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Install openSUSE in VirtualBox Virtual Machine

30 min.
Install openSUSE in a VirtualBox Virtual Machine (VM), which is used as operating system in other consecutive tutorials.

You will learn

In this tutorial, you will install and set up a Linux operating system (openSUSE) in a VirtualBox virtual machine container. This can then be used as host operating system for installing an SAP NetWeaver system.

Step 1:  

To enable also users working with Windows or Mac OS X operation system to install SAP NetWeaver AS ABAP, we describe here how to make use of Oracle VM VirtualBox (VirtualBox), where the ABAP system then is installed and run on a Linux Virtual Machine (VM).

Hint: If you have already a 64 bit Linux OS then you might be able to skip this tutorial and begin directly with Install SAP NetWeaver in openSUSE. However, please note that we haven’t tested or documented this.

System Requirements:

Make sure that you have on your PC/Laptop or Mac:

  1. At least 8 GB of RAM (better: 16 GB).

  2. At least 100 GB of free disk space.

The tutorial has been tested to work for Windows and on Mac OS X.

As the some of the installation files are very large (> several GB) we recommend to start the download first for all files, before you start the installation process.

Download Oracle VM VirtualBox

  1. Download the latest released version of Oracle VM VirtualBox (in short VirtualBox) from for your host operating system (Host OS).

  2. Click on e.g. x86/amd64 link to start the download of VirtualBox for Windows OS.

Download Linux OS openSUSE

  1. Download Linux OS openSUSE Leap (DVD Image, x86_64) to your local machine from (Ensure that you do not choose the Network installation files.)

    Hint: This tutorial is based on Linux OS openSUSE Leap 42.1, which is not the latest openSUSE release. Therefore the look of your installation might be slightly different from the provided screenshots.

  2. On the opened download page click Direct Link link to start the download.

Step 2: Install Linux VM in VirtualBox

Install VirtualBox

  1. Use the VirtualBox installer you downloaded before in step 1.

  2. You can keep all default settings of the installation wizard.

  3. After installation, you can start the VirtualBox Manager as follows:

    • On a Windows host: Open the standard Programs menu and click on the item in the VirtualBox group.
    • On a Mac OS X host: In the Finder, double-click on the VirtualBox item in the Applications folder (You may want to drag this item onto your Dock).
    Virtual Box

Create new Linux VM in VirtualBox

  1. Open VirtualBox Manager application

  2. Click New button to create a new Linux Virtual Machine (VM) image with the following settings:

    • Name: SAP NetWeaver 7.50 SP02
    • Type: Linux (Operating System)
    • Version: openSUSE (64-bit)
    • Click Next
    New VM 1
  3. On the next displayed wizard page:

    • Change Memory size to 6 GB (6144 MB).
    • Click Next
    New VM 2
  4. On the next displayed wizard page:

    • Make sure that Create a virtual hard disk now is selected.
    • Click Create
    New VM 3
  5. On the next opened wizard page:

    • Make sure that VDI (Default) is selected as Hard disk file type.
    • Click Next
    New VM 4
  6. On the next displayed wizard page:

    • Make sure that Dynamically allocated (Default) is selected as Storage on physical hard disk.
    • Click Next
    New VM 5
  7. On the next displayed wizard page:

    • Change File size to 80 GB and keep the File location
    • Click Create to create a new VM entry with the specified settings.
    New VM 6

Result: A new VM entry with name SAP NetWeaver 7.50 SP02 is created on the left side of the VirtualBox Manager.

New VM 7

Set boot installation file for Linux VM

  1. Right-click on the new VM entry SAP NetWeaver 7.50 SP02 to open the context menu.

  2. Choose Settings… to open a settings dialog.

  3. Select Storage from the navigation.

  4. In the Storage Tree section select the Empty node of Controller:IDE.

    Boot file 1
  5. In the Attributes section on the right side click on the disk icon to open a context menu.

  6. Click on option Choose Virtual Optical Disk File… to open a file browser.

    Boot file 2
  7. Select the openSUSE Linux OS .iso file from your local storage that you downloaded in step 1.

    Boot file 3
  8. Back on the Settings dialog click OK to save the settings.

    Boot file 4

Result: The VM has been prepared to boot from the specified openSUSE DVD Image file as soon as it is started as described in the next section.

Install openSUSE Linux OS on the VM

  1. In VirtualBox Manager select SAP NetWeaver 7.50 SP02 VM node and click Start button to start the new VM. It opens a new window Oracle VM VirtualBox and starts the virtual machine.

    Install Linux 1

    Note: If you have never worked with a Virtual Machine before, you have to imagine that a VM acts like a computer inside of your operating system. The window that now opened acts like a computer monitor for this emulated machine.

  2. Quickly use your keyboard DOWN key to select the Installation menu item, otherwise it will automatically select the first menu item.

    Install Linux 2
  3. Hit the RETURN key to start the VM OS installation of openSUSE Linux.

  4. During initialization, click the icon of the mouse pointer integration message so that this message is never displayed again.

    Install Linux 3

  5. In the installation wizard, set the OS language to English and the keyboard language corresponding to the keyboard layout that you are using. You should check that your keyboard layout is correct by typing some special characters (e.g. ä, ß, z, a, >) in Keyboard Test area.

    Install Linux 4

  6. Click Next to accept license and press Next in the screen with Installation Options by leaving the defaults.

    Install Linux 5

  7. In the next screen with Suggested Partitioning click on Edit Proposal Settings.

    Install Linux 6

    • For the field File System for Root partitioning, choose Ext4 from the drop-down box.
    • Uncheck Propose Separate Home Partition. This option is needed so that openSUSE Linux OS installation creates only one drive, instead of two drives (Home and Extension) where Home would have insufficient space to install the SAP NetWeaver backend system.
    • Choose OK to save settings.
  8. Click Next.

    Install Linux 7
  9. Adjust Region and Timezone and press Next.

    Install Linux 8
  10. In Desktop Selection, choose KDE Desktop.

    Install Linux 9
  11. Click on Next.

  12. Provide User’s Full Name, Username and Master Password and click Next.

    Note: Regarding the Master Password we assume that you might want to use the same password throughout the tutorial, because it might be easier to remember. The SAP NetWeaver requires a certain password complexity. Therefore, it makes sense that you use at least 8 characters, one number and one capital letter to form your password, e.g. Appl1ance.

    Install Linux 10
  13. In the Installation Settings wizard step, scroll down to find Firewall and SSH settings:

    • Click on the disable link to disable the Firewall.
    • Click on the enable link to enable the SSH service.
    Install Linux 11
  14. Click on Install.

    Install Linux 12
  15. After confirming that all settings are correct, click on Install.

    Install Linux 13
  16. After the installation finished (about 15-20 minutes), the VM will reboot automatically.

  17. The VM will come up with default start option Boot from hard Disk. If you do nothing it will
    automatically use this option after 60 seconds (you may also hit RETURN key to speed this up).

    Reboot Linux 1

  18. Next the openSUSE Leap <version> is displayed as default boot option and will be used automatically after a few seconds.

    Reboot Linux 2
  19. openSUSE might want to install quite some updates. It is not necessary to install these, so you may skip this step.

  20. Eventually you will reach the logon screen for your openSUSE installation. (The logon page/lock screen will also come up after certain time of not working with the running VM). Enter your password and click Unlock to enter the KDE desktop.

    Note: This password is also the password of the root user, which you have to enter frequently later in this tutorial. The root user has advanced administration privileges in a Linux OS.

    Reboot Linux 3
  21. Close the Desktop Folder window: Hover over the window and click the X icon (with tooltip Remove) in the lower right corner of the window.

    Reboot Linux 4
  22. For Laptop/Notebook/MacBook Users: To keep the Linux VM session alive when not connected to a power supply you must change the default Energy Saving system settings.

    Warning: The default power setting is that the server will suspend your session after 10 minutes of inactivity when your laptop is running on a battery. This stops any access to the SAP system and also shuts down the network connection making the VM inaccessible.

  23. On the KDE desktop open the Application menu (similar to the Windows Start menu) in the bottom left corner. In the search field enter the query string power and click on the menu entry Energy Saving.

    Reboot Linux 5
  24. In the Energy Saving dialog select tab On Battery. Disable the checkbox Suspend session.

  25. Select tab On Low Battery. Again disable the checkbox Suspend session.

  26. Click on Apply and close the dialog with OK.

    Reboot Linux 6

Create VM Snapshot

Having successfully installed and set up your openSUSE Linux operating system, you should create a VM snapshot of this initial state. You may revert to this snapshot, in case something should go wrong or break in the VM.

  1. In the running Oracle VM VirtualBox window menu: Choose Machine | Take Snapshot….

    Snapshot 1
  2. In the opened window enter Initial Installation Snapshot and click OK.

    Snapshot 2

Result: The VM snapshot Initial Installation Snapshot has been created and saved.

Step 3: Configure VM - Proxy, Internet, shared Clipboard

Configure Internet Proxy (optional)

In case you are using a proxy to connect to the internet, you have to configure it as follows; otherwise you may skip this section.

VM VirtualBox Setting

  1. In the running Oracle VM VirtualBox window menu: Choose Input | Keyboard | Keyboard Settings….

    Proxy Config 1
  2. In the opened Preferences window select Proxy from the navigation:

    • Select Manual Proxy Configuration option.
    • Enter your Host and Port to the corresponding input fields (e.g. and 8080).
    • Click OK to save the proxy settings.
    Proxy Config 2

YaST Proxy Setting

YaST is the installation and configuration tool for openSUSE. It can be used to configure your entire system, network, system services and security settings. It may also install new software packages from the internet. Hence you might need to set up a proxy for YaST.

  1. In the running Oracle VM VirtualBox open the KDE Application Menu by clicking on the gear with K icon in the lower left corner.

    Proxy Config 3
  2. Navigate to System | YaST and click on the YaST item.

  3. Enter your root password to open the YaST Control Center.

    Proxy Config 4
  4. Enter proxy as search term into the Search field.

    Proxy Config 5
  5. On the right side, select the Proxy icon in the Network Services category.

  6. On the Proxy Configuration page:

    • Select Enable Proxy checkbox.
    • Enter HTTP Proxy URL value, e.g. http://proxy.mycompany.corp:8080
    • Select Use the Same Proxy for All Protocols checkbox.
    • Click Test Proxy Settings to verify the proxy settings.
    Proxy Config 6
  7. A Proxy settings work successfully popup should appear. Confirm with OK.

    Proxy Config 7
  8. Click OK to save the proxy settings.

    Proxy Config 8
  9. Confirm the Successfully Saved dialog with OK.

Firefox Proxy Setting

  1. In the running Oracle VM VirtualBox open the KDE Application Menu by clicking on the gear with K icon in the lower left corner.

    Test Proxy 1
  2. Navigate to Internet | Firefox and click on the item to open the Firefox web browser.

    Test Proxy 2
  3. Open Firefox menu in the upper right corner and click on Preferences.

    Test Proxy 3
  4. On the opened Preferences page:

    • Choose Advanced item from left side icon bar.
    • On the Advanced page click Network tab.
    • Click Settings… button
    Test Proxy 4
  5. On the opened Connection Settings dialog:

    • Select Manual Proxy configuration option
    • Enter your HTTP Proxy and Port value (e.g. proxy and 8080)
    • Select Use this proxy server for all protocols option
    • Click OK to save the proxy settings.
    Test Proxy 5

Test Internet Connection

  1. In the running Oracle VM VirtualBox open the KDE Application Menu by clicking on the gear with K icon in the lower left corner.

    Test Proxy 6
  2. Navigate to Internet | Firefox and click on the item to open the Firefox web browser.

    Test Proxy 7
  3. You should now see a working openSUSE default web page.

Enable bi-directional shared clipboard

Before you continue with the ABAP installation specific steps, you should enable the bi-directional shared clipboard as follows. This option allows you to use clipboard contents (copy & paste) from your host OS (Windows / Mac OS X) in the VM (openSUSE) and vice-versa. This should make things much easier when you copy and paste contents from this tutorial into the Linux console.

  1. In the running Oracle VM VirtualBox window menu: Open Devices | Shared Clipboard | Bidirectional.

  2. Click on the Bidirectional item so that it is enabled.

Hint: With this enabled bi-directional option you can now copy and paste from your host operating system to the VM image window and vice versa. This is very helpful as you can copy e.g. needed command lines from the tutorial description (web page on your host OS) into a bash window of your VM window.

You have now successfully completed this tutorial and set up openSUSE in a VirtualBox VM. You can now proceed with installing a SAP NetWeaver system in this VM, as described in this next tutorial: Install SAP NetWeaver in openSUSE

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