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installing drivers in hyper-v containers

ldelde Member Posts: 2

I'm trying to figure out if it's possible to install a driver in a hyper-v container, or in a general way what is the degree of access to the kernel from hyper-v containers.

Does anyone have experience with it? Is there documentation I can read to educate myself on the subject?

Thank you very much,


  • rstruempfrstruempf Member Posts: 103

    I install drivers and run the kernel debugger on Hyper-V VMs every day. The access to the kernel debugger is identical to what you get with a physical target machine.

    I personally use the Visual Studio (2017+) built in WDK. It is seamless and easy to use. If you scroll down a bit in this post,, I provide a step-by-step guide


  • Fernando_RobertoFernando_Roberto Member - All Emails Posts: 190
    Hi, Ron.

    I think Loris is talking about Hyper-V containers, and not Hyper-V VMs.
    They’re different technologies and as far as I know, there is no way of having third party drivers running on a Hyper-V container. The kernel is based on a Microsoft image and there’s no way of having your driver installed.
    I did this question to Microsoft team when I was attending Plugfest Containers at Microsoft.


    Fernando Roberto da Silva
    DriverEntry Kernel Development

    Fernando Roberto da Silva
    DriverEntry Kernel Development

  • rstruempfrstruempf Member Posts: 103

    My bad. Thanks for the correction. I'll check them out.


  • ldelde Member Posts: 2

    That's right, my question was about Hyper-V containers.

    Thank you Fernando Roberto, this is what I suspected but I was having a hard time finding an answer online.

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