Oracle® VM

Paravirtual Drivers Installation Guide for Microsoft Windows for Release 3.0.1

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June 2012


This document is intended for users and administrators of Oracle VM guests running the Microsoft Windows operating system. It includes a brief introduction of the Windows paravirtual (PV) drivers, how to install them, and describes potential issues and the corresponding workarounds you may encounter while using the drivers.

Oracle recommends that you read this document before installing and using the Windows PV drivers for Oracle VM.

Table of Contents

1. Overview of the Windows Paravirtual Drivers
2. What's New in Windows Paravirtual Drivers?
3. Supported Oracle VM Releases
4. Supported Guest Operating Systems
5. Installing the Windows PV Drivers
5.1. Installing Windows PV Drivers on Windows XP and Windows Server 2003
5.2. Installing Windows PV Drivers on Windows Server 2008, Windows Server 2008 R2, Windows Vista, and Windows 7
6. Known Limitations and Workarounds
6.1. Windows Guest Kernel Panic
6.2. Found New Hardware Window Displayed During Installation or Uninstallation
6.3. Guest Cannot Use More Than Eight vCPUs
6.4. Crash Dump and Hibernation Fails on Windows Server 2008 R2, Windows Server 2008, and Windows Vista or Windows 7
6.5. Network Performance Issues
7. Documentation Accessibility