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Applies to SUSE Linux Enterprise Server for SAP Applications 11 SP4

4 Remote Installation from a Network Server

For detailed information about installing SUSE Linux Enterprise Server from a network server in general, see the Deployment Guide, Chapter 14, Remote Installation (the Deployment Guide comes with the product or is available from http://documentation.suse.com/sles/11-SP4/).

The following section provides a short description about installing from a network server.

4.1 Installing with Installation Media from the Network

  1. Copy the SUSE Linux Enterprise Server for SAP Applications DVD content to a Web server (e.g., example.com) to the directory /srv/www/htdocs/sap_repo.

  2. Boot from DVD.

  3. Choose one of the boot menu options and edit the command line:

    1. remove the parameter instmode=cd from the command line

    2. change netsetup=0 to netsetup=1 and autoyast=file:/// to autoyast=http://example.com/sap_repo/, and

    3. add the parameter install=http://example.com/sap_repo.

    With netsetup=1 you will start the network.

This is all you need for a network installation. If you want to avoid using a DVD to bootstrap the system and boot from the network via PXE, read the AutoYaST Guide about setting up a PXE environment (the AutoYaST Guide comes with the product or is available from http://documentation.suse.com/sles/11-SP4/).

4.2 Copying SAP Media Sets from a Remote Server with the Installation Wizard

It is possible to copy the SAP media sets from a remote server (NFS, SMB, etc.). For example, if you want to put the SAP media sets on an NFS Server, proceed as follows:

  1. Create a directory /srv/www/htdocs/sap_repo on your installation server.

  2. Edit the /etc/exports file on the installation server by adding the following:

    /srv/www/htdocs/sap_repo *(ro,root_squash,sync)
  3. In /srv/www/htdocs/sap_repo create a directory for every SAP media you have, for example kernel, java, maxdb, etc., which will give you a hint about the contents.

  4. Copy the contents of all SAP media with cp -a to the corresponding directory.

    Tip
    Tip: Avoid Copying on a Windows Operating System

    Do not copy the media on a Windows operating system because it may break permission settings and capitalization of files and directories.

Now you can install from the NFS server; e.g., from http://example.com:/srv/www/htdocs/sap_repo.

For information about installing SUSE Linux Enterprise Server from an NFS server, see the Deployment Guide, Chapter 14.2, Remote Installation and Section 14.2.2.