SUSE LINUX Enterprise Server 9 Administration Guide

This book guides you from the initial installation of your SUSEĀ® LINUX Enterprise Server through to full configuration of your system and complex administration tasks.

Organization of the Manual

This manual is divided into four main subject areas:

Installation: Follow this part from the first installation dialog through to the ready configured system. It also tells you how to use the various SUSE LINUX Enterprise Server installation types, how to configure installation sources, and how to update individual software packages or the overall operating system.

System: This part provides detailed information about the organization of your Linux system and how it works, how to distinguish between the 32-(31-)bit and 64-bit worlds, and how to configure a graphical interface and a print infrastructure.

Services: This part covers the main server services on your system and their configuration with YaST. This is followed by information about security, firewalls, CA administration, VPN configuration, and authentication procedures.

Administration: Finally, this part contains information about the use of file system ACLs and a chapter about the various system monitoring programs under Linux.

The appendix provides a summary of the most important sources of information on Linux.

Conventions and Abbreviations

The following typographic conventions are used in this manual:

Font Style



This font is used to indicate a program name.


This font is used to specify a file or directory.


The character string placeholder (including angle brackets) should be replaced by the actual value.


This indicates an environment variable called PATH.

The value of a variable.


Specifies a command to enter.


This style refers to a user.


This symbol indicates a key to press.


This indicates two or more keys to press simultaneously.

Permission denied

This is a system message.

Update system

Menu option or button.

Target Audience

The authors have assumed that readers of this manual possess the following basic knowledge:

  • You are familiar with the terminology used for your hardware platform or have access to the appropriate documentation of the hardware vendor.
  • You are familiar with the characteristics and special features of your hardware platform.
  • You have at least a basic knowledge of how to administer a Linux* system.