Installations of SUSE Linux Enterprise Server are possible in many different ways. It is impossible to cover all combinations of boot, or installation server, automated installations or deploying images. This manual should help with selecting the appropriate method of deployment for your installation.
The standard deployment instructions differ depending on the architecture used. For differences and requirements regarding the architecture, see this part.
Most tasks that are needed during installations are described here. This includes the manual setup of your computer as well as additional software and remote installations.
Mass installations often require the preparation of images or products furnished with the features that are needed in this special case. Several options are described that allow the administrator to prepare these deployment methods.
To do unattended installations, either use the installation with AutoYaST or prepare an image with kiwi or firstboot. This part describes methods to deploy these installations with a minimum of user interaction.
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Shows how to install single or multiple systems and how to exploit the product inherent capabilities for a deployment infrastructure. Choose from various approaches, ranging from a local installation or a network installation server to a mass deployment using a remote-controlled, highly-customized, and automated installation technique.
Administration Guide,(↑Administration Guide)
Covers system administration tasks like maintaining, monitoring, and customizing an initially installed system.
Security Guide,(↑Security Guide)
Introduces basic concepts of system security, covering both local and network security aspects. Shows how to make use of the product inherent security software like AppArmor (which lets you specify per program which files the program may read, write, and execute), and the auditing system that reliably collects information about any security-relevant events.
Security and Hardening Guide,(↑Security and Hardening Guide)
Deals with the particulars of installing and setting up a secure SUSE Linux Enterprise Server, and additional post-installation processes required to further secure and harden that installation. Supports the administrator with security-related choices and decisions.
System Analysis and Tuning Guide,(↑System Analysis and Tuning Guide)
An administrator's guide for problem detection, resolution and optimization. Find how to inspect and optimize your system by means of monitoring tools and how to efficiently manage resources. Also contains an overview of common problems and solutions, and of additional help and documentation resources.
Virtualization with Xen,(↑Virtualization with Xen)
Offers an introduction to virtualization technology of your product. It features an overview of the various fields of application and installation types of each of the platforms supported by SUSE Linux Enterprise Server as well as a short description of the installation procedure.
Virtualization with KVM for IBM System z,(↑Virtualization with KVM for IBM System z)
Offers an introduction to setting up and managing virtualization with KVM (Kernel-based Virtual Machine) on SUSE Linux Enterprise Server. Learn how to manage KVM with libvirt or QEMU. The guide also contains detailed information about requirements, limitations, and support status.
AutoYaST is a system for installing one or more SUSE Linux Enterprise systems automatically and without user intervention, using an AutoYaST profile that contains installation and configuration data. The manual guides you through the basic steps of auto-installation: preparation, installation, and configuration.
Storage Administration Guide,(↑Storage Administration Guide)
Provides information about how to manage storage devices on a SUSE Linux Enterprise Server.
In addition to the comprehensive manuals, several quick start guides are available:
Installation Quick Start,(↑Quick Start Manuals)
Lists the system requirements and guides you step-by-step through the installation of SUSE Linux Enterprise Server from DVD, or from an ISO image.
Gives a short overview how to enable and configure the auditing system and how to execute key tasks such as setting up audit rules, generating reports, and analyzing the log files.
Helps you understand the main concepts behind AppArmor®.
Virtualization with Linux Containers (LXC),(↑Quick Start Manuals)
Gives a short introduction to LXC (a lightweight
virtualization method) and shows how to set up an LXC
host and LXC containers.
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