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Applies to SUSE Linux Enterprise Server 11 SP4

19 Creating Images with YaST Product Creator

The YaST Product Creator is a unified graphical front-end for KIWI and Add-on Creator. It was developed to provide image creation functionality in one place. All tools integrated in the YaST Product Creator are also available as separate YaST modules or applications.

19.1 Prerequisites for Product Creator

Before you can create images with the YaST Product Creator, make sure you meet the following prerequisites:

  1. Install the package yast2-product-creator from the SUSE Linux Enterprise Software Development Kit (SDK) under http://download.suse.com/. This package needs other packages. Make sure you fullfill all dependencies.

  2. Free sufficient disk space for the operation.

19.2 Creating Images

The Product Creator uses KIWI to create an image of a product. In case you are interested in manually developing such images, refer to Chapter 17, KIWI.

To create an image, proceed as follows:

  1. If you are starting the Product Creator for the first time, enter the configuration name and choose the method for adding packages to the ISO image.

    If you have used the Product Creator already, select Add to create a new product definition and enter the configuration name and choose the method.

  2. Select or deselect package sources. To select a source, select it from the table and click Select. With Create New... execute the Add-on Creator, see Chapter 18, Creating Add-On Products With Add-on Creator for more information. To add a different source, add the source in the YaST Installation Sources module first then run the Product Creator again. After source selection, click Next.

    Note: Unsupported Target Architectures

    Do not change the target architecture. KIWI does not presently support the building of different architectures.

  3. Enter the path in which to create the skeleton directory. Choose whether to Generate ISO Image File or Create Directory Tree Only. Use the other options to insert metadata. Click Next.

  4. Edit the content of the isolinux.cfg file, if it is a part of the configuration. In most cases you can leave it as it is. If the file is not part of the configuration, add it now with Load File. Click Next.

  5. Select your software. All package dependencies are solved automatically after Apply is clicked.

  6. Sign your product with Digitally Sign the Product on the Medium, if needed. Provide a key for your product configuration. Signing your product with your GPG key provides evidence of the origin of your product. After key configuration, click Next.

  7. Review the summary. To change any option, use Back. To confirm your new product configuration, click Finish.

Your product definition is now completed. The Product Creator allows you to choose from the following actions:

  • Create Product Creates an ISO image of the selected product. If there is something missing, the process will be aborted. Correct the error and repeat the configuration.

  • Create Image with KIWI...  Use the pull-down menu to choose from different target formats, such as Live media or Xen images.

19.3 For More Information

Find more information about creating system images and related topics in the following documents:

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