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SUSE Linux Enterprise Server 12 SP4

Deployment Guide

Shows how to install single or multiple systems and how to exploit the product-inherent capabilities for a deployment infrastructure. Choose from various approaches, ranging from a local installation or a network installation server to a mass deployment using a remote-controlled, highly-customized, and automated installation technique.

Publication Date: October 23, 2020
About This Guide
Available Documentation
Giving Feedback
Documentation Conventions
Product Life Cycle and Support
1 Planning for SUSE Linux Enterprise Server
1.1 Considerations for Deployment of a SUSE Linux Enterprise Server
1.2 Deployment of SUSE Linux Enterprise Server
1.3 Running SUSE Linux Enterprise Server
1.4 Registering SUSE Linux Enterprise Server
I Installation Preparation
2 Installation on AMD64 and Intel 64
2.1 System Requirements for Operating Linux
2.2 Installation Considerations
2.3 Boot and Installation Media
2.4 Installation Procedure
2.5 Controlling the Installation
2.6 Dealing with Boot and Installation Problems
3 Installation on IBM POWER
3.1 Requirements
3.2 Preparation
3.3 For More Information
4 Installation on IBM z Systems
4.1 General Information and Requirements
4.2 Preparing for Installation
4.3 The parmfile—Automating the System Configuration
4.4 Using the vt220 Terminal Emulator
4.5 Further In-Depth Information about IBM z Systems
5 Installation on ARM AArch64
5.1 System Requirements for Operating Linux
5.2 Installation Considerations
5.3 Boot and Installation Media
5.4 Installation Procedure
5.5 Controlling the Installation
5.6 Dealing with Boot and Installation Problems
II The Installation Workflow
6 Installation with YaST
6.1 Choosing the Installation Method
6.2 System Start-up for Installation
6.3 Steps of the Installation
6.4 Installer Self-Update
6.5 Language, Keyboard and License Agreement
6.6 IBM z Systems: Disk Activation
6.7 Network Settings
6.8 SUSE Customer Center Registration
6.9 Extension Selection
6.10 System Role
6.11 Suggested Partitioning
6.12 Clock and Time Zone
6.13 Create New User
6.14 Password for the System Administrator root
6.15 Installation Settings
6.16 Performing the Installation
7 Cloning Disk Images
7.1 Cleaning Up Unique System Identifiers
III Setting Up an Installation Server
8 Setting Up the Server Holding the Installation Sources
8.1 Setting Up an Installation Server Using YaST
8.2 Setting Up an NFS Repository Manually
8.3 Setting Up an FTP Repository Manually
8.4 Setting Up an HTTP Repository Manually
8.5 Managing an SMB Repository
8.6 Using ISO Images of the Installation Media on the Server
9 Preparing the Boot of the Target System
9.1 Setting Up a DHCP Server
9.2 Setting Up a TFTP Server
9.3 Installing Files on TFTP Server
9.4 PXELINUX Configuration Options
9.5 Preparing the Target System for PXE Boot
9.6 Booting from CD or USB Drive Instead of PXE
9.7 Using Wake-on-LAN for Remote Wakeups
IV Remote Installation
10 Remote Installation
10.1 Installation Scenarios for Remote Installation
10.2 Booting the Target System for Installation
10.3 Monitoring the Installation Process
V Initial System Configuration
11 Setting Up Hardware Components with YaST
11.1 Setting Up Your System Keyboard Layout
11.2 Setting Up Sound Cards
11.3 Setting Up a Printer
12 Advanced Disk Setup
12.1 Using the YaST Partitioner
12.2 LVM Configuration
12.3 Soft RAID Configuration with YaST
13 Installing or Removing Software
13.1 Definition of Terms
13.2 Registering an Installed System
13.3 Using the YaST Software Manager
13.4 Managing Software Repositories and Services
13.5 Keeping the System Up-to-date
14 Installing Modules, Extensions, and Third Party Add-On Products
14.1 List of Optional Modules
14.2 List of Available Extensions
14.3 Installing Modules and Extensions from Online Channels
14.4 Installing Extensions and Third Party Add-On Products from Media
14.5 SUSE Software Development Kit (SDK) 12 SP4
14.6 SUSE Package Hub
15 Installing Multiple Kernel Versions
15.1 Enabling and Configuring Multiversion Support
15.2 Installing/Removing Multiple Kernel Versions with YaST
15.3 Installing/Removing Multiple Kernel Versions with Zypper
16 Managing Users with YaST
16.1 User and Group Administration Dialog
16.2 Managing User Accounts
16.3 Additional Options for User Accounts
16.4 Changing Default Settings for Local Users
16.5 Assigning Users to Groups
16.6 Managing Groups
16.7 Changing the User Authentication Method
17 Changing Language and Country Settings with YaST
17.1 Changing the System Language
17.2 Changing the Country and Time Settings
VI Updating and Upgrading SUSE Linux Enterprise
18 Life Cycle and Support
18.1 Terminology
18.2 Product Life Cycle
18.3 Module Life Cycles
18.4 Generating Periodic Life Cycle Report
18.5 Support Levels
18.6 Repository Model
19 Upgrading SUSE Linux Enterprise
19.1 Supported Upgrade Paths to SLE 12 SP4
19.2 Online and Offline Upgrade
19.3 Preparing the System
19.4 Upgrading on IBM z Systems
19.5 IBM POWER: Starting an X Server
20 Upgrading Offline
20.1 Conceptual Overview
20.2 Starting the Upgrade from an Installation Medium
20.3 Starting the Upgrade from a Network Source
20.4 Enabling Automatic Upgrade
20.5 Upgrading SUSE Linux Enterprise
20.6 Updating via SUSE Manager
20.7 Updating Registration Status after Rollback
20.8 Registering Your System
21 Upgrading Online
21.1 Conceptual Overview
21.2 Service Pack Migration Workflow
21.3 Canceling Service Pack Migration
21.4 Upgrading with the Online Migration Tool (YaST)
21.5 Upgrading with Zypper
21.6 Upgrading with Plain Zypper
21.7 Rolling Back a Service Pack
22 Backporting Source Code
22.1 Reasons for Backporting
22.2 Reasons against Backports
22.3 The Implications of Backports for Interpreting Version Numbers
22.4 How to Check Which Bugs are Fixed and Which Features are Backported and Available
A Documentation Updates
A.1 February 2019 (Documentation Maintenance Update for SUSE Linux Enterprise Server 12 SP4)
A.2 December 2018 (Initial Release of SUSE Linux Enterprise Server 12 SP4)
A.3 October 2018 (Documentation Maintenance Update for SUSE Linux Enterprise Server 12 SP3)
A.4 September 2017 (Initial Release of SUSE Linux Enterprise Server 12 SP3)
A.5 April 2017 (Documentation Maintenance Release)
A.6 November 2016 (Initial Release of SUSE Linux Enterprise Server 12 SP2)
A.7 March 2016 (Documentation Maintenance Release)
A.8 December 2015 (Initial Release of SUSE Linux Enterprise Server 12 SP1)
A.9 February 2015 (Documentation Maintenance Release)
A.10 October 2014 (Initial Release of SUSE Linux Enterprise Server 12)
B GNU Licenses
B.1 GNU Free Documentation License

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