Client Configuration Guide

SUSE® Manager lets you efficiently manage a set of Linux systems and keep them up-to-date. It provides automated and cost-effective software management, asset management, system provisioning, and monitoring capabilities. SUSE Manager is compatible with Red Hat Satellite Server and offers seamless management of both SUSE® Linux Enterprise and Red Hat Enterprise Linux client systems.

This best practices guide is intended to help customers of SUSE Manager configure their client systems more easily.

Many chapters in this manual contain links to additional documentation resources. These include additional documentation that is available on the system as well as documentation available on the Internet.

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HTML versions of the manuals are also available from the Help tab of the SUSE Manager Web interface.

NOTE: Obtaining the Release Notes

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Available Documentation

The following manuals are available on this product:

Installation & Troubleshooting Guide, (↑Installation & Troubleshooting Guide)

Lists installation scenarios and example topologies for different SUSE Manager setups. Guides you step by step through the installation, setup and basic configuration of SUSE Manager. Also contains detailed information about SUSE Manager maintenance and troubleshooting.

Proxy Quick Start, (↑Proxy Quick Start)

Gives an overview of the installation and setup of SUSE Manager Proxy.

User Guide, (↑User Guide)

Guides through common use cases and explains the Web interface.

Client Configuration Guide

Describes best practices for setting up clients to connect to a SUSE Manager server or SUSE Manager Proxy.

Reference Guide, (↑Reference Guide)

Reference documentation that covers administration topics like registering and updating client systems, configuring the SUSE Manager daemon, monitoring client systems, and more. Also contains a glossary with key terms used in the SUSE Manager context.

HTML versions of the product manuals can be found in the installed system under /usr/share/doc/manual. Find the latest documentation updates at where you can download PDF or HTML versions of the manuals for your product.


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