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SUSE Linux Enterprise Server 15

Deployment Guide

This guide details how to install single or multiple systems, and how to exploit the product-inherent capabilities for a deployment infrastructure. Choose from various approaches: local installation from physical installation media, customizing the standard installation images, network installation server, mass deployment using a remote-controlled, highly-customized, automated installation process, and initial system configuration.

Publication Date: October 23, 2020
About This Guide
Available Documentation
Giving Feedback
Documentation Conventions
Product Life Cycle and Support
I Installation Preparation
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
1.5 Changes in Installation from SUSE Linux Enterprise Server Version 15
2 Installation on AMD64 and Intel 64
2.1 Hardware Requirements
2.2 Installation Considerations
2.3 Controlling the Installation
2.4 Booting the Installation System
2.5 Dealing with Boot and Installation Problems
3 Installation on Arm AArch64
3.1 Hardware Requirements
3.2 Installation Considerations
3.3 Controlling the Installation
3.4 Booting the Installation System
3.5 Dealing with Boot and Installation Problems
4 Installation on IBM POWER
4.1 Hardware Requirements
4.2 Preparation
4.3 For More Information
5 Installation on IBM Z
5.1 System Requirements
5.2 General Information
5.3 Preparing for Installation
5.4 The Parmfile—Automating the System Configuration
5.5 Example Parmfiles
5.6 Using the vt220 Terminal Emulator
5.7 Further In-Depth Information about IBM Z
6 Installation on Hardware Not Supported at Release
6.1 Download Kernel Update
6.2 Boot Kernel Update
II Installation Procedure
7 Boot Parameters
7.1 Using the Default Boot Parameters
7.2 PC (AMD64/Intel 64/Arm AArch64)
7.3 List of Important Boot Parameters
7.4 Advanced Setups
7.5 IBM Z
7.6 More Information
8 Installation Steps
8.1 Overview
8.2 Installer Self-Update
8.3 Language, Keyboard, and Product Selection
8.4 License Agreement
8.5 IBM Z: Disk Activation
8.6 Network Settings
8.7 Registration
8.8 Extension and Module Selection
8.9 Add-On Product
8.10 System Role
8.11 Partitioning
8.12 Clock and Time Zone
8.13 Create New User
8.14 Password for the System Administrator
8.15 Installation Settings
8.16 Performing the Installation
9 Registering SUSE Linux Enterprise and Managing Modules/Extensions
9.1 Registering During the Installation
9.2 Registering during Automated Deployment
9.3 Registering from the Installed System
9.4 Managing Modules and Extensions in a Running System
10 Expert Partitioner
10.1 Using the Expert Partitioner
10.2 LVM Configuration
10.3 Soft RAID
11 Remote Installation
11.1 Overview
11.2 Scenarios for Remote Installation
11.3 Monitoring Installation via VNC
11.4 Monitoring Installation via SSH
11.5 Monitoring Installation via Serial Console
12 Troubleshooting
12.1 Checking Media
12.2 No Bootable DVD Drive Available
12.3 Booting from Installation Media Fails
12.4 Boot Failure
12.5 Fails to Launch Graphical Installer
12.6 Only Minimalist Boot Screen Started
12.7 Log Files
III Customizing Installation Images
13 Cloning Disk Images
13.1 Overview
13.2 Cleaning Up Unique System Identifiers
14 Customizing Installation Images with mksusecd
14.1 Installing mksusecd
14.2 Creating a Minimal Boot Image
14.3 Set Default Kernel Boot Parameters
14.4 Customize Modules, Extensions, and Repositories
14.5 Creating a Minimal Netinstall ISO
14.6 Change Default Repository
15 Customizing Installation Images Manually
IV Setting Up an Installation Server
16 Setting Up a Network Installation Source
16.1 Setting Up an Installation Server Using YaST
16.2 Setting Up an NFS Repository Manually
16.3 Setting Up an FTP Repository Manually
16.4 Setting Up an HTTP Repository Manually
16.5 Managing an SMB Repository
16.6 Using ISO Images of the Installation Media on the Server
17 Preparing Network Boot Environment
17.1 Setting Up a DHCP Server
17.2 Setting Up a TFTP Server
17.3 PXELINUX Configuration Options
17.4 Preparing the Target System for PXE Boot
17.5 Using Wake-on-LAN for Remote Wakeups
18 Deploying Customized Preinstallations
18.1 Preparing the Master Machine
18.2 Customizing the Firstboot Installation
18.3 Cloning the Master Installation
18.4 Personalizing the Installation
V Initial System Configuration
19 Setting Up Hardware Components with YaST
19.1 Setting Up Your System Keyboard Layout
19.2 Setting Up Sound Cards
19.3 Setting Up a Printer
20 Installing or Removing Software
20.1 Definition of Terms
20.2 Registering an Installed System
20.3 Using the YaST Software Manager
20.4 Managing Software Repositories and Services
20.5 The GNOME Package Updater
20.6 Updating Packages with GNOME Software
21 Installing Modules, Extensions, and Third Party Add-On Products
21.1 Installing Modules and Extensions from Online Channels
21.2 Installing Extensions and Third Party Add-On Products from Media
21.3 SUSE Package Hub
22 Installing Multiple Kernel Versions
22.1 Enabling and Configuring Multiversion Support
22.2 Installing/Removing Multiple Kernel Versions with YaST
22.3 Installing/Removing Multiple Kernel Versions with Zypper
23 Managing Users with YaST
23.1 User and Group Administration Dialog
23.2 Managing User Accounts
23.3 Additional Options for User Accounts
23.4 Changing Default Settings for Local Users
23.5 Assigning Users to Groups
23.6 Managing Groups
23.7 Changing the User Authentication Method
23.8 Default System Users
24 Changing Language and Country Settings with YaST
24.1 Changing the System Language
24.2 Changing the Country and Time Settings
A Imaging and Creating Products
B GNU Licenses
B.1 GNU Free Documentation License

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