A configured distribution and an autoinstallation profile is required.

Procedure: Preparing a Distribution
  1. Provide the files required to start an installation. Unpack an installation medium such as a DVD image on your Server. It contains the Linux kernel, an initrd, and other files required to boot the OS in installation mode.

  2. In the SUSE Manager Web UI, navigate to System  Autoinstallation  Distributions.

  3. In the Autoinstallable Distributions dialog, click Create Distribution:

    • In the Distribution Label field, enter a name to identify your autoinstallable distribution.

    • In the Tree Path field, enter the path to an installation tree located on your SUSE Manager Server.

    • Select the matching Base Channel mirrored on the SUSE Manager Server. This base channel must represent the distribution you want to install. It can be the Vendor, Custom, or Cloned Channels.

    • The Installer Generation should also match.

    • Optionally, you can specify kernel options which should be added when booting this distribution. Note that there are multiple places where you can provide kernel options. Only add options here that are generic for the distribution.

  4. Click Create Autoinstallable Distribution.

Procedure: Preparing a Profile
  1. In the SUSE Manager Web UI, navigate to System  Autoinstallation  Profiles.

  2. In the Autoinstallation Profiles dialog, add the profile for your autoinstallation. It can be an AutoYaST or Kickstart profile.

  3. There are two ways to create profiles:

    • Create a Kickstart profile using a wizard

    • Upload an externally created profile (Kickstart or AutoYaST)

For more information about the Kickstart wizard, see reference:systems/autoinst-profiles.adoc.

Upload a Profile

Profiles require a label, and an Autoinstallation Tree (distribution).

Upload the Kickstart or AutoyaST profile. You can write your own kickstart or AutoYaST profile directly in the Web UI, or create the profile and upload it from your local filesystem.

AutoYaST is able to dump a profile from an existing installation. This can be used as template, but will need to be edited to make it usable by SUSE Manager:

  • Change the add-on section and add SUSE Manager URLs. These URLs must have a special format:

  • Replace <channel-label> and <distribution-label> with the correct labels. You can also use a variable for distribution-label. Ensure that the distribution label corresponds to the autoinstallable distribution you selected. You can only configure child channels in this file. The channels must be children of the base channel you selected in the distribution you use for this profile.

    You do not need to specify a base channel. The base channel is defined in the distribution.

  • Register the system after it is installed. For this step we provide script snippets that can be used.

    For Salt managed clients, use the spacewalk/minion_script snippet:

      <init-scripts config:type="list">

    For traditional clients, use the spacewalk/sles_register_script snippet:

      <init-scripts config:type="list">

    For registering Salt clients, you must accept the Salt key on the SUSE Manager Server before you attempt autoinstallation.

For more information about autoinstallation profiles, see reference:systems/autoinst-profiles.adoc.

Variables and snippets

Profiles are not finalized until they are requested by a client. This allows you to use variables in profiles. You can define profile variables in the Web UI by navigating to Profiles  Variables.

Some common variables are:


The server Red Hat clients register to (automatically set).


The organization ID where this profile is created (automatically set).


The key used in the registration snippets. By specifying this variable, you can set the activation key to be used to register the system.


If specified, the registration will be skipped.


If set to 1, it will allow traditional configuration management (traditional only).


If set to 1, it will allow traditional remote command execution (traditional only).


If set, the automatic online update will stay enabled (SUSE OSes only).


If set, local repositories will stay active (not recommended).

Navigate to Systems  Autoinstallation  Autoinstallation Snippets to see which snippets are available. For more information, see reference:systems/autoinst-snippets.adoc.