Before installing OES, you should be aware of the information in the following sections:
The software and network preparation processes required to install OES 2 are outlined in Figure 4-1.
NOTE:Section 5.0, Getting and Preparing OES 2 Software contains instructions for obtaining the ISO image files referred to in the following illustration.
Figure 4-1 OES 2 Install Preparation
As illustrated in the previous section, OES 2 lets you install from either physical media or from files on the network.
OES 2 includes numerous installation options as documented in the OES 2 SP3: Installation Guide.
CD/DVD Install: You can install SLES 10 by using CDs or a DVD and then install OES 2 from a CD, all 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.
Installing from the network saves you from swapping CDs 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.
Virtual machine installations offer additional options. For more information, see
Both OES 2 and NetWare 6.5 SP8 include predefined server installation options that install only the components required to provide a specific set of network services. In the OES 2, these server types are called patterns.
For example, if you want to install an OES 2 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 2 server with only the service components you need.
More information about server patterns is available in the installation guides:
Many organizations prefer to install products on smaller servers for testing in a lab prior to full deployment. The OES 2 SP3: Getting Started with OES 2 and Virtualized NetWare walks you through installing and exploring all the basic OES 2 services.
Many are interested in Novell Storage Services (NSS) running on Linux. If you plan to experiment with NSS on a single-drive server, be sure to follow the instructions in OES 2 SP3: Installation Guide.