2.3 Meeting All Server Software and Hardware Requirements

Before installing OES 2 SP3, ensure that your system meets the following requirements.

2.3.1 Server Software

As part of the OES 2 SP3 installation, you install SUSE Linux Enterprise Server 10 SP4.

IMPORTANT:OES 2 SP3 services were developed and tested on a default SLES 10 SP4 server base.

As you install OES 2 SP3, do not change any of the SLES 10 Base Technologies package selections, such as Java support. Doing so can cause various problems, such as the installation failing or one or more OES 2 SP3 services not working properly.

If you are installing on an existing SLES 10 SP4 server, be sure to verify that all of the default SLES 10 SP4 components are installed before attempting to install OES 2 SP3 services.

2.3.2 Server Hardware

Table 2-1 Server Hardware Requirements

System Component

Minimum Requirements

Recommended Requirements


Server-class computer with Pentium II or AMD K7 450 MHz processor

IMPORTANT:Although OES 2 is an add-on product to SLES 10, it only runs on the processors indicated below, which are generically referred to as i386 and x86_64. Other processors that are supported by SLES 10, such as Itanium (IA64), are not supported for running OES services.

Server-class computer with Pentium III, Pentium III Xeon, Pentium 4, Intel Xeon 700 MHz, AMD K8 CPUs (Athlon64 and Opteron), Intel EM64T or higher processor.

NOTE:Some OES services run in 32-bit mode only.


1 GB of RAM

2 GB of RAM for the base system. Additional RAM might be required depending on which OES components are selected and how they are used.

Free Disk Space

7 GB of available, unpartitioned disk space

10 GB of available, unpartitioned disk space. Additional disk space might be required, depending on which OES components are selected and how they are used.

CD-ROM or DVD Drive

4X CD-ROM or DVD drive if installing from physical media

48X CD-ROM or DVD drive if installing from physical media

Hard Drive

20 GB

Network Board

Ethernet 100 Mbps

IP address

  • One IP address on a subnet

  • Subnet mask

  • Default gateway



USB or PS/2

Server computer BIOS

Using a CD-ROM or DVD installation source, prepare the BIOS on your server computer so that it boots from the CD-ROM or DVD drive first.

Video Card and Monitor

1024 X 768 resolution or higher with a minimum color depth of 8 bits (256 colors)

Although it is technically possible to run the ncurses installation at a lower resolution, some informational messages aren’t displayed because text strings don’t wrap to the constraints of the window.

NOTE:The RAM and disk space amounts shown here are for system components only. The OES service components you install might require additional RAM and disk space.

Be sure to complete the planning instructions found in the OES 2 SP3: Planning and Implementation Guide for each component you install.