OpenSUSE 11.3 on VirtualBox – Guest Additions Working Without Installation

OpenSUSE 11.3 on VirtualBox - Guest Additions

Let’s install the latest version of openSUSE 11.3 on VirtualBox. The good thing is, Guest additions working without installation.  So all full features of VirtualBox guest additions available just right after OS installation.

This small guide shows how to install openSUSE 11.3 on VirtualBox and check the working guest additions.

“ openSUSE Project is pleased to announce the release of openSUSE 11.3. openSUSE 11.3 includes new versions of GNOME, KDE,, Firefox, the Linux kernel, and many, many more updates and improvements. In 11.3 you’ll find more than 1,000 open source desktop applications. openSUSE also includes a full suite of server software and a rich selection of open source development tools”

1) Download openSUSE 11.3 ISO here. ( Any difficulties in downloading? leave a comment)

2) Create a new virtual machine. Operating System – Linux and Version openSUSE. You can select 64 Bit version if you downloaded 64 Bit installation ISO and your host computer supports 64 Bit Operating Systems.

OpenSUSE 11.3 on VirtualBox - Guest Additions

3) Set RAM to more than 512MB then create a hard disk. I wanted to use both processor cores for new Linux Virtual Machine. So, I have selected two cores, enabled IO APIC and PAE/NX, just to improve the performance.

OpenSUSE 11.3 on VirtualBox - Guest Additions OpenSUSE 11.3 on VirtualBox - Guest Additions

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4) Go to display settings, enable 3D and maximize video memory size. It definatly improves display performance.

OpenSUSE 11.3 on VirtualBox - Guest Additions

5) Mount the downloaded openSUSE 11.3 ISO file to Virtual machine’s CD Drive through Virtual media manager.

OpenSUSE 11.3 on VirtualBox - Guest Additions6) That’s it. Power on VM and continue installation, it will boot from CD drive ISO file. I’m not showing each steps of installation, because it is very simple and straight forward.

Select Installation in first screen.

OpenSUSE 11.3 on VirtualBox - Guest Additions

If you are not familiar with manual Linux partition creation, then leave the ‘Suggested Partitioning’ settings and click next.

OpenSUSE 11.3 on VirtualBox - Guest Additions

7) Select the Linux desktop environment you want to install and continue. I select GNOME Desktop.

desktop selection

8.) Once installation completed and VM restarted, you should be able to see openSUSE 11.3 desktop successfully.

9) The best part in this OS as I said earlier, you get all features of VirtualBox additions with openSUSE11.3 without install it from VBox menu. I think this OS packages has built in VB additions which installed during OS installation.

Straight away I can go to full screen mode, seamless mode, change screen size by adjusting VBox console window, which all normally work only after VBox guest additions installation.


10) Sound, Network, Internet and USB worked out of the box without any settings.

openSUSE 11.3 worked very fast inside VirtualBox with 1GB RAM. It’s worth to try at home without disturbing existing host operating systems with oracle VirtualBox.  What ever you do, don’t forget to take snapshot.

More information about snapshots available here.

Feel free to share issues you face in this installation, also don’t miss to leave a comment if this post helpful for you.

Have fun.


Dinesh is the founder of Sysprobs and written more than 400 articles. Enthusiast in Microsoft and cloud technologies with more than 15 years of IT experience.

13 thoughts on “OpenSUSE 11.3 on VirtualBox – Guest Additions Working Without Installation”

  1. Hey all! I stumbled on your blog via this post and I liked it enough to subscribe to your rss feed. Thanks for such great information!

  2. I instelld openSUSE 11.3 guest on Virtualbox 3.2.0 (Windows XP host), and you’re right, guest additions features work without the need of installing guest additions, but one feature doesn’t work and that is shared folders.

    Was you able to use shared folders without installing guest additions?

  3. I like running OpenSUSE 11.3 in VirtualBox. The built in GuestAdditions makes the install even easier. I have run into only one issue, which I am hoping you might have some insight about. When I set up the share to my host OS, I can mount it manually just fine. But if I use fstab to attempt the mount when the guest OS is booted, I still have to run “sudo mount -a” to achieve the mount. Using the fstab file in Ubuntu 10 or Fedora 13 works with no assistance. Even using vfstab in OpenSolaris 2009.06 works with no assistance. I don’t understand why OpenSUSE treats this differently and I can’t quite figure out how to automate it. Thanks for any insight you might have.

  4. Hello Dinesh,

    I have followed all of your instructions and have installed open SUSE 11.3 on VB v3.2.10 but every time I start the VM, it comes up to the open SUSE installer screen instead of booting from the hard disk. If I pick “boot from hard drive” it begins to boot and then locks up at the SUSE logo. How I can change it so that open SUSE boot right from the hard disk like it would on a physical server?


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