SUSE Linux Enterprise 12 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 12 documentation includes the following topics:

Installation Instructions

The easiest method of installing SUSE Linux Enterprise 12 Desktop or Server in a virtual machine is to use the standard SUSE distribution CDs.


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

Installation Steps

  1. Insert the SUSE Linux Enterprise 12 installation CD in the CD-ROM drive.
  2. Power on the virtual machine.
  3. Follow the prompts to complete the installation.

Tools in a SUSE Linux Enterprise 12 Guest

Use the guest OS provided Open VM Tools or install the VMware Tools, as needed.

Open VM Tools

Open VM Tools is the open source implementation of VMware Tools and consist of a suite of virtualization utilities that improves the functionality, administration, and management of virtual machines on VMware hypervisors. VMware recommends using the Open VM Tools redistributed by the operating system vendors. To use Open VM Tools:

  1. Add the vmhgfs Driver
    If you use the file sharing feature by using Shared Folders in VMware Workstation and Fusion, install the vmhgfs driver in the virtual machine. This driver is not included inbox in the operating system. Installing the additional vmhgfs driver does not disturb the other inbox VMware drivers or Open VMware Tools. To install this driver:
    1. Install Open VMware Tools.
    2. Install the traditional TAR Format VMware Tools that is bundled with VMware Workstation or Fusion products.
  2. Add the deployPkg Tools Plug-in
    If you are using the virtual machine as a template or if it will be protected by SRM (Site Recovery Manager), then install the deployPkg Tools plug-in. To install this plug-in:
    1. Create and edit a VMware Zypper repository:
      1. Add the Yum-style repository as a zypper service.
      2. Enter the following command:
        # zypper addservice --type=YUM http://packages.vmware.com/packages/sle12/x86_64/ vmware-packages
      3. Verify the repository configuration:
        # zypper packages vmware-packages
    2. Install the package:
      # zypper install vmware-packages open-vm-tools-deploypkg
    3. Restart open-vm-tools:
      sudo systemctl restart vmtoolsd

    See knowledge base article 2075048, Installing the deployPkg plug-in in a Linux virtual machine, at http://kb.vmware.com/kb/2075048.

For additional information, see:

VMware Tools

For additional 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 12

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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