Did anybody find a way to make Enhanced session work in Hyper-V (Windows 10) with an Lubuntu 18.04 LTS guest?

After creating a new VM with a fresh Lubuntu 'minimal' installation, the Basic session works fine. To get support for resizing, and shared folders and clipboard I tried enabling Enhanced session by running the install.sh from linux-vm-tools.

However, this doesn't work as the script assumes a GNOME desktop. Has anybody been able to modify this to work with Lubuntu and LXDE? It would be very useful for single-purpose VMs, where a GNOME desktop and applications are overkill.


I've naively tried patching the install.sh as follows, based on the environment of a running Lubuntu. But as it doesn't work, there must be some other Ubuntu-specific detail in the script that doesn't apply to Lubuntu. Anybody made it work?

> export XDG_SESSION_DESKTOP=Lubuntu
> export DESKTOP_SESSION=Lubuntu
> export GDMSESSION=Lubuntu
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    The install.sh is ASCII; can't you just adjust it, particularly the XDG_CURRENT_DESKTOP bit? I've no experience of using it as you want (on w10) but I've seen many blogs about adjusting that for other virtual environments (both XFCE and LXDE). – guiverc Mar 15 '20 at 4:29
  • Thanks @guiverc. I also suspect that some simple patch to the install.sh could make it work. It's the Enhanced session I'm after, and I guess it would apply to all Hyper-V hosts (not just W10). Any links would be appreciated! – esskov Mar 15 '20 at 13:20

I had the same problem and I get it to work. To what it seems, there is a lot that can be "removed" from the install.sh script in order to make this work on Lubuntu 18.04 on the latest Windows 10 build. So my changes were:

  • Remove everything from the /etc/xrdp/startubuntu.sh script less the line that calls the startwm.sh:
exec /etc/xrdp/startwm.sh
  • Add lxsession -s LXDE -e LXDE to the end of the /etc/xrdp/startwm.sh file.

  • I'm not sure if this is needed, but add a file to your home dir called .xsession with the content lxsession -s LXDE -e LXDE.

  • I also changed toggled the comments on the first lines related to the HWE kernel packages:


I hope this fixes your problem. Some parts of this solutions were based on this blogpost.

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