SUSE Linux Enterprise Server 7 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.

SUSE Linux Enterprise Server 7 documentation includes the following topics:

Installation Instructions

The easiest method of installing SUSE Linux Enterprise Server 7 in a virtual machine is to use the standard SUSE distribution CDs.


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

  • Read General Installation Instructions for All VMware Products.
  • During the SUSE Linux Enterprise Server 7 installation, a standard VGA16 X server should be installed. To get an accelerated SVGA X server running inside the virtual machine, install the VMware Tools package immediately after installing SUSE Linux Enterprise Server 7.

Installation Steps

  1. Insert the SLES 7 installation CD in the CD-ROM drive.
  2. Power on the virtual machine.
  3. Follow the prompts until you get to the selection screens described in the next steps.
  4. Part way through the installation, the installer reboots the virtual machine. At the LILO screen, let the boot proceed using the default selection of linux.
  5. At the Desktop Settings screen, select 640x480 256 colors.
  6. Follow the prompts to complete the installation.
  7. Install VMware Tools.

VMware Tools in an SUSE Linux Enterprise Server 7 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 SUSE Linux Enterprise Server 7

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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