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Applies to SUSE Linux Enterprise Server 11 SP4

Part II Manual Deployment

5 Deployment Strategies

There are several different ways to deploy SUSE Linux Enterprise Server. Choose from various approaches ranging from a local installation using physical media or a network installation server to a mass deployment using a remote-controlled, highly-customized, and automated installation technique. Sel…

6 Installation with YaST

After your hardware has been prepared for the installation of SUSE® Linux Enterprise Server as described in Part I, “Architecture Specific Installation Considerations” and after the connection with the installation system has been established, you are presented with the interface of SUSE Linux Enterprise Server's system assistant YaST. YaST guides you through the entire installation and configuration procedure.

7 Updating SUSE Linux Enterprise

SUSE® Linux Enterprise (SLE) provides the option of updating an existing system to the new version without completely reinstalling it. No new installation is needed. Existing data, such as home directories and system configuration, is kept intact. During the life-cycle of the product, you can apply Service Packs to increase system security, correct software defects and get access to new features. Install from a local CD or DVD drive or from a central network installation source.

8 Setting Up Hardware Components with YaST

YaST allows you to configure hardware items at installation time as well as on an already-installed system. Configure audio hardware, printers or scanner support or learn which hardware components are connected to your computer by using the YaST Hardware Information module.

9 Installing or Removing Software

Use YaST's software management tool to search for software components you want to add or remove. YaST resolves all dependencies for you. To install packages not shipped with the installation media, add additional software repositories to your setup and let YaST manage them. Keep your system up-to-date by managing software updates with the update applet.

10 Installing Add-On Products

Add-on products are system extensions. You can install a third party add-on product or a special system extension of SUSE® Linux Enterprise Server (for example, a CD with support for additional languages or a CD with binary drivers). To install a new add-on, start YaST and select Software › Add-On Products . You can select various types of product media, like CD, FTP, USB mass storage devices (such as USB flash drives or disks) or a local directory. You can work also directly with ISO files. To add an add-on as ISO file media, select Local ISO Image then enter the Path to ISO Image. The Repository Name is arbitrary.

11 Accessing the Internet

If you have chosen not to configure Internet access during the installation, you can perform this task at any time using YaST. How to configure your computer to access the Internet depends on your environment. If the computer you are installing is part of a network which already is connected to the Internet, the only thing to do is to link your machine to the network. If you are installing a machine that is directly connected to the Internet, the hardware and the access to the Internet Service Provider (ISP) needs to be set up.

Please refer to the checklists below to make sure you have all the necessary data ready before starting to configure the Internet access.

12 Managing Users with YaST

During installation, you chose a method for user authentication. This method is either local (via /etc/passwd) or, if a network connection is established, via NIS, LDAP, Kerberos or Samba (see Section, “User Authentication Method”. You can create or modify user accounts and change the authe…

13 Changing Language and Country Settings with YaST

Working in different countries or having to work in a multilingual environment requires your computer to be set up to support this. SUSE® Linux Enterprise Server can handle different locales in parallel. A locale is a set of parameters that defines the language and country settings reflected in the …

14 Remote Installation

SUSE® Linux Enterprise Server can be installed in different ways. As well as the usual media installation covered in Chapter 6, Installation with YaST, you can choose from various network-based approaches or even take a completely hands-off approach to the installation of SUSE Linux Enterprise Serve…

15 Advanced Disk Setup

Sophisticated system configurations require specific disk setups. All common partitioning tasks can be done with YaST. To get persistent device naming with block devices, use the block devices below /dev/disk/by-id or /dev/disk/by-uuid. Logical Volume Management (LVM) is a disk partitioning scheme t…

16 Subscription Management

Any machine running SUSE Linux Enterprise Server 11 or SUSE Linux Enterprise Desktop 11 can be configured to register against local Subscription Management Tool server to download software updates instead of communicating directly with the Novell Customer Center and the NU servers. To use an SMT ser…

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