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SuSE Linux Enterprise Server 7 Installation Guidelines

SuSE Linux Enterprise Server 7 Installation Guidelines

The easiest method of installing SuSE Linux Enterprise Server 7 (SLES 7) 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 SLES 7 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).

Note: During the SLES 7 installation, a standard VGA16 X server (without support for the VMware Workstation X server) should be installed. To get an accelerated SVGA X server running inside the virtual machine, install the VMware Tools package immediately after installing SLES 7.

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 SLES 7 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 theSLES 7 installation CD in the CD-ROM drive 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 step.

  4. Part way through the installation, the installer reboots the virtual machine. At the LILO screen, let the boot proceed using the default selection of linux.

  5. At the Desktop Settings screen, select 640x480 256 colors.

  6. Finish installing SLES 7 as you would on a physical machine.

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

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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