Deploy enterprise Linux in your VMware virtual machines for free. With SUSE Linux Enterprise Server for VMware, customers can now increase the value of their vSphere purchases by getting access to an industry-proven Linux operating system inclusive of subscription to patches and updates at no cost. Additionally, they will also be able to obtain technical phone support for SUSE Linux Enterprise Server for VMware directly from VMware for a seamless support experience.
How to obtain SUSE Linux Enterprise Server for VMware
In order to run SUSE Linux Enterprise Server (SLES) for VMware and a subscription to patches and updates at no additional cost, you must own qualifying and active VMware vSphere SnS contracts and run vSphere 4.0 U2 or later. Read the complete terms and conditions. With SLES for VMware, you also have the option to purchase phone technical support services delivered directly by VMware.
SLES for VMware - New Terms and Conditions
- Customers will receive SLES with one (1) entitlement for a subscription to patches and updates per active, qualified VMware vSphere SnS SKU. For example, if a customer has active SnS contracts on 100 licenses of a qualified vSphere Enterprise Plus SnS SKU, that customer would receive SLES with one hundred (100) entitlements for subscription to patches and updates. Refer to the complete list of qualified vSphere SnS SKUs that entitle customers to SLES for VMware subscription to patches and updates. Customers with entitlements to vSphere Standard, Enterprise, Enterprise Plus as well as vCloud Standard, Advanced, and Enterprise will be able to receive licenses for SLES for VMware.
- This offer is available to all customers who make or have made a qualifying purchase from a VMware authorized reselling partner, from the VMware website or directly from VMware. To verify if new or existing vSphere licenses entitle customers to SLES for VMware subscription to patches and updates, visit the Complementary Product Eligibility Portal. The portal also allows customers to obtain activation codes for SLES for VMware.
- Customers may run SLES with the accompanying patches and updates subscription only in virtual machines running on VMware vSphere hosts of 4.0 U2 and higher that have active VMware vSphere SnS contracts.
- Customers cannot install SLES with the accompanying patches and updates subscription entitled by a VMware purchase 1) directly on physical servers or 2) in virtual machines running on third party hypervisors.
- Technical support for SLES with the accompanying patches and updates subscription entitled by a VMware purchase is not included and may be purchased separately from VMware.
- VMware reserves the right to amend the terms, conditions and requirements of this offer.
How to Get Started with SUSE Linux Enterprise Server for VMware
1. Verify your entitlement to SLES for VMware free subscription to patches and updates by visiting the Complementary Product Eligibility Portal.
- In order to verify your entitlement, you will be asked to submit the vSphere license keys for the vSphere hosts where you plan to deploy SLES for VMware. The entitlement check will verify that the vSphere licenses you submitted correspond to qualified active vSphere SnS contracts.
- If entitled, you will receive a SLES for VMware activation code (one per qualified vSphere license key) that will allow you to turn on the patch stream for SLES for VMware.
2. Register your activation code:
- If you already are a SUSE customer with a SUSE account, please log into your existing SUSE user name and password. If you do not have a SUSE account, first create an account, then log in and activate your subscription.
3. Download SLES for VMware .iso file
4. You now have all you need to create your first virtual machine. Note that you can run as many SLES for VMware VMs as you want per qualified vSphere license, i.e., CPU.
Installation and VM creation
- Download the ISO image
- Copy the ISO image to VMware storage or local storage that you can access for ISO-based installation from VMware vCenter Server
- Create a virtual machine with the ISO image connected (depending on which version you are installing, select “Linux SUSE Linux Enterprise 11 (32-bit)” or “Linux SUSE Linux Enterprise 11 (64-bit)” as the guest operating system of your new virtual machine
- Power on the VM and follow the installation workflow
- In the installation workflow, use your activation code from VMware to activate. Use of this code ensures you receive all updates and patches and allows you to sign up for streamlined access to maintenance and support from VMware
- Configure your SUSE Linux Enterprise Server for VMware as you would for a physical system. If unsure about a configuration option, use the default setting.
For questions, contact VMware Support.
Get Phone Technical Support from VMware
VMware offers several phone technical support options for SLES for VMware. Support will be delivered directly by VMware Global Support Services and is available only for customers who are entitled to SLES for VMware subscription to patches and updates. To purchase technical support:
- Call a VMware representative at 1-877-4VMWARE (1-877-486-9273). Outside of North America, please dial 1-650-427-5000.
- Contact a VMware authorized reseller.