Installation and Administration

This guide is intended for use by professional network and system administrators during the actual planning, deployment, configuration, and operation of SUSE Linux EnterpriseĀ®. As such, it is solely concerned with ensuring that SUSE Linux Enterprise is properly configured and that the required services on the network are available to allow it to function properly as initially installed. This guide does not cover the process of ensuring that SUSE Linux Enterprise offers proper compatibility with your enterprise's application software or that its core functionality meets those requirements. It assumes that a full requirements audit has been done and the installation has been requested or that a test installation, for the purpose of such an audit, has been requested.

This guide contains the following:


Before you install SUSE Linux Enterprise, choose the deployment strategy and disk setup that is best suited for your scenario. Learn how to install your system manually, how to use network installation setups, and how to perform an autoinstallation. Configure the installed system with YaST to adapt it to your requirements.


SUSE Linux Enterprise offers a wide range of tools to customize various aspects of the system. This part introduces a few of them.


Learn more about the underlying operating system by studying this part. SUSE Linux Enterprise supports a number of hardware architectures and you can use this to adapt your own applications to run on SUSE Linux Enterprise. The boot loader and boot procedure information assists you in understanding how your Linux system works and how your own custom scripts and applications may blend in with it.


SUSE Linux Enterprise is designed to be a network operating system. It offers a wide range of network services, such as DNS, DHCP, Web, proxy, and authentication services, and integrates well into heterogeneous environments including MS Windows clients and servers.


This edition of SUSE Linux Enterprise includes several security-related features. It ships with NovellĀ® AppArmor, which enables you to protect your applications by restricting privileges. Secure login, firewalling, and file system encryption are covered as well.


SUSE Linux Enterprise includes a wealth of applications, tools, and documentation should you need them in case of trouble. Some of the most common problems that can occur with SUSE Linux Enterprise and their solutions are discussed in detail.