Before installing OES, you should be aware of the information in the following sections:
The software and network preparation processes required to install OES 11 SP2 are outlined in Figure 3-1.
NOTE:Section 4.0, Getting and Preparing OES 11 SP2 Software contains instructions for obtaining the ISO image files referred to in the following illustration.
Figure 3-1 OES 11 SP2 Install Preparation
As illustrated in the previous section, OES 11 SP2 lets you install from either physical media or from files on the network.
OES 11 SP2 includes numerous installation options as documented in the OES 11 SP2: Installation Guide.
Integrated Media Install: You can install SLES 11 SP3 and OES 11 SP2 from a single ISO or DVD obtained from a Novell Authorized Reseller or created from a downloaded ISO image file.
CD/DVD Install: You can install SLES 11 SP3 by using a DVD and then install OES 11 SP2 from a CD, both of which can be either obtained from a Novell Authorized Reseller or created from downloaded ISO image files.
Network Install: You can install from the network by using the NFS, FTP, or HTTP protocol.
If you are installing from both SLES and OES media, using the network saves you from swapping media on the server during the installation.
Automated Install: You can install from the network by using an AutoYaST file.
This lets you install without providing input during the installation process. It is especially useful for installing multiple servers with similar configurations.
OES 11 SP2 includes predefined server installation options that install only the components required to provide a specific set of network services. These server types are called patterns.
For example, if you want to install an OES 11 SP2 server that provides enterprise level print services, you should select thepattern during the installation.
You should always choose a predefined server type if one fits the intended purpose of your server. If not, you can choose to install a customized OES 11 SP2 server with only the service components you need.
Many administrators prefer to install products on and experiment on a smaller scale prior to formal deployment feasibility testing. The OES 11 SP2: Getting Started with OES 11 and Virtualized NetWare walks you through installing and exploring all the basic OES 11 SP2 services.