There are many reasons to install NetWare on virtual machines, such as:
Incorporating an OES 2 NetWare server into a production environment without committing additional hardware resources.
Isolating Novell iFolder®, iPrint, GroupWise®, or other applications to a single virtual server without committing additional hardware resources.
Extending the useful life of NetWare services by running them on a Linux host server, thereby taking advantage of the widespread industry support for Linux hardware drivers.
To simplify the process of installing virtualization software, the SLES 10 SP1 software includesas a primary server function that you can select when installing SLES 10 SP1 as a virtualization host server.
Selecting this pattern installs the Xen host server software, which enables the server to boot the Xen version of the SLES 10 SP1 operating system kernel. It also installs utilities for preparing and creating virtual machines.
After the host server is up and running, you can then create a virtual machine and install OES 2 NetWare as a guest operating system by following the instructions in this section.