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What is kISO (Kernel Update ISO)


A couples of months ago, one of the Taiwan ODMs called me and asked some questions about kISO such as what is it ? when will need it ? who should request it ?

A kISO is similar to a Bootable Driver Kit and can be used to provide an updated kernel for SUSE® Linux Enterprise installation.  Mostly likely, the customer fails to install the media on specific hardware configurations due to the kernel panics or hangs from the standard installation media.

For example, kISO for HPE ProLiant and Synergy Gen9 Servers ( https://drivers.suse.com/hpe/HPE-ProLiant-Gen9/ ), this Installation Kits provide updates to the SUSE Linux Enterprise Server as well as addition, third-party device driver updates qualified for use with HPE ProLiant and Synergy Gen9 Servers.

In order to install SUSE® Linux Enterprise products using a kISO:

  1. Boot using the kISO image and the normal boot/installation screen will appear.
  2. Configure installation options as usual and continue with the install.
  3. After the kernel and initial ram disk from the KISO are loaded, the install process will prompt for disk 1 of the SUSE Linux Enterprise media to be inserted.
  4. Insert the proper media and select “OK” to continue.
  5. At this point the install will continue as normal.

After package installation and before the first boot of the newly installed OS, the standard installed kernel will be updated to the version provided by the kISO.

Keep in mind that the kISOs need to be generated for the companies that will certify the products, sell to the end user, and deliver end user support.

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