Linux on IBM eServer zSeries and S/390: Building SuSE SLES8 Systems under z/VM

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Published on 03 August 2003

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IBM Form #: REDP-3687-00


Authors: Simon Williams

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    Abstract

    IBM z/VM and IBM VM/ESA are zSeries operating systems that enable other operating systems to run “under” them as guest virtual machines. Depending on the resources of the physical machine and the workload running on a guest, it is possible to run a large number of Linux servers under VM.

    In this Redpaper we demonstrate one approach to building Linux systems as Virtual Machine Guests running under VM. This is an update to Building Linux Systems under IBM VM, REDP0120, which was written for SuSE 7.0. This guide covers the installation of SuSE Linux Enterprise Server (SLES) version 8.

    Table of Contents

    Example environment

    Prerequisites

    Steps to building Linux systems as VM guests

    Formatting and labeling DASD

    Creating guest definitions in the VM User Directory

    Creating the first Linux guest definition

    Cloning preparation

     

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