Last week VMware announced the availability of SLES for VMware, a world-class Linux distribution based on SUSE Linux Enterprise Server 11 SP1. The arrangement allows qualifying VMware vSphere customers to run an unlimited number of SLES virtual machines and receive all necessary patches and updates for free. Technical support can optionally be purchased and provided by VMware Global Support Services (GSS).
The agreement also calls for VMware to begin using SLES for VMware as the base OS for virtual appliances.
Tour de SLES
Let’s take a look at how to get started.
Initial ISO boot menu:
Midway through the installation wizard, downloading latest patches:
Login screen with VMware branding:
SLES for VMware default desktop:
I’m excited about this new arrangement and have recently started using SLES for some internal projects with no loss of productivity, having come from a Red Hat background.
In case you are wondering why VMware did not choose another distribution, such as Ubuntu, it all came down to support for enterprise applications. SLES is certified by more ISVs than any other Linux distribution, so customers can rest assured knowing that all critical workloads — CRM, database, middleware, and more — are all fully supported for production.
For more information, please review the FAQ.