Back in June, several media outlets announced SUSE Linux Enterprise Server from Novell would be the standard platform for future VMware virtual appliances. This is good for VMware customers because a standard platform has been chosen. This is good for Novell, for obvious reasons.
Then VMware announced that with qualifying purchases of VMware products, a free copy of SLES would be included.
- From the VMware web site:
- What are the conditions to qualify for SUSE Linux Enterprise Server for VMware?
- Purchase a qualified vSphere SKU on or after June 9, 2010
- Have an active VMware vSphere Support and Subscription (SnS) contract
The FAQ page (http://www.vmware.com/products/sles-for-vmware/faq.html) has a good bit of information about the details.
It is a pretty good deal. A copy of SLES for each quaifying SKU you purchase. I figured I would give it a spin.
The download and activation process can be found here: http://www.vmware.com/products/sles-for-vmware/get.html
Once I downloaded the necessary ISOs, I figured I would start out with VMware Workstation 7.
After selecting New -> Virtual Machine, I was presented with the New VM Wizard, and chose a typical install.
Upon pointing the wizard to the SLES ISO, Workstation recognized the ISO, and decided to configure the VM for SLES.
Workstation has a nice feature that allows for personalization of the guest OS, and here it prompted for my information.
Then I chose all the rest of the defaults, and completed the initial VM setup.
After powering on the machine, the VMware Workstation autoinstallation/personalization feature did all the work for me, and began the installation. With the Core i7 machine I’m using, the installation went pretty quickly.
Upon reboot, it appears I was successful. And I have to say, nice customization of the boot screen by VMware.
As expected, I had to enter my credentials to get into the system. I have to say, I like the sign-in customization here too.
After entering both my username and password, I was presented with a desktop.
Keep in mind, this is a quick, easy, installation, that used all defaults, and VMware Workstation 7 autoinstallation. This installation method won’t be for everyone, but it can be just that easy.
Now I just need to brush off my Linux skills.
After getting a tweet from @eric_gray, I looked a little deeper into the number of authorized SLES 11 installs I mentioned.
Looking at the Getting Started page, it states:
Customers will receive SLES with one (1) entitlement for a subscription to patches and updates per qualified VMware vSphere SKU. For example, if a customer buys 100 licenses of a qualified vSphere Enterprise Plus SKU, that customer would receive SLES with one hundred (100) entitlements for subscription to patches and updates.
That would lead me to believe 1 SLES install per qualified SKU.
But… Looking at the Frequently Asked Questions page, it states:
- Is there any limit to the number of SUSE Linux Enterprise Server for VMware virtual machines I can run on a qualified vSphere host?
- There is no limit. Customers can run an unlimited number of SUSE Linux Enterprise Server for VMware virtual machines per qualified vSphere host. Please refer to the terms & conditions for further details.
- So, it is a little confusing, but appears an unlimited number of SLES for VMware instances can be run. Sweet.
- Again, I’m back to brushing up on my Linux skills.