SUSE Linux 8.x 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 8.x documentation includes the following topics:

Installation Instructions

The easiest method of installing SUSE Linux 8.x 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.
  • With many Linux guest operating systems, various problems have been observed when the BusLogic virtual SCSI adapter is used with VMware virtual machines. Use the LSI Logic virtual SCSI adapter with this guest operating system.
  • During the SUSE Linux 8.x installation, do not install an X server. To get an accelerated SVGA X server running inside the virtual machine, install the VMware Tools package immediately after installing SUSE Linux8.x.

Installation Steps

  1. Insert the SUSE Linux 8.x installation CD in the CD-ROM drive.
  2. Power on the virtual machine.
  3. Follow the prompts to complete the installation.
  4. Install using the text mode installer.
    1. In the first installation screen, select Installation and press F2.
    2. Select Text Mode and press Enter to select the text mode installer.
  5. When prompted, do not install an X server.
  6. In the Configure Monitor screen, select Text Mode Only.
  7. Click Accept.
  8. Install VMware Tools.

Run SaX2 Configuration Utility

You can run the SaX2 configuration utility to configure your X server.


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

  • Install latest version of VMware Tools.
  • Power off the X server.
  • Log on as root user.

Installation Steps

  1. At a command prompt, type SaX2 .
  2. Follow the prompts in the wizard to configure your X server.
  3. (Optional) If you intend to connect to this virtual machine with the VMware Virtual Machine Console, configure the color resolution for 65536 (16-bit) colors or less.
  4. After you run the SaX2 utility, boot the SUSE Linux 8.x virtual machine with any of the selections offered inGRUB.

VMware Tools in an SUSE Linux 8.x 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 8.x

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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