How to Install openSUSE Leap 15 (15.4) on VMware Workstation 17

In this article, we will examine how to set up and configure openSUSE Leap 15 (15.4) on a new virtual machine using VMware Workstation 17 Pro virtualization software on the Windows 10 operating system without the need for a physical PC.

How to Install openSUSE Leap 15 on VMware Workstation 17

How to Run and Use openSUSE Leap 15 (15.4) on a Virtual Machine using VMware Workstation 17

The latest version of the SUSE project openSUSE initiated by Germany, Leap 15.4, was released for download to users on June 9, 2022. This version will receive updates and support until December 1, 2023.

If you are a professional Linux user or have basic knowledge and want to gain experience, there are different operating systems such as openSUSE. Most users can use one of several distributions as per their own judgment or company policies.

The version of openSUSE that gets instant updates instead of Leap is called Tumbleweed. This system type does not contain system versions like Leap and is critical for system stability. But some users or software developers may prefer Tumbleweed.

Home users generally prefer the Leap system type because the system updates released are moderated and published by the community. In this case, the Leap version is a more stable system than Tumbleweed in terms of system stability.

You can install the openSUSE Linux distribution on a physical computer with an x86 or x64 architecture processor, or you can install it on a virtual machine. As we said, if you are an entry-level to Linux, you can gain more experience by using Linux distributions such as openSUSE in virtualization software.

How to Create a New Virtual Machine for openSUSE Leap

You can create a new virtual computer by running VMware Workstation Pro, which is an excellent virtualization technology, in order to use openSUSE Linux virtually on your computer.

   Step 1

After opening the VMware Workstation software, you will see three options in the user interface. Here you can choose to create a new virtual machine and import an existing installed VM.

Since you will prepare a guest operating system from scratch, click on Create a New Virtual Machine from the available options and click on Custom (Advanced) to create a more professional virtual computer in the wizard that opens.

Creating a New Virtual Machine

   Step 2

When the virtual machine compatibility window opens, make sure you select the version of the VMware software installed on your system and then click Next.

Choosing the VMware Hardware Compatibility Version

   Step 3

You can add an ISO file to the guest operating system directly from this window or continue by inserting the installation media into your host’s CD/DVD drive. But to create a more advanced virtual computer, select I will install the operating system later and click Next.

Choosing to Install the Operating System Later

   Step 4

You must first select the platform and then the version of the operating system you will install. Select Linux from the Guest OS properties and choose OpenSUSE 64-bit from the distributions listed in the version section and click Next.

Choosing Linux / openSUSE as Guest OS

   Step 5

For the VM name, type the full name and version of the SUSE distribution, and also configure the location to install it.

Configuring the Virtual Machine Name and Location

   Step 6

In the processor configuration, set the number of virtual cores in accordance with the CPU brand and model of your host computer and continue.

Increasing the Number of Virtual Processor Cores

   Step 7

In order for the SUSE virtual machine to work more efficiently, determine the maximum amount of memory in accordance with the RAM capacity of your host PC. If you have 16 GB of RAM on your PC, the recommended amount of memory will be higher.

Configuring Memory Size for Virtual PC

   Step 8

You can select an appropriate adapter type to add your SUSE virtual computer to your local network. You can go with the NAT adapter type by default.

Choosing the NAT Adapter Type

   Step 9

Select the default I/O controller types you will use for SCSI disks and continue.

Selecting LSI Logic Controller Type

   Step 10

For optimum performance for your SUSE virtual PC, select NVMe for the virtual disk type and click Next.

Selecting the NVMe Virtual Disk Type

   Step 11

Since you are going to install openSUSE from scratch, select the Create a new virtual disk option from the virtual disk configuration settings and click Next.

Creating a New Virtual Disk

   Step 12

Set the openSUSE virtual disk size based on your personal use and choose to backup the file as the only file type.

Backing Up a Virtual Disk as a Single File Type and Specifying Disk Size

   Step 13

Do not change the location of the VMDK virtual disk file to be created. This virtual disk file will be created in the location where you will install the VM.

Configuring the Name and Location of the Virtual Disk File

   Step 14

Click Customize Hardware to further configure the virtual hardware settings of the openSUSE VM.

Customizing the Hardware Settings of the Virtual Computer

   Step 15

Click Processors from the hardware settings of the virtual PC and open its properties. Tick all the options in the Virtualization Engine section. You can also change the number of virtual processors and cores in this window.

  • Virtualize Intel VT-x/EPT or AMD-V/RVI
  • Virtualize CPU Performance Counters
  • Virtualize IOMMU (IO Memory Management Unit)

Enabling Virtualization Features

   Step 16

To add the openSUSE Leap 15.4 ISO file to the VM you prepared, select the CD/DVD device and then enable Use ISO Image File and click Browse, select the image file you downloaded to your PC from the pop-up window and open it.

You can download the installation media for the latest version of the openSUSE Linux distribution by visiting the website

Adding an openSUSE ISO File to a Virtual Machine

   Step 17

You can transfer files faster using your USB 3.x devices in your SUSE virtual system. Note that if you set the USB compatibility setting to 3.1, you can also use your 2.0 devices.

Selecting USB 3.1 Type

   Step 18

If you want to use 3D graphics applications on your virtual computer, enable 3D graphics acceleration in the Display device settings and configure the graphics memory in a size that your PC can support, and turn off the hardware settings.

Enabling 3D Graphics Acceleration

   Step 19

After preparing the openSUSE VM in detail, check the hardware settings for the last time and click Finish to close the VM wizard.

Closing the Virtual Machine Wizard

   Step 20

Run your virtual computer to set up your system with the ISO file you added to the VM you prepared.

Running SUSE Virtual PC

How to Install openSUSE

When you start your virtual computer, the SUSE boot menu will open. When the installation wizard starts, you can install your system or upgrade your current system version to the current version.

   Step 1

In the openSUSE Leap 15.4 boot menu, press Enter the Installation option and wait for the Linux kernel to load.

Starting the Installation from the openSUSE Boot Menu

   Step 2

Wait while the essential drivers for SUSE are loaded.

Installing Basic Drivers

   Step 3

After the basic drivers are installed, wait while the network configuration wizard determines the network devices, driver information, and device status.

Starting Network Configuration

   Step 4

Accept the license agreement of the SUSE operating system and select your system language and keyboard layout.

Setting the System Language, Keyboard, and License Agreement

   Step 5

Wait while the hardware devices of the virtual computer are determined and when the Online Repositories window opens, click Yes to define the resources to your system.

Adding Online Repository Addresses

   Step 6

Check the online repo addresses and add any other resources you want to add.

Editing Repository Addresses

   Step 7

Select a desktop environment you want to use in your virtual system. You can choose KDE, GNOME, or Xfce from the desktop environments.

Choosing the GNOME Desktop Environment

   Step 8

Since you set up a system from scratch in the disk configuration section, you can use the automatically set partitions for your blank disk. If you are an expert user or if you are going to set up a dual-boot system, you can proceed with the Expert Partitioner option.

Making Disk Partition Settings

   Step 9

In order for the clock of your virtual system to be configured properly, select the region you live in from the map and continue.

Selecting the Time Zone for the System Clock

   Step 10

In the local user section, type the full name and username of your new username and set a strong password. If the password you set is very simple, you have to confirm it in the YaST2 information window.

Creating a New Local User

   Step 11

Check the settings you made in the last step of the installation wizard and click the Install button.

Starting System Setup

   Step 12

Wait while the SUSE system files and necessary packages are loaded.

Installing Linux System Packages

   Step 13

After the necessary packages are installed, restart your system and click openSUSE Leap 15.4 in the boot menu.

Selecting openSUSE Leap 15.4 in the Boot Menu

   Step 14

After installing openSUSE in VMware Workstation, you will encounter the GNOME desktop environment when your system boots up.

SUSE Desktop Environment

How to Install VMware Tools

When you make an installation without an internet connection, VMware Tools will not be installed automatically and you will not be able to use your virtual machine in full-screen resolution. Also, you will not be able to use hardware such as a USB or a Webcam.

   Step 1

When VMware Tools is not installed automatically, the system resolution in the image below will be low.

Virtual Machine Full Screen Resolution Problem

   Step 2

To install VMware Tools on your openSUSE system, open the terminal and execute the command “sudo zypper install open-vm-tools-desktop”, and type your root password and press Y and Enter to confirm the operation.

sudo zypper install open-vm-tools-desktop

If you are running SUSE on a running physical server, you can enable and start the VMware Tools services and check the current status of the services using the commands below.

systemctl enable vmtoolsd.service
systemctl start vmtoolsd.service
systemctl status vmtoolsd.service

Installing VMware Tools

   Step 3

After installing the virtual machine drivers, restart your system with the “sudo reboot” command and check that you can use your VM in full-screen resolution.

Using the VM in Full Screen Resolution

   Step 4

If VMware Tools services are running smoothly, you can drag and drop a file or document from your host PC to your VM.

You can also copy documents or text with the CTRL + C shortcut and paste them into your VM using the CTRL + Shift + V hotkeys.

File Transfer between Host and VM with Drag & Drop

How to Configure Shared Folder

You can transfer files between host and VM faster by using Shared Folder, a great feature of VMware Workstation software.

   Step 1

Click VM / Settings from the VMware tool menu and open the guest system’s settings. Select Shared Folders from the settings in the Options tab and enable the Folder Sharing setting as Always Enabled.

You can open the wizard by clicking the Add button in the Folders section, and select a shared folder on your host.

Enabling and Configuring Shared Folder

   Step 2

Click Browse in the Host Path window and in the window that opens, create and select a shared folder on the desktop or any location of your host system.

Creating and Selecting a Shared Folder on the Host

   Step 3

Check the Enable This Share option from the Shared Folder Attributes section and click Finish.

Enabling Folder Sharing

   Step 4

Go to mnt/hgfs/openSUSESharedFolder from your SUSE system and create a folder within the folder. View the folder you created on your host PC and check its contents.

Testing the Shared Folder

   Step 5

Shared Folder may not work when you restart your openSUSE guest system, so run the below command in the terminal to enable it again.

sudo mount -t fuse.vmhgfs-fuse .host:/ /mnt/hgfs -o allow_other

Reactivating the Shared Folder Feature

   Step 6

To permanently activate the Shared Folder structure every time you start your system, execute the “sudo nano /etc/fstab” command in the terminal and type the command below in the /etc/fstab file, and press CTRL + X / Y / Enter to save the file.

sudo nano /etc/fstab
.host:/openSUSESharedFolder /mnt/hgfs/openSUSESharedFolder fuse.vmhgfs-fuse allow_other

Configuring Sharing Permanently

How to Use USB Flash Memory

By connecting your USB flash memory or storage devices to your virtual machine, you can have more disk space or transfer your files with very large file sizes.

   Step 1

Plug a USB 3.x compatible flash memory into one of your host’s USB ports and create a folder named Backup in its content.

Using USB Flash Drive in VM

   Step 2

To connect your USB to your VM, click VM / Removable Devices / Name of your USB / Connect from the VMware tool menu.

If the Connect option is grayed out / inactive as in the image below, you need to edit the VMX file of your VM.

Connecting USB to VM

   Step 3

Turn off your guest system and go to the location where it is installed and change the value in the VMX file ( usb.restrictions.defaultAllow = “FALSE” ) to TRUE, and save the file.

Editing a VMX File

   Step 4

Run your virtual PC again and you can see that you can connect your USB stick to your VM this time.

Connecting USB Disk to VM

   Step 5

When your USB flash drive is automatically mounted, you can see the folder named Backup that you created in it.

Viewing the Contents of Flash Memory in a VM


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