6.8 SUSE Customer Center Registration

To get technical support and product updates, you need to register and activate your product with the SUSE Customer Center. Registering SUSE Linux Enterprise Server now grants you immediate access to the update repository. This enables you to install the system with the latest updates and patches available. If you are offline or want to skip this step, select Skip Registration. You can register your system at any time later from the installed system.

NOTE: Network Configuration

After booting into the installation, the installation routine is set up. During this setup, an attempt to configure all network interfaces with DHCP is made. If DHCP is not available or you want to modify the network configuration, click Network Configuration in the upper right corner of the SUSE Customer Center Registration screen. The YaST module Network Settings opens. See Section 16.4, Configuring a Network Connection with YaST, (↑Administration Guide) for details.

Figure 6-7 SUSE Customer Center Registration

SUSE Customer Center Registration

To register your system, provide the E-mail address associated with the SUSE account you or your organization uses to manage subscriptions. In case you do not have a SUSE account yet, go to the SUSE Customer Center home page (https://scc.suse.com/) to create one.

Enter the Registration Code you received with your copy of SUSE Linux Enterprise Server. YaST can also read registration codes from a USB storage device such as a flash disk. For details, see Section 6.8.1, Loading Registration Codes from USB Storage.

Proceed with Next to start the registration process. If one or more local registration servers are available on your network, you can choose one of them from a list. By default, SUSE Linux Enterprise Server is registered at the SUSE Customer Center. If your local registration server was not discovered automatically, choose Cancel, select Register System via local SMT Server and enter the URL of the server. Restart the registration by choosing Next again.

During the registration, the online update repositories will be added to your installation setup. When finished, you can choose whether to install the latest available package versions from the update repositories. This ensures that SUSE Linux Enterprise Server is installed with the latest security updates available. If you choose No, all packages will be installed from the installation media. Proceed with Next.

If the system was successfully registered during installation, YaST will disable repositories from local installation media such as CD/DVD or flash disks when the installation has been completed. This prevents problems if the installation source is no longer available and ensures that you always get the latest updates from the online repositories.

HINT: Release Notes

From this point on, the Release Notes can be viewed from any screen during the installation process by selecting Release Notes.

6.8.1 Loading Registration Codes from USB Storage

To make the registration more convenient, you can also store your registration codes on a USB storage device such as a flash disk. YaST will automatically pre-fill the corresponding text box. This is particularly useful when testing the installation or if you need to register many systems or extensions.

NOTE: Limitations

Currently flash disks are only scanned during installation or upgrade, but not when registering a running system.

Create a file named regcodes.txt or regcodes.xml on the USB disk. If both are present, the XML takes precedence.

In that file, identify the product with the name returned by zypper search --type product and assign it a registration code as follows:

Example 6-1 regcodes.txt

SLES    cc36aae1
SLED    309105d4

sle-we  5eedd26a
sle-live-patching 8c541494

Example 6-2 regcodes.xml

<?xml version="1.0"?>
<profile xmlns="http://www.suse.com/1.0/yast2ns"
    <addons config:type="list">

Note that SLES and SLED are not extensions, but listing them as add-ons allows for combining several base product registration codes in a single file. See Section 4.3.1, Extensions, (↑AutoYaST) for details.