Registering SUSE Linux Enterprise Clients

This section contains information about registering clients running these SUSE Linux Enterprise operating systems:

  • SUSE Linux Enterprise Server 15 SP1

  • SUSE Linux Enterprise Server 15 SP2

  • SUSE Linux Enterprise Server 15 SP3

Use the instructions in this chapter for preparing all SUSE Linux Enterprise products, including:

  • SUSE Linux Enterprise Server for SAP

  • SUSE Linux Enterprise Desktop

  • SUSE Linux Enterprise

  • SUSE Linux Enterprise Real Time

You can also use these instructions for older SUSE Linux Enterprise versions and service packs.

1. Add Software Channels

Before you register SUSE Linux Enterprise clients to your SUSE Manager Server, you need to add the required software channels, and synchronize them.

The products you need for this procedure are:

Table 1. SLE Products - WebUI
OS Version Product Name

SUSE Linux Enterprise Server 15 SP1

SUSE Linux Enterprise Server 15 SP1 x86_64

SUSE Linux Enterprise Server 15 SP2

SUSE Linux Enterprise Server 15 SP2 x86_64

SUSE Linux Enterprise Server 15 SP3

SUSE Linux Enterprise Server 15 SP3 x86_64

Procedure: Adding Software Channels
  1. In the SUSE Manager Web UI, navigate to Admin  Setup Wizard  Products.

  2. Locate the appropriate products for your client operating system and architecture using the search bar, and check the appropriate product. This will automatically check all required channels. Click the arrow to see the complete list of related products, and ensure that any extra products you require are checked.

  3. Click Add Products and wait until the products have finished synchronizing.

Alternatively, you can add channels at the command prompt. The channels you need for this procedure are:

Table 2. SLE Products - CLI
OS Version Base Channel

SUSE Linux Enterprise Server 15 SP1

sle-product-sles15-sp1-pool-x86_64

SUSE Linux Enterprise Server 15 SP2

sle-product-sles15-sp2-pool-x86_64

SUSE Linux Enterprise Server 15 SP3

sle-product-sles15-sp3-pool-x86_64

Procedure: Adding Software Channels at the Command Prompt
  1. At the command prompt on the SUSE Manager Server, as root, use the mgr-sync command to add the appropriate channels:

    mgr-sync add channel <channel_label_1>
    mgr-sync add channel <channel_label_2>
    mgr-sync add channel <channel_label_n>
  2. Synchronization starts automatically. If you want to synchronize the channels manually, use:

    mgr-sync sync --with-children <channel_name>
  3. Ensure the synchronization is complete before continuing.

2. Check Synchronization Status

Procedure: Checking Synchronization Progress
  1. In the SUSE Manager Web UI, navigate to Admin  Setup Wizard and select the Products tab. This dialog displays a completion bar for each product when they are being synchronized.

  2. Alternatively, you can navigate to Software  Manage  Channels, then click the channel associated to the repository. Navigate to the Repositories tab, then click Sync and check Sync Status.

Procedure: Checking Synchronization Progress from the Command Prompt
  1. At the command prompt on the SUSE Manager Server, as root, use the tail command to check the synchronization log file:

    tail -f /var/log/rhn/reposync/<channel-label>.log
  2. Each child channel generates its own log during the synchronization progress. You need to check all the base and child channel log files to be sure that the synchronization is complete.

SUSE Linux Enterprise channels can be very large. Synchronization can sometimes take several hours.

3. Register Clients

To register your SUSE Linux Enterprise clients, you need a bootstrap repository. By default, bootstrap repositories are automatically created, and regenerated daily for all synchronized products. You can manually create the bootstrap repository from the command prompt, using this command:

mgr-create-bootstrap-repo

For more information on registering your clients, see client-configuration:registration-overview.adoc.