SUSE Linux Enterprise Server 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.

SUSE Linux Enterprise Server 9 documentation includes the following topics:

Installation Instructions

The easiest method of installing SUSE Linux Enterprise Server 9 in a virtual machine is to use the standard distribution CDs.


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

  • Read General Installation Instructions for All VMware Products.
  • For support for OES 1 on SUSE Linux Enterprise Server 9, select SUSE Linux Enterprise Server 9 from the Guest Operating System version list.
  • Only the LSI Logic virtual SCSI adapter is supported in a SUSE Linux Enterprise Server 9 virtual machine with more than 4GB of memory on ESXServer3.x and 4.x.

Installation Steps

  1. Insert the SLES 9 installation CD in the CD-ROM drive.
  2. Power on the virtual machine.
  3. In the first installation screen, use the arrow keys to select Installation, type the boot option textmode=1 and press Enter to select the text mode installer.
  4. At the Installation Settings screen, go to the Change menu and select Booting.
    The Boot Loader Setup screen appears.
  5. Set the Boot Loader Type to GRUB.
  6. The installer displays a warning that indicates that you might lose some settings and prompts you to select a course of action. Select Convert current configuration and continue.
  7. Select Finish to return to the Installation Settings screen.
  8. Follow the prompts to complete the installation.
  9. Install VMware Tools.

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