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Not able to install 64bit guest inside of VMware on SLE

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SUSE Linux Enterprise Desktop 11
SUSE Linux Enterprise Desktop 10
SUSE Linux Enterprise Server 11
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VMware ESX Server
VMware Workstation
VMware Server


Trying to install a guest inside a VMware product running on SLE10 or SLE11 results in the message
Cool computer...but this is a 32-bit system. You cannot install 64-bit software.
This happens even if the host OS was already installed in 64-bit mode. 


Please check the hardware and BIOS requirements for VMware Guest Operating systems:
An AMD64"revision D" CPU or Intel EM64T CPU with VT support is required. In case a Intel CPU is used, additionally the CPU virtualization support in the BIOS has to be enabled. 

Additional Information

To check whether the CPU supports virtualization please run the command

     cat /proc/cpuinfo 

and check if the flags 'lm' (identifies the CPU as 64-bit) and 'vmx' (Intel virtualization) are present.
Please note: The output will show the flags anyway. It is no indicator whether CPU virtualization is enabled in the BIOS. It is just a proof that the CPU supports those features.

Please find more information in the VMware Knowledge Base under


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  • Document ID:7003767
  • Creation Date: 06-Jul-2009
  • Modified Date:04-Oct-2022
    • SUSE Linux Enterprise Desktop
    • SUSE Linux Enterprise Server

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