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SUSE Linux Enterprise Server 12 SP5

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: January 21, 2022
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 Hardware Requirements
3.2 Installing SUSE Linux Enterprise Server for POWER
3.3 Installing SUSE Linux Enterprise Server
3.4 Further Information
4 Installation on IBM Z and LinuxONE
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 Information on IBM Z
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: 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
10 Deploying Customized Preinstallations
10.1 Preparing the Master Machine
10.2 Customizing the Firstboot Installation
10.3 Cloning the Master Installation
10.4 Personalizing the Installation
IV Remote Installation
11 Remote Installation
11.1 Installation Scenarios for Remote Installation
11.2 Booting the Target System for Installation
11.3 Monitoring the Installation Process
V Initial System Configuration
12 Setting Up Hardware Components with YaST
12.1 Setting Up Your System Keyboard Layout
12.2 Setting Up Sound Cards
12.3 Setting Up a Printer
12.4 Setting Up a Scanner
13 Advanced Disk Setup
13.1 Using the YaST Partitioner
13.2 LVM Configuration
13.3 Soft RAID Configuration with YaST
14 Installing or Removing Software
14.1 Definition of Terms
14.2 Registering an Installed System
14.3 Using the YaST Software Manager
14.4 Managing Software Repositories and Services
14.5 Keeping the System Up-to-date
15 Installing Modules, Extensions, and Third Party Add-On Products
15.1 List of Optional Modules
15.2 List of Available Extensions
15.3 Installing Modules and Extensions from Online Channels
15.4 Installing Extensions and Third Party Add-On Products from Media
15.5 SUSE Software Development Kit (SDK) 12 SP5
15.6 SUSE Package Hub
16 Installing Multiple Kernel Versions
16.1 Enabling and Configuring Multiversion Support
16.2 Installing/Removing Multiple Kernel Versions with YaST
16.3 Installing/Removing Multiple Kernel Versions with Zypper
17 Managing Users with YaST
17.1 User and Group Administration Dialog
17.2 Managing User Accounts
17.3 Additional Options for User Accounts
17.4 Changing Default Settings for Local Users
17.5 Assigning Users to Groups
17.6 Managing Groups
17.7 Changing the User Authentication Method
18 Changing Language and Country Settings with YaST
18.1 Changing the System Language
18.2 Changing the Country and Time Settings
VI Updating and Upgrading SUSE Linux Enterprise
19 Life Cycle and Support
19.1 Terminology
19.2 Product Life Cycle
19.3 Module Life Cycles
19.4 Generating Periodic Life Cycle Report
19.5 Support Levels
19.6 Repository Model
20 Upgrading SUSE Linux Enterprise
20.1 Supported Upgrade Paths to SLE 12 SP5
20.2 Online and Offline Upgrade
20.3 Preparing the System
20.4 Upgrading on IBM Z
20.5 IBM POWER: Starting an X Server
21 Upgrading Offline
21.1 Conceptual Overview
21.2 Starting the Upgrade from an Installation Medium
21.3 Starting the Upgrade from a Network Source
21.4 Enabling Automatic Upgrade
21.5 Upgrading SUSE Linux Enterprise
21.6 Updating via SUSE Manager
21.7 Updating Registration Status after Rollback
21.8 Registering Your System
22 Upgrading Online
22.1 Conceptual Overview
22.2 Service Pack Migration Workflow
22.3 Canceling Service Pack Migration
22.4 Upgrading with the Online Migration Tool (YaST)
22.5 Upgrading with Zypper
22.6 Upgrading with Plain Zypper
22.7 Rolling Back a Service Pack
23 Backporting Source Code
23.1 Reasons for Backporting
23.2 Reasons against Backports
23.3 The Implications of Backports for Interpreting Version Numbers
23.4 How to Check Which Bugs are Fixed and Which Features are Backported and Available
A GNU Licenses
A.1 GNU Free Documentation License

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