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Accessing a tty during installation of SUSE Linux Enterprise Server via VMware vsphere

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SUSE Linux Enterprise Server for VMware Service Pack 3
SUSE Linux Enterprise Server 11 Service Pack 3 (SLES 11 SP3)
Vmware vsphere Windows client


For several purposes (e.g. troubleshooting installation, access to kernel messages or log files) it is necessary to access a tty during installation the installation of SUSE Linux Enterprise Server via VMware vsphere client. The default keys to release keyboard and mouse from a VM is set to CTRL+ALT which is also needed to access a tty from the graphical installation environment. When attempting to access a tty using e.g. CTRL+ALT+F2 the VM releases the keyboard/mouse instead of switching to the desired tty.


Boot the installation in textmode using
This will allow switching to a tty using ALT+Fx instead of CTRL+ALT+Fx.


The vsphere client does not allow reassignment of this hotkey function to a different key combination.

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  • Document ID:7015277
  • Creation Date: 25-Jun-2014
  • Modified Date:28-Sep-2022
    • SUSE Linux Enterprise Server

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