Clear Linux* OS on Microsoft Hyper-V*¶
This page explains how to run a Clear Linux* OS VM on a a Microsoft Hyper-V* hypervisor.
Hyper-V is a type 1 bare-metal hypervisor that runs directly on system hardware.
- Enable virtualization, such as Intel® Virtualization Technology (Intel® VT) and Intel® Virtualization Technology for Directed I/O (Intel® VT-d), on the host system from EFI/BIOS.
- Hyper-V installed on a capable Windows operating system. Refer to the Microsoft documentation on Install the Hyper-V role on Windows Server or Install Hyper-V on Windows 10.
- Configure appropriate virtual networking in Hyper-V. Refer to the Microsoft documentation on Create a virtual network on Window Server or Create a virtual network on Window 10.
Clear Linux OS provide a virtual disk image for Hyper-V with Clear Linux OS pre-installed. This
includes a Clear Linux OS Hyper-V specific kernel with
Hyper-V Linux drivers ready-to-go. Get the latest Clear Linux OS image for Microsoft*
Hyper-V from the downloads website. The file is named
We also provide instructions for downloading and verifying a Clear Linux images. For more information, refer to Download, verify, and decompress a Clear Linux* OS image.
After extraction, the file should be named
Open the Hyper-V Manager from the Start menu.
Figure 1: Hyper-V Manager from the Start menu
Create a New Virtual Machine by clicking the Action menu and selecting the New submenu, and selecting Virtual Machine….
Figure 2: New Virtual Machine in Hyper-V Manager
Follow the New Virtual Machine Wizard to create a new virtual machine specifying the options below:
- Name: Choose name (e.g. ClearLinuxOS-VM).
- Generation: Generation 2
- Startup memory: 2048 MB or more
- Connect Virtual Hard Disk: select Use an existing virtual
hard disk and browse to find the
After finishing the wizard, the VM will be created but not powered on.
Go to Virtual Machine Settings by right-clicking the newly created Clear Linux OS VM in the Hyper-V Manager and selecting Settings…
- Under Firmware, select the Virtual disk and click Move Up… until it is at the top of the list.
- Under Security, uncheck the Enable Secure Boot checkbox.
- Under Processor, consider increasing the number of virtual processors assigned to the Clear Linux OS VM for performance.
Figure 3: Clear Linux OS VM Settings page after selections
Click Apply at the bottom of the VM Settings screen.
Click OK at the bottom of the VM Setting screen.
Start the Clear Linux OS VM by right-clicking the VM in Hyper-V Manager and selecting Start
Connect to the VM console by right-clicking the VM in Hyper-V Manager and selecting Connect…. A new Virtual Machine Connection window will appear.
After Clear Linux OS is booted, login to the console with user root. You will be prompted to set a new password immediately.
> User: root
Clear Linux* OS on Microsoft Hyper-V* is ready for use.