[OSGeoLive] Hyper-V VMs
sethg at geographika.co.uk
Mon May 14 15:42:11 PDT 2018
Pull request created at https://github.com/OSGeo/OSGeoLive-doc/pull/371
- as its my first contribution to the project please let me know if
there are any steps I've missed out.The quickstart would rely on a converted vhdx disk image. The conversion
process is probably too complicated to put in a quickstart guide.Let me know if I can help creating/uploading a converted vhdx to
On a separate note the wiki page at
https://wiki.osgeo.org/wiki/OSGeoLive seemed to have broken links to
this mailing list. I updated them, but not sure if this had to be
reviewed first. I'm happy to revert if this is the case.
On Fri, May 11, 2018, at 12:20 PM, Angelos Tzotsos wrote:
> Thanks for the feedback Seth.
> I think it would be valuable to document the above steps in our VM
> Quickstart on a section for Hyper-V users.> https://live.osgeo.org/en/quickstart/virtualization_quickstart.html
> On Thu, May 10, 2018 at 10:43 PM, Seth G
> <sethg at geographika.co.uk> wrote:>> Hi Brian,
>> Thanks for getting back to me. I've been trying out the conversion
>> process using MS tools to avoid reliance on software, that whilst
>> currently free, may not be in the future (the
>> https://www.starwindsoftware.com/converter). Full steps are at the
>> end of the email.>>
>> I'm fine with disabling Hyper-V for upcoming workshops - but it may
>> make things a little easier for users in Windows environments to
>> work directly with Hyper-V in the future.>>
>> The resultant .vhdx file is 10.3 GB. Using 7-zip this produces a 3.2
>> GB file. This is essentially the same as the VirtualBox HD file, but
>> in Hyper-V format. It can then be used directly in Hyper-V on
>> Windows 10 Professional (and presumably other versions). I'd be
>> happy to create the vhdx file for Sourceforge and a Hyper-V
>> installation page for the docs if people think this is worthwhile
>> addition to the OSGeoLive project (and should be able to do the same
>> for the v12 planned in the summer).>>
>> One drawback with Hyper-V / Lubuntu is there is no equivalent to the
>> "Guest Additions" of Virtual Box. The shared clipboard and automatic
>> full screen don't seem to be available. It looks like this may be on
>> the way later this year -
>> Conversion steps for OSGeoLive 11.0 vmdk for reference are as
>> - Download the Microsoft Virtual Machine Converter 3.0 from
>> https://www.microsoft.com/en-us/download/details.aspx?id=42497 and
>> install>> - Download the "DS File Ops Kit" from
>> and unzip>> - Open PowerShell (with admin rights)
>> - Run the following command to get the disk descriptor from the
>> OSGeoLive vmdk:>>
>> cd D:\osgeo-live-11.0-vm
>> D:\tools\dsfo.exe .\osgeo-live-11.0-vm.vmdk 512 1024 descriptor1.txt>>
>> - This saves the disk description to the "descriptor1.txt" file.
>> Open this in Notepad / a text editor and comment out the following
>> lines (using hashes). This metadata is VirtualBox specific and is
>> not recognised by the converter.>>
>> #ddb.uuid.parentmodification="00000000-0000-0000-0000-000000000000">> #ddb.comment=""
>> - Run the following command to insert the disk descriptor back into
>> the .vmdk>>
>> D:\tools\dsfi.exe .\osgeo-live-11.0-vm.vmdk 512 1024 descriptor1.txt>>
>> Failing to do the above steps will result in the error "ConvertTo-
>> MvmcVirtualHardDisk : The entry 0247ca9d-f9aa-4910-9e8c-1c14d83a7749
>> is not a supported disk database entry for the descriptor.">>
>> - Finally run the conversion process:
>> Import-Module "C:\Program Files\Microsoft Virtual Machine
>> Converter\MvmcCmdlet.psd1">> cd D:\osgeo-live-11.0-vm
>> ConvertTo-MvmcVirtualHardDisk -SourceLiteralPath .\osgeo-live-11.0-
>> vm.vmdk -VhdFormat Vhdx>>
>> Above steps based on https://stackoverflow.com/a/49768353/179520 and
>> web:http://geographika.co.uk twitter: @geographika
>>>> On Thu, May 10, 2018, at 6:26 PM, Brian M Hamlin wrote:
>> > On Thu, 10 May 2018 18:01:47 0200, Seth G
>> > <sethg at geographika.co.uk> wrote:>> > > Hi list,
>> > >
>> > > I'm currently preparing a Python workshop for the OSGeo Ireland>> > > meetup, using OSGeo Live as the training environment - it is an>> > > exceptional resource.
>> > Hi Seth
>> > > Several users have Windows 10 Professional machines which are
>> > > enabled>> > > to run Hyper-V, Microsoft's virtualisation software. If this is>> > > enabled then VirtualBox doesn't have a x64 option for creating
>> > > new>> > > Linux machines. This feature can be disabled at the command
>> > > line, or>> > > using the https://unclassified.software/en/apps/hypervswitch
>> > > tool>> > > which automates this.
>> > Either option requires a reboot, and means using Hyper-V VMs would>> > require enabling the setting and another reboot.
>> > ok, new to me, but if I understand, Windows 10 plus Hyper-V has
>> > some>> > 'features' which prevent people from executing a VM ..
>> > a small tool works around this..
>> > > An alternative is to run the VM under Hyper-V, but this requires>> > > converting the .vmdk HD to .vhd. There are a few commandline
>> > > options>> > > and hacks around to do this but only the
>> > > https://www.starwindsoftware.com/converter option worked for me.
>> > > The>> > > converted OSGeoLive VM then ran fine on Hyper-V.
>> > So, you take the VirtualBox VM setup, and then convert just the
>> > disk>> > image ? and the result runs without more steps under Hyper-V ?
>> > > Is there an option of adding this download to
>> > > https://sourceforge.net/projects/osgeo-live/files/11.0/ ? It
>> > > would be>> > > another large file to host, and would likely need to be done
>> > > manually>> > > for each release.
>> > Yes, a new file could be added to sourceforge.. What is it and
>> > do>> > we want it is the next part :-)
>> > > Are final builds / uploading to SourceForge currently a manual
>> > > process?>> >
>> > builds and uploads are automated with manual steps, might be
>> > one>> > way to say it..
>> > What is the time frame for your setup?
>> > This is the first time anyone has requested Hyper-V support,
>> > that I>> > know of..
>> > --
>> > Brian M Hamlin
>> > OSGeo California
>> > blog.light42.com
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> Angelos Tzotsos, PhD
> OSGeo Charter Member
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