Novell Linux Desktop 9 documentation covers information on how to install the operating system in a virtual machine. For additional information about the operating system, refer to the instructions included in the installation media.

Novell Linux Desktop 9 documentation includes the following topics:

Installation Instructions

To install Novell Linux Desktop 9 in a virtual machine you can use the standard Novell Linux distribution CD or the boot floppy/network method. The following installation instructions are for standard distribution CD.


Before you begin, verify that the following tasks are complete:

  • Read General Installation Instructions for All VMware Products.
  • With many Linux guest operating systems, various problems have been observed when the BusLogic virtual SCSI adapter is used with VMware virtual machines. VMware recommends that you use the LSI Logic virtual SCSI adapter with this guest operating system.

Installation Steps

  1. Insert the Novell Linux Desktop 9 installation CD in the CD-ROM drive.
  2. Power on the virtual machine.
  3. Install using the text mode installer. In the first installation screen, press the F2 key, use the arrow keys to select text mode and press Enter to select the text mode installer.
  4. During final configuration, after all packages are installed, do not perform the Internet connection test.
  5. Follow the prompts to complete the installation.
  6. Install VMware Tools.

VMware Tools in an Novell Linux Desktop 9 Guest

For information on VMware Tools, see Knowledge base article 1014294, General VMware Tools installation instructions, at http://kb.vmware.com/kb/1014294.

Knowledge Base Articles for Novell Linux Desktop 9

The following link refers to knowledge base articles on operating system specific issues. See VMware Knowledge Base for a list of known issues about the operating system.

VMware Compatibility Guide

The VMware Compatibility Guide Web site lists supported guest and host operating systems and provides related support information.

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