A.2 Installing the OES Server

A.2.1 Obtaining Installation Media

To complete the instructions in this section, you need to download the OES 11 SP1 combined installation ISO file.

  1. Go to Downloading OES 11 SP1 Software from the Novell Web Site, in the OES 11 SP1: Planning and Implementation Guide.

  2. Working on the VMware workstation host, complete all steps in the section, except the instructions on deciding which files to download. The file you need for the exercises in this guide is OES11-SP1-addon_with_SLES11-SP2-x86_64-DVD.iso.

  3. Be sure to print the pages as instructed, record the two activation codes, print and check the MD5 verification checksum, and so on.

  4. After you have downloaded the file to your VMware workstation host, continue with Installing the Server Software.

A.2.2 Installing the Server Software

  1. In VMware Workstation 8, click File > New Virtual Machine.

  2. Ensure that the Typical option is selected, then click Next.

  3. Select I will install the operating system later, then click Next.

  4. Under Guest Operating System, click Linux. Then under Version, select SUSE Linux Enterprise 11.

  5. Click Next.

  6. Name the virtual machine oes-11, specify an alternate location for the VM if desired, then click Next.

  7. Ensure that the Maximum Disk Size is 20 GB, select Store virtual disk as a single file, then click Next.

  8. Click Customize Hardware.

  9. In the right panel, change the Memory (RAM) setting to 1024 MB.

    Normally, the RAM setting would be higher; however, for this small installation, this amount is adequate.

  10. In the left panel, click New CD/DVD (IDE).

  11. Select Use ISO image file.

  12. Browse to the OES11-SP1-addon_with_SLES11-SP2-x86_64-DVD.iso file that you downloaded in Obtaining Installation Media, then click Open.

  13. Click Network Adapter, then select the NAT option.

  14. Click Close > Finish.

  15. With the OES 11 SP1 VM selected, click VM > Power > Power On to BIOS.

  16. Click inside the setup dialog, then use the Right-arrow key to move to Boot.

  17. Use the Down-arrow key to select CD-ROM Drive, then use Shift + to move CD-ROM Drive to the top of the list.

  18. Use the Right-arrow key to select Exit, then press Enter and Enter again to exit.

  19. When the boot selection page appears, immediately press the Down-arrow key to select the Installation option, then press Enter.

    If you don’t respond before the machine starts trying to boot from the hard disk, restart the VM and repeat this step.

  20. After the boot process finishes, select a Language and Keyboard Layout, read and agree to the SLES 11 SP2 software license agreement, then click Next.

  21. Read and agree to the software license agreement for OES 11 SP1, then click Next.

  22. Ensure that New Installation is selected, select Include Add-on Products from Separate Media, then click Next.

  23. Ensure that the Yes, Run the Network Setup option is selected, then click Next.

  24. Use the following table to navigate and configure your server.

    Page Name


    Network Setup

    1. Select Static Address Setup.

    2. In the IP Address field, type

    3. In the Netmask field, type

    4. In the Default Gateway IP field, type

    5. In the DNS Server IP field, type

    6. Click OK.

    Add-On Product Installation

    1. Ensure that Novell Open Enterprise Server 11 SP1 is listed as an add-on product, then click Next.

    Clock and Time Zone

    1. Select the region and time zone for the server, then click Next. The preconfigured VMs are set to use Mountain (Denver).

    Server Base Scenario

    1. Ensure that the Physical Machine option is selected, then click Next.

    Installation Settings

    1. Click Partitioning.

  25. To ensure a clean installation, use the following table to navigate the partitioning pages and prepare your system disk.

    Page Name


    Preparing Hard Disk: Step 1

    1. Select Custom Partitioning (for experts).

    2. Click Next.

    Expert Partitioner

    1. Double-click the VMware virtual disk.

    2. Click Add.

    Add Partition on device_name

    1. With Primary Partition selected, click Next.

    2. In the Custom Size field, type 200 MB, then click Next.

    3. Under File System, select Ext2.

    4. In the Mount Point drop-down list, select /boot, then click Finish.

    5. Click Add > Next.

    6. In the Custom Size field, type 2048 MB, then click Next.

    7. In the File system drop-down list, select Swap, then click Finish.

    8. Click Add > Next.

    9. In the Custom Size field, type 10 GB, then click Next.

    10. In the Mount Point drop-down list, ensure that / is selected, then click Finish.

    11. Click Accept.

  26. On the Installation Settings page, click Software.

    Use the following table to navigate and configure the software pages:

    Page Name


    Software Selection and System Tasks

    1. Under OES Services, select (or confirm the selection of) the following:

      • Novell CIFS

      • Novell eDirectory*

      • Novell iManager

      • Novell NCP Server/Dynamic Storage Technology*

      • Novell Storage Services*

      Services marked with an asterisk (*) are selected when you click Novell AFP.

      Novell Backup/Storage Management Services (SMS), Novell Linux User Management, and Novell Remote Manager are all selected by default when any OES selections are made, and they are installed on every OES 11 SP1 server.

    2. Click OK.

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    1. Click Accept.

    Installation Settings

    1. Click Install.

    Confirm Installation

    1. Click Install.

  27. If you are prompted for additional input during the configuration, accept the default actions.

  28. Continue with Setting the Root Password and Updating the Server.

A.2.3 Setting the Root Password and Updating the Server

After the initial system configuration and system reboot, the installation needs a password for the root user. It also needs to update the system with the latest software.

  1. Use the following table to navigate and complete the various configuration pages.

    Page Name


    Password for the System Administrator “root”

    1. Enter and confirm the password novellfilr, click Next, then confirm that you want to use that password.

    Hostname and Domain Name

    1. In the Host Name field, type oes-11.

    2. In the Domain Name field, type filr-lab.example.com.

    3. Deselect Change Hostname via DHCP.

    4. Click Next.

    Network Configuration

    1. Click Next.

      You configured the network in Section A.2.2, Installing the Server Software.

    Test Internet Connection

    You will need to register your server on the Internet in order to download the latest patches, so you should test the Internet connection at this point to ensure that everything is configured correctly.

    1. Select the option to test the connection.

    2. Click Next.

    Running Internet Connection Test

    After a few moments, the Test Status should indicate Success.

    If it does not, you need to click Back and fix your network configuration and the connection to the Internet. It is essential that OES 11 SP1 servers always have the latest security and other critical patches downloaded and installed.

    1. Click Next.

    Novell Customer Center Configuration

    1. Click Next.

    The server establishes a connection with the Novell Customer Center.

    Manual Interaction Required

    1. Click Continue.

    Novell Customer Center System Registration

    1. In the fields indicated, type and confirm the email address to which you want administrative notifications sent.

    2. In the Activation code for SLES components field, type the SLES activation code you noted or printed while downloading the image files.

      If this code is not entered, the server can’t download updates and patches through the Novell patch channels. For the OES 11 SP1 release, downloading the SLES patches is critical for service configuration success.

    3. In the Activation code for OES components field, type the OES 11 SP1 activation code you noted or printed while downloading the image files.

      If this code is not entered, the same patch channel restriction applies as for SLES.

    4. Click Submit.

      Your registration information is sent to the Novell Customer Center. This might take a couple of minutes to complete.

    5. Click Continue.

      The update server is added to your system configuration. Again, this might take a few minutes.

    Novell Customer Center Configuration pop-up

    1. Click OK.

    Online Update

    Depending on the patches that are in the Update channels, you might need to run the update process more than once.

    1. Select Run Update, then click Next.

    2. Click Accept.

    3. If you see one or more YaST pop-ups indicating that changes have been made to resolve dependencies, click Continue.

      If you see pop-ups indicating that you have selected patches that should be installed later, click Cancel.

      The update patches are downloaded and installed.

    4. Click Next > OK.

      The system restarts.

    5. Repeat from Step 2 until no more patches are selected for installation.

    Network Services Configuration

    1. Because the system reboots due to a kernel changes, you must type and confirm the root password (novellfilr), then click OK.

    2. Click Next.

  2. Continue with Configuring eDirectory and OES Services.

A.2.4 Configuring eDirectory and OES Services

For the exercises in this guide, you need specific eDirectory, NTP, and SLP configurations.

  1. Use the following table to navigate and complete the eDirectory pages.

    Page Name


    eDirectory Configuration - New or Existing Tree

    1. In the Tree Name field, type EXAMPLE_TREE.

      Notice that the Use eDirectory Certificates for HTTPS Services option is selected. This option configures all of the HTTPS services (OES and SLES) to use the new eDirectory tree’s Organizational CA for certificate management and encryption of HTTPS communications.

      For more information on the value that this adds to your network, see Certificate Management in the OES 11 SP1: Planning and Implementation Guide.

    2. Click Next.

    eDirectory Configuration - New Tree Information

    1. In the FDN Admin Name with Context field, type CN=admin.O=FILR-LAB.

      In this guide, the Admin User object is named admin (all lowercase) to differentiate the name from the object itself (Admin User), which is a standard eDirectory object and is always capitalized in the documentation by convention.

      The eDirectory Admin User object can have any name you choose, although most administrators use admin.

      In this guide, all container objects, such as FILR-LAB, are created in uppercase so that they are more easily distinguished in the illustrations and procedures.

    2. In the Admin Password and Verify Admin Password fields, specify novellfilr as the password for the eDirectory Admin User.

    3. Click Next.

    eDirectory Configuration - Local Server Configuration

    1. Change the server context to OU=IS.O=FILR-LAB.

    2. Click Next.

    eDirectory Configuration - NTP

    Time synchronization is required for eDirectory.

    1. Click Add.

    2. Type time-a.nist.gov, then click Add.

    3. Click Next.

    eDirectory Configuration - SLP

    1. Click Next.

    2. Click Yes to confirm that SLP is being configured for multicast.

      Because this is a single-server tree and for Filr evaluation only, further SLP configuration is not needed.

    Novell Modular Authentication Services

    1. Click Next.

    OES Common Proxy User Information

    1. Click Next.

      This creates a common proxy user for some of the OES services you are installing. For more information, see Common Proxy User in the OES 11 SP1: Planning and Implementation Guide.

      IMPORTANT:Filr also has proxy users. They are not the same as this common proxy user.

    Novell Open Enterprise Server Configuration

    1. Click Next.

      The eDirectory and iManager configuration processes can take a few minutes, or much longer, depending on the server processor speed, and so forth. The other OES services should self-configure fairly quickly.

    User Authentication Method

    1. Click Next.

    New Local User

    The local root user was created during the SLES installation. On OES servers, we recommend that all users except root be defined in eDirectory. Therefore, you shouldn’t create additional local users.

    1. Click Next.

    Empty User Login

    1. Click Yes.

    Release Notes

    1. Click Next.

      The official OES 11 SP1: Readme is published with the OES 11 SP1 Online Documentation.

  2. Continue with Setting Up the Graphical User Interface.

A.2.5 Setting Up the Graphical User Interface

Although most Linux servers don’t have a graphical user interface loaded, your OES 11 hands-on server runs the GNOME interface by default.

When the Hardware Configuration page appears:

  1. Review the Graphics Cards configuration to ensure that your monitor was detected and that your color and resolution settings are the way you want them.

    If the settings are correct, skip to Step 3.

  2. If the configuration is incomplete or wrong, click the blue links to configure your monitor, color, resolution, and so forth.

  3. Click Next.

  4. When the Installation Completed page appears, deselect Clone This System for Autoyast, then click Finish.

  5. When the login splash page appears, continue with Accessing iManager.

A.2.6 Accessing iManager

iManager is the main browser-based tool that is used to manage eDirectory and the OES services.

To start iManager and prepare your browser for future sessions:

  1. On your VMware host workstation, open the OES 11 SP1 Welcome page in your Web browser by entering the following URL:

  2. If you receive a security alert, such as a warning that the connection is not trusted, select the options to continue, such as I Understand the Risks > Add Exception. Ensure that the option to permanently store the exception is selected if available, then confirm the exception.

  3. Click the Management Services tab.

  4. On the Available Services page, click iManager.

    You can also start iManager directly by including /nps after IP_or_DNS in the access URL. For example, enter

  5. Log in as the eDirectory Admin user:

    1. In the Username field, type admin.

    2. In the Password field, type novellfilr.

    3. In the Tree field, type

      If SLP services were configured and working properly, you could enter the tree name, but they are not.

    4. Click Login.

  6. Do not close iManager. Continue with the next section, Enabling Pop-Ups for iManager.

A.2.7 Enabling Pop-Ups for iManager

Some iManager plug-ins use pop-up dialog boxes that are blocked by most browsers. To use iManager, you must enable pop-ups that originate from the servers where iManager is running.


  1. On the Firefox menu bar, click Tools > Options > Content.

  2. Disable all pop-up blocking by deselecting the Block Popup Windows option and clicking OK.


    Add the hands-on lab server to the list of exceptions by doing the following:

    1. Click the Exceptions button.

    2. In the Address of Web Site field, type the OES 11 SP1 hands-on lab server’s IP address.

    3. Click Allow > Close.

Internet Explorer

  1. On the Command bar, click Tools > Pop-up Blocker > Turn Off Pop-up Blocker.

  2. Click Yes.

A.2.8 Where to Go from Here

Continue with Creating Users, Pools, and Volumes.