10.4 Installing an OES 2 SP3 VM Guest

Creating an OES 2 SP3 virtual machine requires you to complete the following major tasks.

10.4.1 Specifying Options for Creating an OES 2 SP3 VM Guest

The Create Virtual Machine Wizard helps you through the steps required to create a VM guest and install the desired operating system.

  1. Launch the Create Virtual Machine Wizard by using one of the following methods:

    • From the virtualization host server desktop, click YaST > Virtualization > Create Virtual Machines

    • From within Virtual Machine Manager, click New.

    • 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.

  2. After specifying that you want to create a virtual machine, click Forward.

  3. Click Forward.

    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.

  4. On the Type of Operating System page, select Novell Open Enterprise Server 2 (Linux), then click Forward.

    The Summary page appears.

    NOTE:Detailed explanations of the Summary page settings are available in Virtualization: Configuration Options and Settings in the Virtualization with Xen guide.

  5. Click Name of Virtual Machine.

  6. Specify a name for the virtual machine in the Name field, then click Apply.

    For example, you might specify hostname_vm, where hostname is the DNS name of the server you are installing in the VM.

  7. Click Hardware.

    1. 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.

    2. Specify the number of processors that you want the virtual machine to use.

    3. Click Apply.

  8. If you want to change the graphics adapter settings, click Graphics and select the type of graphic support desired, then click Apply.

  9. Click Disks.

    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.

    1. Specify the hard disk space you want to be available to the virtual machine.

    2. Click Apply.

  10. If you are installing SLES 10 SP4 from a downloaded ISO image file, click CD-ROM, browse to the SLES 10 SP4 image file, then click Open > OK > Apply.

  11. If you are installing OES 2 SP3 from a downloaded ISO image file, click CD-ROM, browse to the OES 2 SP3 image file, then click Open > OK > Apply.

  12. If you want to change the network adapter settings, click Network Adapters, view the default setting, then edit the default settings.


    Click New and specify the setting for another network board of your choice, then click Apply.

  13. Click Operating System:

    1. If you are installing from a downloaded ISO image, make sure that the SLES 10 SP4 image is specified as the Virtual Disk installation source.

    2. 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.

    3. 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 the AutoYaST File field or click the Find button to the right of the field to locate the file on the local host server.

    4. If necessary, use the Additional Arguments field 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, a netmask of, a gateway of for the virtual server, and use ssh to access the installation from another workstation, you could enter the following parameters in the Additional Argument field:

      hostip= netmask= gateway= usessh=1 sshpassword=password

    5. Click Apply.

  14. Click OK to start the virtual machine and launch the operating system installation program.

  15. Continue with Section 10.4.2, Specifying the Installation Mode.

10.4.2 Specifying the Installation Mode

  1. When the Installation Mode screen displays, select the following menu options:

    • New Installation

    • Include Add-On Products from Separate Media

  2. Click Next.

  3. Continue with Section 10.4.3, Specifying the Add-On Product Installation Information.

10.4.3 Specifying the Add-On Product Installation Information

When the Add-On Product Installation page displays:

  1. Click Add.

  2. If you are installing OES 2 from an ISO image file:

    1. On the Add-On Product Media page, click Specify URL, then click Next.

    2. In the URL field, type


    3. Click OK.

    4. Skip to Step 4.

  3. If you are installing from a network installation source, click the appropriate protocol for your situation, then click Next and supply the required information.

  4. Read and accept the Novell Open Enterprise Server 2 license agreement, then click Next.

  5. Confirm that the Add-On Product Installation page shows the correct path to the OES media, then click Next.

  6. Continue with Completing the OES 2 SP3 VM Guest Installation.

10.4.4 Completing the OES 2 SP3 VM Guest Installation

  1. Follow the on-screen prompts, using the information contained in the following sections:

    1. Section 3.4, Setting Up the Clock and Time Zone.

    2. Section 3.5, Specifying the Installation Settings for the SLES Base and OES Installation.

    3. Section 3.6, Specifying Configuration Information.

      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, Virtual Machine Clock Settings in the Virtualization with Xen guide.

    4. Section 3.7, Finishing the Installation.

      During the hardware configuration, graphics and sound cards are not recognized when installing OES 2 SP3 as a VM guest.

  2. Complete the server setup by following the procedures in Section 6.0, Completing OES Installation or Upgrade Tasks.