linux) to untar the ova file
3. Use a image file converter (like virtualbox) to convert the vmdk file to vhd file.

e.g. VBoxManage.exe clonemedium core-stable-amd64-cloud-disk1.vmdk core-stable-amd64-cloud-disk1.vhd –format VHD

4. You can use standard cloud-init way to setup the system (not discuss here) or;

5. mount the VHD file in any linux machine, modify the /etc/shadow (in partition 3) to clear the root password;

6. Create a ubuntu-core machine in hyper-v and mount the vhd image.

7. Start the machine and enjoy.

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Openwrt in Hyper-V

Want to add a openwrt machine in hyper-v for testing?  Sadly, the openwrt did not include the hyper-v device driver for the network device.

(Un)luckily there is a legacy network driver in hyper-v that can be used in openwrt.

Steps to add openwrt machine inside hyper-v:

  • In hyper-v, add a machine with 64-128MB ram, legacy network device.
  • Copy the openwrt image to the virtual hard disk.
  • Mount the virtual hard disk (mount /dev/sda2 /mnt) and copy the tulip driver to the hard disk.
  • Boot the openwrt machine.
  • Inside the openwrt machine, add the tulip driver (cd /; opkg install kmod-tulip_3.3.8-1_x86.ipk)
  • ifconfig -a to check the name of the network device.
  • Modify /etc/config/network as usual and restart the network (or reboot).