SUSE Linux 9.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 9.x documentation includes the following topics:

Installation Instructions

The easiest method of installing SUSE Linux 9.x in a virtual machine is to use the standard SUSE Linux 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. VMware recommends that you use the LSI Logic virtual SCSI adapter with this guest operating system.
  • Only the BusLogic virtual SCSI adapter is supported in a SUSE Linux 9.x virtual machine on ESX Server 2.5.x.

Installation Steps

  1. Insert the SUSE Linux 9.x installation CD in the CD-ROM drive.
  2. Power on the virtual machine.
  3. Install using the text mode installer.
    1. In the first installation screen, select Installation and press F2.
    2. Use the arrow keys to select Text Mode and press Enter to select the text mode installer.
  4. During final configuration for SUSE Linux 9.3, after all packages are installed, do not perform the Internet connection test.
  5. Follow the prompts to complete the installation.
  6. 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 9.x virtual machine with any of the selections offered inGRUB.

VMware Tools in an SUSE Linux 9.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 9.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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