VMM 2012 R2 – Common Task: Checking Integration Services

Integration Services provide a number of benefits to virtual machines and should be kept up to date. Integration Services or ‘VM Additions’ are to Hyper-V VMs what VMware tools is to VMware VMs. Sometimes updates to Hyper-V will update the version of the ‘VM Additions’ available.

The Integration Services can be checked using the VMM Console. First select the ‘VMs and Services’ tab followed by the ‘All Hosts’ tab. This will display a list of all the VMs in the environment. Find the column labelled ‘VM Additions’, if it is not visible right click in the grey area (by VM Name) and select ‘VM Additions’

From VMM Powershell you can run the following command:
Get-VM | ft Name, VMAddition

To determine the version of integration services that is installed on the Hyper-V management operating system, check the registry key that has the version of the current Hyper-V Guest Installer: HKEY_LOCAL_MACHINE\SOFTWARE\Microsoft\Windows NT\CurrentVersion\Virtualization\GuestInstaller\Version\Microsoft-Hyper-V-Guest-Installer-Win60-Package. The value in the Data column is the version number.
(Reference – Technet http://technet.microsoft.com/en-us/library/ee207413(v=ws.10).aspx )

To determine the version information for a guest VM operating system, log on to the guest operating system and check the version of the drivers installed in the \System32 folder. For example, C:\Windows\System32\drivers\vmbus.sys has a file version that should match the number found in the registry key on the management operating system.
(Reference – Technet http://technet.microsoft.com/en-us/library/ee207413(v=ws.10).aspx )

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