For more detailed installation instructions and deployment strategies, see the SUSE Linux Enterprise Server Documentation at http://www.suse.com/documentation/.
any AMD64/Intel* EM64T processor (32-bit processors are not supported)
512 MB physical RAM (1 GB or more recommended)
3.5 GB available disk space (more recommended)
800 x 600 display resolution (1024 x 768 or higher recommended)
Use these instructions if there is no existing Linux system on your machine, or if you want to replace an existing Linux system.
Insert the SUSE Linux Enterprise Server DVD into the drive, then reboot the computer to start the installation program. On machines with a traditional BIOS you will see the graphical boot screen shown below. On machines equipped with UEFI, a slightly different boot screen is used. Secure boot on UEFI machines is supported.
Use F2 to change the language for the installer. A
corresponding keyboard layout is chosen automatically. See
The Boot Screen on Machines Equipped with Traditional BIOS, (↑Deployment Guide) or
The Boot Screen on Machines Equipped with UEFI, (↑Deployment Guide) for more information about
changing boot options.
Select Enter. This boots the system and loads the SUSE Linux Enterprise Server installer.on the boot screen, then press
Theand are initialized with the language settings you have chosen on the boot screen. Change them here, if necessary.
Read the License Agreement. It is presented in the language you have chosen on the boot screen.are available. You need to accept the agreement by checking to install SUSE Linux Enterprise Server. Proceed with .
A system analysis is performed, where the installer probes for storage devices, and tries to find other installed systems. If the network could not be automatically configured while starting the installation system, thedialog opens.
After at least one network interface has been configured you can register your system at the SUSE Customer Center (SCC). Enter the e-mail address associated with your SCC account and the registration code for SUSE Linux Enterprise Server. A successful registration is a prerequisite for getting product updates and being entitled to technical support. Proceed with.
HINT: Installing Product Patches at Installation Time
If SUSE Linux Enterprise Server has been successfully registered at the SUSE Customer Center, you are asked whether to install the latest available online updates during the installation. If choosing, the system will be installed with the most current packages without having to apply the updates after installation. Activating this option is recommended.
NOTE: Release Notes
From this point on, the Release Notes can be viewed from any screen during the installation process by selecting.
After the system is successfully registered, YaST lists modules and extensions that are available for SUSE Linux Enterprise Server from the SUSE Customer Center. The list contains free modules, such as the SUSE Linux Enterprise SDK, or extensions requiring a registration key that is liable for costs. Click an entry to see its description. Optionally select a module or extension for installation by activating its check mark. Proceed with.
SUSE Linux Enterprise Server, that are not provided by the SUSE Customer Center. Such add-on products
may include third-party products and drivers or additional software for
HINT: Adding Drivers During the Installation
You can also add driver update repositories via the http://drivers.suse.com/. These drivers have been created via the SUSE SolidDriver Program.dialog. Driver updates for SUSE Linux Enterprise are provided at
If you want to skip this step, proceed with. Otherwise activate . Specify a media type, a local path or a network resource hosting the repository and follow the on-screen instructions.
Checkto download the files describing the repository now. If deactivated, they will be downloaded after the installation has started. Proceed with and insert a medium if required. Depending on the product's content it may be necessary to accept additional license agreements. Proceed with . If you have chosen an add-on product requiring a registration key, you will be asked to enter it at the page.
Choose thethat meets your requirements best. Select for physical machines or virtual guests. For a virtualization host that can run other virtual machines, select or .
Review the partition setup proposed by the system. If necessary, change it. You have the following options:
Lets you change options for the proposed settings, but not the suggested partition layout itself.
Select a disk to which to apply the proposal.
To accept the proposed setup without any changes, chooseto proceed.
Select the clock and time zone to use in your system. To manually adjust
the time or to configure an NTP server for time synchronization, choose
Clock and Time Zone, (↑Deployment Guide) for detailed information. Proceed
To create a local user, type the first and last name in thefield, the login name in the field, and the password in the field.
The password should be at least eight characters long and should contain both uppercase and lowercase letters and numbers. The maximum length for passwords is 72 characters, and passwords are case-sensitive.
For security reasons it is also strongly recommended not to enable the . You should also not but rather provide a separate root password in the next installation step. Proceed with .
Type a password for the system administrator account (called the root user).
You should never forget the root password! After you entered it
here, the password cannot be retrieved. See
Password for the System Administrator root, (↑Deployment Guide) for more information. Proceed
Use thescreen to review and—if necessary—change several proposed installation settings. The current configuration is listed for each setting. To change it, click the headline. Some settings, such as firewall or SSH can directly be changed by clicking the respective links.
HINT: Remote Access
Changes you can make here, can also be made later at any time from the installed system. However, if you need remote access directly after the installation, you should adjust thesettings according to your needs.
The default scope of software includes the base system and X Window
with the GNOME desktop. Clicking Section 13.0,
Installing or Removing Software, (↑Deployment Guide) for more information.
This section shows the boot loader configuration. Changing the
defaults is only recommended if really needed. Refer to
The Boot Loader GRUB 2, (↑Administration Guide) for details.
By default, the Firewall is enabled with the active network interface
configured for the external zone. See
SuSEFirewall2, (↑Security Guide) for configuration
The SSH service is disabled by default, its port (22) is closed. Therefore logging in from remote is not possible by default. Clickto toggle these settings.
Kdump saves the memory image (
core dump) to the file
system in case the kernel crashes. This enables you to find the cause
of the crash by debugging the dump file. Kdump is preconfigured and
enabled by default. See Section 17.7,
Basic Kdump Configuration, (↑System Analysis and Tuning Guide) for
By default, the system boots into thetarget, with network, multiuser and display manager support. Switch to if you do not need to log in via display manager.
View detailed hardware information by clicking
System Information, (↑Deployment Guide) for more information.
After you have finalized the system configuration on thescreen, click . Depending on your software selection you may need to agree to license agreements before the installation confirmation screen pops up. Up to this point no changes have been made to your system. After you click a second time, the installation process starts.
During the installation, the progress is shown in detail on thetab.
After the installation routine has finished, the computer is rebooted
into the installed system. Log in and start YaST to fine-tune the
system. If you are not using a graphical desktop or are working from
remote, refer to Section 5.0,
YaST in Text Mode, (↑Administration Guide) for information on using
YaST from a terminal.