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SLES 10 Installation and Setup

Setup instructions for base SUSE Linux Enterprise Server in preparation for OES install

Staging Step 1 – Initial Install:

  • Storage setup for a standard file and print server:
    • Need two logical drives, RAID 1, 5 or 10
    • First logical drive is for /boot, swap and / partitions (recommend 50GB)
    • Second logical drive is for NSS pool (size accordingly)
  • Installation options:
    • Local DVD install: Boot SLES 10 SP1 DVD and start a new install
    • Network install: Boot SLES 10 SP1 CD1 and use the following options:
      • hostip=xx.xx.xx.xx/24
      • gateway=xx.xx.xx.xx
      • nameserver=xx.xx.xx.xx
      • nfs://servername/install/SLES-10-SP2-DVD-x86_64-GM-DVD1.iso
    • To perform install remotely with VNC (DVD or network), add these options:
      • vnc=1
      • vncpassword=password
  • Select Language, Accept License, select New Installation
  • Set Clock and Time Zone info:
    • Set Hardware Clock Set To UTC
    • Region: USA, Time Zone: Pacific
    • Set Time and Date to current at your location (look at your watch)
  • Click Partitioning:
    • Create Custom Partition Setup, Custom Partitioning (for experts)
    • You should have two logical drives available, sda and sdb:
      • Create 1GB primary partition on sda, format as ext2, mount as /boot
      • Create 2GB primary partition on sda, format as swap
      • Create a primary partition on sda, use remaining space, format as ext3, mount as /
      • sdb will hold the NSS pool, which will be configured after OES installation
  • You can leave the defaults for software selection.
  • Click Accept to start installation – Server will format partitions, install software, and reboot.

Staging Step 2 – Final Setup After Reboot:

  • Enter password for root
  • Enter hostname and domain (use lower case)
    • Uncheck Change Hostname via DHCP
  • Network Configuration:
    • Click to Enable Firewall for SSH
    • Make sure VNC Remote Administration is enabled
    • Click Network Interfaces, Edit:
      • Add Name Servers
      • Add search domains
  • Don’t check for Internet connectivity
  • Accept defaults on CA Management and click Next
  • Leave Authentication Method on Local, click Next
  • Don’t create a local user, just click Next, and Yes that it’s OK
  • Next on Release Notes
  • Next on Hardware Configuration
  • Uncheck Clone This System for Autoyast
  • Base install is finished at this point. If you’re doing a VNC install, your installation session will die here. You can reconnect to the new server at this point if needed.

Staging Step 3 – Other Settings:

  • If it is a normal file server, copy SLES and OES source ISO’s to server:
    • Create /install
    • Copy the following ISO’s to /install:
      • SLES-10-SP2-DVD-x86_64-GM-DVD1.iso
      • OES2-SP1-x86_64-CD1.iso
  • Delete CD/DVD or network install source and add local source for SLES:
    • YaST: Software, Installation Source
  • Delete any CD/DVD or network sources
  • Click Add new, then select Local Directory (if it is a normal site file server, otherwise select NFS and use stewart-mis or hdsp-mis)
  • Set Path to /install/SLES-10-SP2-DVD-x86_64-GM-DVD1.iso
  • Check ISO Image
  • YaST: Network Services, NTP Configuration:
    • Change Automatically Start NTP Daemon to start During Boot
    • Go to Advanced Configuration
    • Add server and Enable for initial sync
  • Configure and start SNMP:
    • Copy /etc/snmp/snmpd.conf from another server
    • Enter chkconfig snmpd on to set daemon to auto-start
    • Enter rcsnmpd start to start the daemon
  • Enable Systat:
  • Enable with chkconfig systat on
  • Start with /etc/init.d/xinetd restart


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