Subscription Management Tool Guide

Subscription Management Tool (SMT) for SUSE Linux Enterprise 11 helps customers to manage their SUSE Linux Enterprise software updates while maintaining corporate firewall policy and regulatory compliance requirements. SMT is a package proxy system that is integrated with the Novell® Customer Center and provides key Novell Customer Center capabilities locally at the customer site. It provides a repository and registration target that is synchronized with the Novell Customer Center, thus maintaining all the capabilities of the Novell Customer Center while allowing a more secure centralized deployment.

Overview

The Subscription Management Tool Guide is divided into the following chapters:

SMT Installation

This chapter introduces the SMT installation process and the SMT Configuration Wizard. You can install the SMT add-on together with your base system during the installation process or on top of an already installed base system. The SMT Configuration Wizard guides you through the individual installation steps.

SMT Server Configuration

This chapter introduces the YaST configuration module SMT Server. You can set and configure organization credentials, SMT database passwords, and e-mail addresses to send SMT reports, or set the SMT job schedule, and activate or deactivate the SMT service.

Mirroring Repositories on the SMT Server

This chapter introduces the option to mirror the installation and update sources with YaST.

Managing Repositories with YaST SMT Server Management

This chapter introduces the option to register client machines on Novell Customer Center. The Client machines must be configured to use SMT.

SMT Reports

This chapter introduces generated reports based on SMT and Novell Customer Center data. Generated reports contain statistics of all registered machines and products used and of all active, expiring, or missing subscriptions.

SMT Tools and Configuration Files

This chapter introduces the most important scripts, configuration files and certificates shipped with SMT.

Configuring Clients to Use SMT

This chapter introduces the option to configure any client machine to register against SMT and download software updates from there instead of communicating directly with the Novell Customer Center and the NU servers.

Additional Documentation and Resources

Chapters in this manual contain links to additional documentation resources that is either available on the system or on the Internet.

For an overview of the documentation available for your product and the latest documentation updates, refer to http://www.suse.com/documentation.

Feedback

Several feedback channels are available:

Bugs and Enhancement Requests

To report bugs for a product component, or to submit enhancement requests, please use https://bugzilla.suse.com/. For documentation bugs, submit a bug report for the component Documentation of the respective product.

If you are new to Bugzilla, you might find the following articles helpful:

Bugs and Enhancement Requests

For services and support options available for your product, refer to http://www.suse.com/support/.

To report bugs for a product component, log into the Novell Customer Center from http://www.suse.com/support/ and select My Support > Service Request.

User Comments

We want to hear your comments about and suggestions for this manual and the other documentation included with this product. Use the User Comments feature at the bottom of each page in the online documentation or go to http://www.suse.com/documentation/feedback.html and enter your comments there.

Mail

For feedback on the documentation of this product, you can also send a mail to doc-team@suse.de. Make sure to include the document title, the product version and the publication date of the documentation. To report errors or suggest enhancements, provide a concise description of the problem and refer to the respective section number and page (or URL).

Documentation Conventions

The following typographical conventions are used in this manual:

  • /etc/passwd: directory names and filenames

  • placeholder: replace placeholder with the actual value

  • PATH: the environment variable PATH

  • ls, --help: commands, options, and parameters

  • user: users or groups

  • Alt, Alt+F1: a key to press or a key combination; keys are shown in uppercase as on a keyboard

  • File, File > Save As: menu items, buttons

  • This paragraph is only relevant for the architectures amd64, em64t, and ipf. The arrows mark the beginning and the end of the text block.

  • Dancing Penguins (Chapter Penguins, ↑Another Manual): This is a reference to a chapter in another manual.