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How to Install SUSE Linux Standard Server ready for Nterprise Linux Services 1.0

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By Jason Williams

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Posted: 6 Feb 2004

The copy of SUSE Linux Standard Server included in the Novell Nterprise Linux Services Evaluation Kit provides for two types of installation. One is an installation of a SUSE Linux Server and the other is for a UnitedLinux 1.0 Server.

SUSE Linux can be installed to allow Nterprise Linux Services to be installed on top of it. The following instructions detail how to do this.

The following assumptions have been made:

  • Intel Pentium III CPU 700 MHz or better

  • Minimum 512MB RAM

  • 10GB Hard Disk Space (needed for both the distribution AND for Nterprise Linux Services)

Note: The default partition setup will erase any existing partitions on the target system, please make sure that any data on the target system has been backed up otherwise it will be lost.

When you start the installation, please make sure that you use the SUSE Linux STANDARD SERVER CD1. If you start the installation using the UNITEDLINUX CD1 Nterprise Linux Services will not install correctly.

Boot from the SUSE Linux Standard Server CD1 and choose the INSTALL option at the very top of the menu. The Kernel will load and start probing hardware ready for installation.

Accept the license that appears, choose your language and then the YAST installation will probe the hardware prior to starting the initial configuration.

The next screen will ask what type of installation you desire. Choose the BASIC installation.

Note: If you choose the STANDARD installation, you will be unable to successfully install Nterprise Linux Services.

If you have an existing operating system or data on the target system you may be asked whether you want a new installation, to boot the existing system or upgrade. You should choose NEW.

At this point you will be shown the installation settings. You will need to make two changes.

  1. Select the Timezone setting and modify your timezone
  2. Select the SOFTWARE setting and you will be taken to the package selection screen

On the software selection screen leave the "Default system for SUSE Linux Standard Server" radio button selected and click the "Detailed Selection" button. You will need to make the following changes on the package selection screen:

Uncheck the KDE Desktop Environment Package
Check the C/C++ Compiler and tools package
Check the LSB Runtime Environment package
Check the YAST2 config modules package

Your selection screen should look like this:

Click the "Accept" button and you will be returned to the installation settings screen.

Click the "Accept" button and you will be given a last chance to stop the installation. If you click "Yes, install" then your hard disk will be erased ready for installation.

During the installation process you will be prompted for the SUSE Linux Standard Server CD1 and also UnitedLinux CD1 and UnitedLinux CD2. Because a graphical environment is NOT required for Nterprise Linux Services you will not be prompted for UnitedLinux CD3.

Once the installation has completed you will be asked whether you would like a graphical login or a text login. You should select TEXT BASED login.

The next screen will ask whether you wish to detect any printers. Click the SKIP button. Note: If you attempt to detect a printer and non is connected the installation will hang and you will have to start again.

On the hardware screen that follows, your network interface card will have been set to get an IP Address via DHCP. Novell strongly recommends that you change this for a STATIC IP Address. Using a DHCP Address may lead to system instability.

You will then be prompted to enter the password for the ROOT user and also to add some additional usernames.

Once complete you will be returned to the login prompt for your server. Login as root and restart the server (shutdown -r now) prior to installing Nterprise Linux Services.

Note: As you start installing Nterprise Linux Services 1.0 you will receive an error stating that the package XF86-Libs is missing and that any GUI applications may not work. The installation routine will then ask you whether want to continue (the default will be set to NO). You can safely answer YES and continue; this error is erroneous.

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