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SuSE Linux 8.0 Installation Guidelines

SuSE Linux 8.0 Installation Guidelines

The easiest method of installing SuSE Linux 8.0 in a virtual machine is to use the standard SuSE distribution CDs. The notes below describe an installation using the standard distribution CD; however, installing SuSE Linux 8.0 via the boot floppy/network method is supported as well.

Before installing the operating system, be sure that you have already created a new virtual machine and configured it using the VMware Workstation New Virtual Machine Wizard (on Windows hosts) or Configuration Wizard (on Linux hosts).

Caution: During the SuSE Linux 8.0 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 Linux 8.0.

Installation Steps

Installation Steps

  1. Use the VMware Workstation Configuration Editor to verify the virtual machine's devices are set up as you expect before starting the installation. For example, if you would like networking software to be installed during the SuSE Linux 8.0 installation process, be sure the virtual machine's Ethernet adapter is enabled and configured. VMware also recommends that you disable the screen saver on the host system before starting the installation process.

  2. Insert the SuSE Linux 8.0 installation CD in the CD-ROM drive on your VMware Workstation host and click the Power On button.

  3. Follow the installation steps as you would for a physical machine, until you get to the selection screens described in the next steps.

  4. Install using the text mode installer.

  5. When prompted, do not install an X server. In the Configure Monitor screen, choose No X11. The installer asks you to confirm. Click Continue and finish the installation.

  6. At the end of the installation, install VMware Tools in your guest operating system. For details, see VMware Tools below.

VMware Tools

VMware Tools

Be sure to install VMware Tools in your guest operating system. For details, see Installing VMware Tools. Do not start the X server in the guest operating system until you install VMware Tools.

Note: When you start installing VMware Tools (by typing ./install.pl in the vmware-linux-tools directory), the following message appears:

Found an installed version of the VMware SVGA driver for XFree86 4. Some versions of this driver included with the XFree86 4 distributions do not work properly. Would you like to install a stable (but possibly older) version of the driver over the currently installed one?

If you plan to dual-boot the virtual machine, answer Yes to allow the driver to be installed. Answer Yes again to back up the existing video driver files and also copy the XF86Config-4.dist file to XF86Config-4.vm. The latter file is used when dual-booting the virtual machine.

If you do not intend to dual-boot the virtual machine, answer No to keep the existing driver.

Before You Start the X Server

Before You Start the X Server

After you have installed VMware Tools, but before you start the X server, as root user, run the SaX2 configuration utility to configure your X server. At a command prompt, type SaX2 and use the wizard to configure your X server.

After you run SaX2 you may boot your SuSE 8.0 virtual machine with any of the selections offered in LILO.

Known Issues

Known Issues

On a Linux host with an XFree86 3.x X server, it is best not to run a screen saver in the guest operating system. Guest screen savers that demand a lot of processing power can cause the X server on the host to freeze.

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