First of all… if you are getting started with Linux… DO NOT USE SUSE!

FRANKLY: It might have it’s pros… but it’s nothing to get started, not good for newbies.

There the “Universal” idea of Debian (run anywhere) is key.

And the “get going easy” addon Ubuntu… combines “Universal” + “Easy” = “it just works”, which is want End-Users usually want…. so if you are new to Linux:

Go for Ubuntu… or if you are tech-savy start with a LAN-internet-connected PC / Laptop / Notebook and Debian Net Inst Iso (Minimal setup, download packages during setup…).

Debian Netinst-CD-Image (typischerweise 150-300 MB)

For the rest of you that for some reason HAVE to use SUSE…

There seem to be massive problems in terms of compatibility of Hyper-V 6 and SUSE ENTERPRISE SERVER 11 SP4… (SLES-11-SP4-DVD-i586-GM-DVD1.iso, Build1221-Media1) the setup stalls / get’s stuck during partition/formation of Harddisk…

Media Check ok:

this is where it gets stuck….

default hardware settings… nothing changed

in comparison: Debian8.7

trying to debug the problem:

  • Ctrl+Alt+F1… F7 you can access the consoles, F7 beeing the grafical setup console.
  • Console1: dmesg
  • Console2:
  • Console3:

testaround the problem:

  1. Using *.VHD instead of *.VHDX – no change (as suggested here)
  2. Using SCSI-HD-Controller instead of IDE / ATA – no change
  3. trying an earlier version –


In contrast to SUSE ENTERPRISE 11, the Version 12 (SLE-12-SP2-Server-DVD-x86_64-GM-DVD1.iso) seems to have no problems as Guest on Hyper-V 6 on Win8. Use Version 12 SP2


About SUSE Enterprise Server:

Product Description

SUSE Linux Enterprise Server 12 SP2 is a highly reliable, scalable and secure server operating system for efficiently deploying highly available enterprise-class IT services in physical, virtual or cloud environments. Designed for mixed IT environments, it offers best of breed performance with reduced risk of technological obsolescence or vendor lock in.

SUSE Linux Enterprise Server 12 SP2 is the only Enterprise Linux Operating System currently available to deliver:

  • Robustness on administrative errors and improved management capabilities with full system rollback based on the btrfs filesystem and SUSE’s snapper technology, including service pack rollback
  • Unmatched scalability: up to 8192 CPU cores and 64 TiB RAM, support for the XFS filesystem for more than 10 years (see SUSE YES hardware certifications)
  • The only truly integrated local systems management stack on Linux: for interactive use (YaST), scripting (AutoYaST) and integration into multi machine systems management environments such as SUSE Manager.
    In SUSE Linux Enterprise 12 SP2 we are continuously expanding these capabilities via the unique Advanced Systems Management machinery, and KIWI, an open source system to create operating system images for physical deployments as well as provisioning into virtual hypervisor environments, container frameworks (Linux Containers, Docker) and public and private clouds. KIWI is specifically useful for customers who plan to create “golden images” based on SUSE Linux Enterprise.
  • Modern Open Source network management using the event based “wicked” framework, providing Network Configuration as a Service; and Software Defined Networking capabilities.
  • Support for both leading Open Source hypervisors, Xen and KVM, and Open Source paravirtualized drivers for all major hypervisors. Support for Linux Containers integrated into the virtualization management infrastructure.
  • Interactive as well as Unattended upgrade (offline, in place) from the latest SUSE Linux Enterprise 11 to SUSE Linux Enterprise 12 SP2 on all architectures.
  • Integration with the new SUSE Customer Center, SUSE’s central web portal to manage Subscriptions, Entitlements, and provide access to Support.

SUSE Linux Enterprise Server provides market-leading usability, seamless interoperability with existing IT systems, and virtualization capabilities as a host and Perfect Guest.

System Requirements

Minimum Linux server system requirements for installation

  • Local Installation: 512 MiB RAM (1024 GiB RAM recommened), 512 MiB Swap recommended
  • 2 GiB available disk space (more recommended, 8.5 GiB for all patterns)
  • 16 GiB for snapshot/rollback of the OS

Recommendations for specific uses

  • 512 MiB to 4 GiB RAM, at least 256 MiB per CPU
  • 4 GiB hard-disk space, 16 GiB for snapshot/rollback of the OS
  • Network interface (Ethernet, wireless or modem)
  • For Xen virtual host server – at least 512 MiB RAM for each virtual host server
  • For KVM virtual host server – KVM’s limits are equal to those of SUSE Linux Enterprise Server
  • For Xen or KVM virtual machines – at least an additional 256 MiB RAM for each virtual machine
  • For print servers – a relatively faster processor or additional processors to improve server-based printing
  • For web servers – additional RAM to improve caching, and additional processors to improve web application performance
  • For database servers – additional RAM to improve caching, and multiple disks for parallel I/O
  • For file servers – additional memory and disks, or a Redundant Array of Inexpensive Disks (RAID) system to improve I/O throughput


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