I need to install a bunch of tools on a suse enterprise distribution for a PoC f a tool. I tried everything on a local VM: I'll have no problems
I connect to the servers (which have a bunch of enterprise restrictions, aka, no internet) using putty.

I would need at some point a Graphical Interface - KDE, Gnome,.. at this point I'm not picky.

I tried searching for a zip of these two that I could unzip and somehow run, however everything I found seems to find is for deb. (and it's not that much either).

Do you have any clue you can give me?

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    A server don't need a Desktop. Suse don't use *.deb files. zypper installs *.rpm files. This is only an information
    – user192526
    Jan 17, 2017 at 15:21
  • I second Bahamut on this. There is no need to run a DE on a server. If you were adamant about this abomination, you would need many packages to get Xorg and a graphical interface running. It is not as simple as downloading a .zip
    – Bruno9779
    Jan 17, 2017 at 15:30
  • I understand that it doesn't use .deb. That was a comment that all I found was useless :)
    – mik
    Jan 17, 2017 at 15:40
  • My main question is if I can get a GUI for my linux instance. I cannot run zypper install because I have no access to repos...
    – mik
    Jan 17, 2017 at 15:42
  • I was able to get xming going, but the latency is super slow. I figure i might have to think if there is an alternative solution to this.
    – mik
    Jan 17, 2017 at 17:36

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If you insert the installation disc into your system then Zypper will pick up on it as a local repository that you can use to install the desktop environment.

From the SUSE documentation, "By default, the product repositories such as SUSE Linux Enterprise Server-DVD 12 SP2 and a matching update repository are automatically configured after you have registered your system."

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