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How to register SLE 10/11 using the command line

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Novell SUSE Linux Enterprise Server 11
Novell SUSE Linux Enterprise Server 10
Novell SUSE Linux Enterprise Desktop 11
Novell SUSE Linux Enterprise Desktop 10
Novell Open Enterprise Server 2 (OES 2) Linux


Registration through a command line utility is needed because registering (or activating) the system through YaST (Software -> Novell Customer Center Configuration) is not working or a command line solution is required.


suse_register is the application that is being called from YaST2 to register the system with Novell's Customer Center.
The following are examples of the "suse_register" command to perform the registration:

For SLED 10/11:

suse_register -a regcode-sled=YourActivationCode -a email=YourEmailAddress -L /root/.suse_register.log

For SLES 10/11:

suse_register -a regcode-sles=YourActivationCode -a email=YourEmailAddress -L /root/.suse_register.log
For OES2 (including SLES10 base registration):
          suse_register -a regcode-sles=YourActivationCode -a regcode-oes=YourActivationCode -a email=YourEmailAddress -L /root/.suse_register.log

If the system name needs to be provided too add the option "-a moniker=NAME" to the command.

Additional Information

suse_register --help will list all available options.
to get debug for problems:
suse_register -d 3 -a regcode-sles=YourActivationCode -a email=YourEmailAddress -L suse_register-d3.log

suse_register is located in the /usr/bin directory and provided by the package suseRegister.

Change Log

2011-03-03       mlatimer    Added SLE-11
2009-06-18       swehnert    Added -a moniker option
2009-03-18       fhassel       Added the logfile parameter


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  • Document ID:3030847
  • Creation Date:07-NOV-07
  • Modified Date:30-APR-12
    • NovellZENworks Linux Management
    • SUSESUSE Linux Enterprise Desktop
      SUSE Linux Enterprise Server

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