How to assign Long Term Service Pack Support repositories to installed systems
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SUSE Linux Enterprise Server 11 (All versions with LTSS)
SUSE Linux Enterprise Server 10 (All versions with LTSS)
If a requirement for a longer transition period persists or perhaps 3rd party applications prevent to upgrade to the next service pack, then a Long Term Service Pack Support (LTSS) contract may be an option to maintain a secure SUSE Linux Enterprise based setup.
This knowledgebase article will explain how LTSS repositories may be added to systems which fetch updates from SUSE directly or are connected to a SMT, SUSE Manager or SUSE Studio installation.
SLES 10 SPx / SLES 11 SPx
When the server is connected directly to the internet, the system needs to be registered using a LTSS activation code which can be located in the SUSE Customer Center account. Please note, LTSS activation codes are product dependent. Registering a SLES11SP1 with an LTSS code for SLES10SP2 will not succeed. Make sure the correct activation code is selected when registering the system.
In this situation the usual procedures for registering a SLES server apply. Please see for details http://www.suse.com/products/register.html how to register a SLES server using YaST2. If a scripted approach is necessary, the command suse_register might be used to accomplish the registration:
suse_register -a email=EMAILADDR -a regcode-sles=LTSS-ACTIVATIONCODE
Adding repository 'SLE11-SDK-SP1-Updates' [......done] Adding repository 'SLE11-SDK-SP1-Pool' [......done] Adding repository 'SLES11-SP1-Updates' [......done] Adding repository 'SLES11-SP1-Pool' [......done] Adding repository 'SLE11-SP1-Debuginfo-Updates' [......done] Adding repository 'SLE11-SP1-Debuginfo-Pool' [......done] Adding repository 'SLES11-Extras' [......done] Adding repository 'SLE11-WebYaST-SP1-Pool' [......done] Adding repository 'SLE11-WebYaST-SP1-Updates' [......done] Adding repository 'SLES11-SP1-LTSS-Updates' [......done]
Please adjust EMAILADDR and LTSS-ACTIVATIONCODE accordingly. To change the registration on any SUSE Linux Enterprise based system please follow here
Updates via Subscription Management Tool(SMT)
Environments using a SMT server to download and provide updates locally will have to enable the appropriate LTSS channels they are entitled to either by using the YaST2 smt module or the smt-catalogs command:
rizzo:~ # smt-catalogs -e SLES11-SP1-LTSS-Updates .---------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------. | Mirror? | ID | Type | Name | Target | Description | Can be Mirrored | Staging | +---------+----+------+-------------------------+---------------+-------------------------------------------+-----------------+---------+ | No | 1 | nu | SLES11-SP1-LTSS-Updates | sle-11-i586 | SLES11-SP1-LTSS-Updates for sle-11-i586 | Yes | No | | No | 2 | nu | SLES11-SP1-LTSS-Updates | sle-11-s390x | SLES11-SP1-LTSS-Updates for sle-11-s390x | No | No | | No | 3 | nu | SLES11-SP1-LTSS-Updates | sle-11-x86_64 | SLES11-SP1-LTSS-Updates for sle-11-x86_64 | Yes | No | '---------+----+------+-------------------------+---------------+-------------------------------------------+-----------------+---------' Select repository number (or all) to change, (1-3,a) :3 1 Repo(s) enabled.
After finishing the repository sync, please re-run suse_register to have the machine fetch the new channels from the SMT server.
Systems maintained via SUSE Manager
For systems operating a SLES11SP1 patch level and connected to SUSE Manager verify first if the Channel sles11-sp1-ltss-updates-<arch> is available and can be mirrored.
Please run the following command :
mgr-sync list channels
mgr-sync list credentials
Admin --> Setup Wizards --> Organization Credentials
If, as said before, the mentioned refresh is needed (for a new subscription that was recently added) the refresh can be done by running:
mgr-sync add channel sles11-sp1-ltss-updates-x86_64
mgr-sync add channel sles11-sp1-ltss-updates-i586
A repository sync will be triggered automatically. When the sync is finished, create a new activation code specifically for SLES11SP1 or adjust any existing one - just ensure the key that is about to get changed does not contain any SP2 repositories. The SP1 key needs to contain the following child channels:
Save the key and generate a bootstrap file. Adjust this file to your needs and re-register the client using the bootstrap script to enable the LTSS repositories.
Please notice that SUSE Manager does not support the rather new product called "LTSS EXTREME CORE", introduced in 2023 for SLES 11 SP4, whose repository URL is as follows:
SUSE Studio Onsite
- Login to SUSE Studio as admin
- Click Admin user in the upper right corner
- Click Advanced
- Click the Repositories link
- Here you can enter a name and URL to access the LTSS repository
Login to SUSE Studio with your user account, select an existing SLES 11 SP1 appliance, then go to the "Software Tab", then select "Add repositories". Here you can add the LTSS repository to your appliance. After that, you need to (re-)build the appliance.
Starting with SLES 12 (SP0) LTSS has been made an extension that must be installed on the system.
This is a two-step process :
1) Register the system against an update service (registration server).
2) Install the SLES 12 LTSS extension/add-on/module, which also sets up the repository.
The list of installable SLE 12 extensions is based on the active registrations of the system and what is available on the registration server, which can be either the SUSE Customer Center (SCC) or an SMT server.
This means that the system needs to be registered before the installation of the LTSS product can be performed.
Step 1 - Registering the system
Systems connected to the internet and not using an internal Subscription Management Tool (SMT) server
Like SLES 11 servers connected directly to the internet, the system needs to be registered using a LTSS activation code which can be located in the SUSE Customer Center account. Please note, LTSS activation codes are product dependent. Registering a SLES 12 with an LTSS code for SLES 11 SP3 will not succeed. Make sure the correct activation code is selected when registering the system.
In SLE 12, the suse_register command has been replaced by the more feature-rich SUSEConnect command, but otherwise the usual procedures for registering a SLES server apply. Please see for details https://www.suse.com/products/register.html how to register a SLES server using YaST2. If a scripted approach is desired, the command SUSEConnect can be used to accomplish the registration:
SUSEConnect --email EMAILADDR --regcode SLES-ACTIVATIONCODEPlease adjust EMAILADDR and SLES-ACTIVATIONCODE accordingly. To change the registration on any SUSE Linux Enterprise based system, please follow here
Systems using a local Subscription Management Tool (SMT) server
The systems must be registered against the SMT server as described in Configuring Clients to Use SMT.
It is a pre-requisite that the SLES12-LTSS-Updates (and optionally SLES12-LTSS-Debuginfo-Updates) repositories are enabled for mirroring on the SMT server.
Provided the credentials to to download and provide updates locally will have to enable the appropriate LTSS channels they are entitled to either by using the YaST smt module or an smt-catalogs command like this :
smt-repos -e SLES12-LTSS-Updates sle-12-x86_64Step 2 - Installing the LTSS extension/add-on/module
Ensure that the system is patched to a level where at least the SUSEConnect package is capable of listing the available extensions (version 0.2.34 or higher).
The extension can either be installed with the YaST add-on module of from the command-line with the SUSEConnect command.
Launch the yast(2) add-on module and select
- Extensions and Modules from Registration Server...
- SUSE Linux Enterprise Server 12 LTSS 12
If the system is registered against SCC, the user is at this point prompted to enter the LTSS-activation code. Enter that and select Next.
Complete the installation and registration process
Verify that the LTSS is available and get the command to installed returned for free by entering this command :
SUSEConnect --list-extensions | grep LTSS
For systems registered with SCC, the output it will include "-r REGCODE" :
The registration code not relevant for systems registered against an SMT server, so here the output will be limited to :
SUSE Linux Enterprise Server 12 LTSS 12 x86_64
Install with: SUSEConnect -p SLES-LTSS/12/x86_64
Now go ahead and install the extension with the applicable command depending on your environment (SMT or SCC), e.g. :
SUSEConnect -p SLES-LTSS/12/x86_64which should return something like
Registered SLES-LTSS 12 x86_64 To server: https://<SCC/SMT-FQDN>
Finally verify that the SLES12-LTSS-Updates repository has been enabled for the client with\
zypper lr -E | grep LTSS
The output should be a line like the following :
2 | SMT-http_t440_nts_com:SLES12-LTSS-Updates | SLES12-LTSS-Updates | Yes | (r ) Yes | Yes
In order to patch a SLES9SP4 with LTSS packages, adjustments in /var/adm/YaST/ProdDB/prod_0000000* need to be made as these files define the directory on the update server where to check for new packages. Change the last line in any prod_* file from e.g.
=YouPath: i386/update/SUSE-SLES/9-LTSSPlease note: SLES9SP4 systems need to be fully patched to the latest patch level before changing the update source path.
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- Document ID:7011670
- Creation Date: 22-Jan-2013
- Modified Date:21-Apr-2023
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