Upgrading the Kernel of a Linux VM hosted in Azure

The Background

I’m running a CentOS Linux VM on Azure in the Australia East Region (Sydney) and I need to access a CIFS (Common Internet File System) share in the Azure Southeast (Melbourne) region.

CIFS is also known as SMB, you know, the \\ImaNetworkShare file(s) over the network. This is possible in Windows but so far not in Linux prior to Kernel V 4.0

One simple setup, 2 VMs, 1 Windows, 1 Linux in Sydney to read files from a network share in Melbourne

Kernel Upgrade

Note: This can be done in CentOS, because it allows the use of ELRepo ( “ELRepo supports Red Hat Enterprise Linux (RHEL) and its derivatives (Scientific Linux, CentOS & others)

Output will look like this:

Now, list the Kernel Repos, only

It will look like this:

And then install the selected version, one I chose was kernel-ml.x86_64, ml: means mainline stable

Once installed, it will confirm:

Do a reboot

Make the new Kernel the boot default. Edit in /etc/default/grub the following line, it’s a ‘0’ (zero) even when it may look like an O


Recreate the Kernel Config


Reboot again


Another command for verifying

With this new Kernel mounting an SMB partition in an Azure File service found in a different region to the VM will be possible.