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How To Configure An Installation Server, Including Support Packs, Using YaST On SUSE Linux Enterprise Server 9 and 10

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Novell SUSE Linux Enterprise Server 10 (SLES 10)
Novell SUSE Linux Enterprise Server 9 (SLES 9)
Installation Server


How do I configure an installation server using YaST on SLES 9?


Create the SLES 9 Install Source:

1. Create a directory somewhere on the server to store the installation server content.
ie. /install
3. Select the type of source you wish to create (HTTP, FTP, or NFS)
4. Under the DIRECTORY TO CONTAIN SOURCES select the directory you created in STEP 1. Select NEXT.

5. Under DIRECTORY ALIAS select and alias that will represent the directory path in STEP 1 (Note: This will only appear when configuring an HTTP installation source).

6. On the next screen press the CONFIGURE button under the SOURCES TO CONFIGURE section.

7. For the SOURCE NAME use something unique about the OS you are installing.
ie: SLES9
*Note--If planning on installing multiple support packs (SLES9SP1, SLES9SP2, SLES9SP3) then use a generic name (SLES9), otherwise use SLES9SP3 or something that has meaning to you. The support packs will be covered later on.

8. Make sure that either the ISOs are downloaded or the CD's are burned at this point. If using ISOs then copy them to the server, select the USE ISO IMAGES INSTEAD OF CD's box, and browse to the directory that contains the ISO images then click NEXT; otherwise, just click NEXT and follow the on-screen instructions.

Ignore this message if seen:

At this point the server will copy the files from the CD's or ISO images to the installation directory you created. In this example the server will create a SLES9 directory in the /install directory. When the server is done with the first image (or CD--refered to as image from here on out) it will prompt you for the second image, 3rd, and so forth until complete.

Click FINISH to complete the process

Create the SLES 10 Install Source via YaST:

See section 4.2.1 Setting Up an Installtin Server Using YaST

Additional Information

Add a support pack to the installation source:

9. To install support packs go into the /install/SLES9/ directory and create two directories, First Customer Ship (FCS) and the Support Pack directory (*Note: For each support pack you will be creating a unique installation source. It is not necessary, however, to install each support pack to get the latest patches. If you so choose, you may install just the latest support pack with the FCS CD's using these steps).
1. FCS
2. SP1
10. Copy the contents of the SLES9 directory (minus the FCS and SP1 directories just created) into the FCS directory (do NOT move the contents).
11. Under the SOURCE CONFIGURATION screen select the source to configure under the SOURCES TO CONFIGURE section. Select CHANGE

12. On the next screen highlight the configured source and select EDIT.

13. On the next screen the SOURCE NAME should already be populated. Select the check box PROMPT FOR ADDITIONAL CD's (SERVICE PACKS, ADDITIONAL PACKAGE CD's, ETC.) Go to STEP 8.

14. After the images have been copied go into the /install/SLES9/ directory and copy all of the contents (excluding all SP* and FCS directories) into the SP1 directory (do NOT move the content).

You are complete at this point. You should have a directory structure similar to the following:

Please refer to this Cool Solution to make the installation source available through HTTP and to test the installation:


This Support Knowledgebase provides a valuable tool for NetIQ/Novell/SUSE customers and parties interested in our products and solutions to acquire information, ideas and learn from one another. Materials are provided for informational, personal or non-commercial use within your organization and are presented "AS IS" WITHOUT WARRANTY OF ANY KIND.

  • Document ID:3001299
  • Creation Date:20-MAR-07
  • Modified Date:27-APR-12
    • SUSESUSE Linux Enterprise Server

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