Upgrading to SLES 11 SP1

By: coolguys

July 28, 2011 3:52 pm





Q: Can I upgrade my existing systems of SUSE Linux Enterprise Server 9, 10 or 11 on SUSE Linux Enterprise Server 11 SP 1? Is the upgrade free of charge and where exactly will the upgrade take place?

A. Can you upgrade? Yes. Can you get updates after going from 9 to 11? We’re not 100% sure, and we couldn’t find somebody who knew. The same activation code used in SLE 10 is used in SLE 11 so that definitely works and we don’t think there is an additional cost there but that’s probably something you should ask a sales rep.

SPs, of course, are always free and subsequent updates are more a matter of whether or not your activation code is still valid.

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Disclaimer: As with everything else in the SUSE Blog, this content is definitely not supported by SUSE (so don't even think of calling Support if you try something and it blows up).  It was contributed by a community member and is published "as is." It seems to have worked for at least one person, and might work for you. But please be sure to test, test, test before you do anything drastic with it.


  1. By:asalazar

    Doing the upgrade from SLES 10 to 11 depends on the OES version you are running. A my last read of requirements there was no OES version for Sles 11. Where do we stand with that. Also in netware we could do an update of the OS then we scheduled the reboot to put the update in play. What I have experienced in the upgrade from Sles 9 to 10 I had to do a down server update. Can the update method be streamlined???

  2. By:GeraldPfeifer

    Please refer to our fine release notes for more details on the supported upgrade paths:

    As for pricing, yes, a subscription for a SUSE Linux Enterprise product is good for any
    version (including any service pack, but also any major version) of that product. In other
    words one and the same subscription covers SLES 9, SLES 10, SLES 11 and in the future
    SLES 12 without any additional upgrade cost.

  3. By:Sgermanides

    As mentioned in other comments, the current version — OES2 SP3 — is supported on SLES 10 SP3. Support for this version of OES will extend to SLES 10 SP4 in the near future.

    The next major release of OES – slated to be available before the end of the year — will be built on SLES 11 SP1. The many advances of SLES 11 over SLES 10 will accrue to the OES customer as well, not the least of which is fast and streamlined updates.

    We also have an upcoming solution for in-place upgrades, so stay tuned to check that out. It will be demonstrated at BrainShare. It’s sure to impress.

  4. By:thomaspriyan

    after upgrade from sles10sp2 to sles11sp1 using DVD media , 1TB disks header got corrupted.
    when i execute fdisk i got error as

    ” WARNING: GPT (GUID Partition Table) detected on ‘/dev/sdw’! The util fdisk doesn’t support GPT. Use GNU Parted. ”

    take precaution steps for1 TB disks, if anyone know solution for this please share.

  5. By:tdeming

    We had the identical problem – had to re-format the disk and recover from tape. We are still looking for the root cause, so please let us all know if you have an answer.