Creating an OES 2 SP3 virtual machine requires you to complete the following major tasks.
The Create Virtual Machine Wizard helps you through the steps required to create a VM guest and install the desired operating system.
Launch the Create Virtual Machine Wizard by using one of the following methods:
From the virtualization host server desktop, click
From within Virtual Machine Manager, click.
At the command line, enter vm-install.
If the wizard does not appear or the vm-install command does not work, review the process of installing and starting the virtualization host server. The virtualization software might not be installed properly.
After specifying that you want to create a virtual machine, click.
The option to set up a virtual machine based on an existing disk or disk image is supported only if the existing disk or disk image was originally set up through the Create Virtual Machine Wizard.
On the Type of Operating System page, selectthen click .
The Summary page appears.
NOTE:Detailed explanations of the Summary page settings are available in Virtualization with Xen guide.
Specify a name for the virtual machine in thefield, then click .
For example, you might specify hostname_vm, where hostname is the DNS name of the server you are installing in the VM.
Specify the amount of initial and maximum memory for the virtual machine to consume from the available memory. The initial memory should not be less than 1024 MB.
Specify the number of processors that you want the virtual machine to use.
If you want to change the graphics adapter settings, clickand select the type of graphic support desired, then click .
The Virtual Disk page lets you create the virtual disks that the OES 2 SP3 VM guest will have access to. This includes the installation media if you are installing from downloaded SLES and OES ISO image files.
Initially, a 10 GB file is specified for the partitions/volumes on the virtual server. The default location of the file is /var/lib/xen/images.
By default, this is a sparse file, meaning that although 10 GB is allocated, the size of the file on the disk is only as large as the actual data it contains. Sparse files conserve disk space, but they have a negative impact on performance.
The OES 2 SP3 installation guidelines recommend 10 GB for a server installation. Keep in mind, however, that you are defining the total local disk size for the server. You should allocate as much local space as you anticipate the server needing for data and other files after it is hosting user services.
Specify the hard disk space you want to be available to the virtual machine.
If you are installing SLES 10 SP4 from a downloaded ISO image file, click, browse to the SLES 10 SP4 image file, then click > > .
If you are installing OES 2 SP3 from a downloaded ISO image file, click, browse to the OES 2 SP3 image file, then click > > .
If you want to change the network adapter settings, click, view the default setting, then edit the default settings.
Clickand specify the setting for another network board of your choice, then click .
If you are installing from a downloaded ISO image, make sure that the SLES 10 SP4 image is specified as theinstallation source.
If you are installing from a network installation source, specify the URL for the SLES 10 SP4 network installation source.
You specify a network installation source for OES 2 SP3 during the install.
If you are using an AutoYaST control file to specify the settings for a virtual machine operating system, specify the path to the file in thefield or click the button to the right of the field to locate the file on the local host server.
If necessary, use thefield to specify additional install or boot parameters to assist the installation.
For example, if you wanted to specify the parameters for an IP address of 18.104.22.168, a netmask of 255.255.255.0, a gateway of 22.214.171.124 for the virtual server, and use ssh to access the installation from another workstation, you could enter the following parameters in thefield:
hostip=126.96.36.199 netmask=255.255.255.0 gateway=188.8.131.52 usessh=1 sshpassword=password
Clickto start the virtual machine and launch the operating system installation program.
Continue with Section 10.4.2, Specifying the Installation Mode.
When thescreen displays, select the following menu options:
When the Add-On Product Installation page displays:
If you are installing OES 2 from an ISO image file:
On the Add-On Product Media page, click, then click .
In the URL field, type
Skip to Step 4.
If you are installing from a network installation source, click the appropriate protocol for your situation, then clickand supply the required information.
Read and accept the Novell Open Enterprise Server 2 license agreement, then click.
Confirm that the Add-On Product Installation page shows the correct path to the OES media, then click.
Follow the on-screen prompts, using the information contained in the following sections:
During the configuration portion of the installation, you might see additional prompts concerning hardware detection of the network cards, DSL, PPPoE DSL, ISDN cards, and modems.
When you specify the time source during the eDirectory configuration, use the same time source as the eDirectory tree you are installing the server into.
After the installation, enable the virtual machine’s Independent Wall Clock setting and reboot the virtual machine so it can synchronize its time correctly. For more information on this configuration issue, Virtualization with Xen guide.
During the hardware configuration, graphics and sound cards are not recognized when installing OES 2 SP3 as a VM guest.
Complete the server setup by following the procedures in