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Loading the SUSE Linux Enterprise 10 Base Packages into ZENworks Linux Management 7

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Posted: 7 Jun 2007

We've received a couple of questions about how to use ZENworks Linux Management to keep SLES and SLED updated. Here's what the fine folks in Novell Support have to say about that.

In order to update SLE 10 managed devices with ZENworks Linux Management 7, you need to load the base operating system packages into a ZENworks Linux Management 7 bundle. Here's how you do it.

  1. Download ZLMLoad from and install it on your ZLM server with this command:
    # rpm -ivh zlmload-1.0-1.noarch.rpm
    You will need either a locally mounted installation source, mounted media, or a mounted ISO.

  2. Run this command to load the base operating system packages into ZLM.
    # /opt/novell/zenworks/bin/zlmload -P <admin password> -d <location>
    Where <admin password> is your ZLM administrative password, and <location> is the location of your operating system installation source or the location of the mounted operating system media, such as /media/cdrom.

This will create a bundle in ZLM named SLED-10-<arch>-Distro or SLES-10-<arch>-Distro where <arch> is the architecture, such as i586, x86_64, etc.

You will need to do this for each architecture (i586, x86_64, etc) and operating system (SUSE Linux Enterprise Server, SUSE Linux Enterprise Desktop, etc.) you plan to support in your environment.

Then for update purposes, you'll need to assign the newly created distro bundle (for instance: SLES-10-i586-Distro) to the Update catalog, so that this catalog will have two bundles: the update bundle and the distro bundle.

IMPORTANT: DO NOT assign the distro bundle directly to a device - that would force the device to install every single rpm from the distro!

This process can also be used to load the SLE 10 SDK into ZLM.

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