How to create an installation USB drive for SLE 11, 12, or 15
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SUSE Linux Enterprise Server 12 SP4
1. Download the ISO for the desired distribution from SUSE Free Downloads
2. Change the shell's working directory into the logged in user's Downloads directory (or default download location)
hostname:~ # cd ~/Downloads
3. Check the output of lsblk to verify the USB device is attached and is recognized by the OS. The SIZE column is usually the best indicator
hostname:~/Downloads # lsblk
4. Run the following "dd" command to write the ISO data to the USB drive. Assume for this example that sdb is the USB device found with lsblk and that the ISO image is for SLES 11 SP4.
hostname:~/Downloads # dd if=SLES-11-SP4-DVD-x86_64-GM-DVD1.iso of=/dev/sdb bs=4k
(use sudo with dd if you are not logged in with the root user)
hostname:~/Downloads # sync
Also, remember to configure the system's BIOS boot priority so USB devices are checked for boot loader data before the primary storage device(s).
If a SLE 10 USB install medium is needed, please refer to this article instead:
How to create a bootable USB drive to install SLES 10
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- Creation Date: 28-Jul-2016
- Modified Date:18-Feb-2021
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