Virtual Windows to run unmodified on Linux

Novell distributors, Workgroup, have announced the availability of paravirtualised network and block device drivers that will allow Microsoft Windows Server 2000/2003/XP to run unmodified in Xen virtual environments on SUSE Linux Enterprise Server 10 from Novell, operating on Intel-based server platforms featuring Intel Virtualisation Technology. “Combined with the existing ability to host unmodified Linux on SUSE Linux Enterprise Server, these new drivers will let customers confidently migrate to newer and fewer energy-efficient servers, consolidating legacy Windows or Linux solutions onto virtual servers,” says Sally Berimbau, Novell product manager at Workgroup.
In addition to providing cost savings when virtualising Windows on SUSE Linux Enterprise Server, these drivers can improve the availability of Windows- and Linux-based workloads via clustered virtual systems and help IT staff respond faster to business needs by easily creating and provisioning services on virtual systems. Novell is sponsoring a virtualisation pilot program for customers, providing enterprise-level support for running fully virtualized Windows 2000/2003/XP workloads on SUSE Linux Enterprise Server.
“The paravirtualised device drivers are now available to members of the pilot program and general availability is scheduled for later this year,” says Berimbau.

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Contact information
Workgroup – Novell, Sally Berimbau, (011) 654-6100,
PR Queries, Andrea Slater, (076) 813-3497,


  1. Huh? I thought windows could already run unmodified under XEN? Whats the big announcement about? At least it does on my gentoo box

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