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How to upgrade SUSE Manager 1.2 to version 1.7

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SUSE Manager 1.2
SUSE Manager 1.7


A system running SUSE Manager 1.2 should be upgraded to SUSE Manager 1.7. This document explains how.

Please note, that in SUSE Manager version 1.7 you have the option to use either an Oracle database or a PostgreSQL database. A migration from SUSE Manager 1.2 to version 1.7 with PostgreSQL database is not possible. If you want to use version 1.7 with PostgreSQL database, a new installation is required.

Please also note, that SUSE Manager 1.2 evaluation systems that use an oracle-xe database (Oracle Database Express Edition) cannot be upgraded. Instead, install a new SUSE Manager 1.7 Server evaluation copy which includes a full-features embedded database.



  1. Make sure that the SUSE Manager license in your Customer Center (NCC) account is still valid. Enter to check the license in the NCC.
  2. Make sure that your system is registered either against the NCC or against a local SMT server. Check via the "zypper lr" command, that it has the following repositories assigned:
    • SLES11-SP1-Pool
    • SLES11-SP1-Updates
    • SUSE-Manager-Server-1.2-Pool
    • SUSE-Manager-Server-1.2-Updates
  3. If this is not the case, call up "yast2 inst_suse_register" to re-register the system.
  4. Install all patches that are available for SUSE Manager 1.2 by executing the command "zypper patch" twice. As an alternative you can use "yast2 online_update" to install the patches.

To perform the upgrade, please execute the following steps:

  1. Stop the SUSE Manger services via the "spacewalk-service stop" command.
  2. If the SUSE Manager database is running on the same machine as your SUSE Manager server, start the database instance with "/etc/init.d/oracle start".
  3. As a sidenote, if you want to use the QT interface of yast (and not the ncurses version), install the respective packages via the following command: "zypper in xorg-x11-xauth yast2-qt yast2-qt-pkg xorg-x11-fonts xorg-x11-fonts-core"
  4. In order to start the upgrade process, call up "/usr/sbin/wagon". 
  5. yast2-wagon will do an automatic self update if needed.
  6. In the following dialogue select how to migrate. Select "Customer Center" if the update repositories should be used or select "Custom URL" if you want to specify the update source manually. In most cases "Customer Center" should be the right choice. If you want to review the repository changes yourself, additionally select "Check Automatic Repository Changes". Click "Next".
  7. A re-registration of the system will be done. During the registration process the SLES11-SP2-Pool and -Updates as well  as the SUSE-Manager-Server-1.7-Pool and -Updates catalogs will be added. The SLES11-SP1 catalogs will stay enabled, the SUSE-Manager-Server-1.2 catalogs will be disabled. Click "Next".
  8. The success dialog-popup at the end informs about which repositories were added (click on the "Details" Button).
  9. If you have selected "Check Automatic Repository Changes", the list of repositories will be displayed, providing the opportunity to manually enable/disable/add/delete repositories. In most cases no modification of repositories should be needed! Klick "Ok" when finished.
  10. In the next dialogue it is possible to select a migration type:
    • "Minimal migration" just upgrades all packages that are required to bring the system up to SP2 level.
    • "Full migration" installs all additional updates.
    • The "Advanced" button is for manually selecting the repositories used for upgrading.
  11. In most cases "Full migration" should be the right choice. Press "Next".
  12. A license agreement regarding the susemanager-schema package is displayed, just select "Yes".
  13. A proposal screen (named "Distribution Updrade Settings") is now listed with the following sections:
    • Add-On Products: Third Party add-on products can be added here.
    • Update Options: This shows what will happen with the product. Temporary migration product metadata will be removed, the SUSE Manager Server product will be upgraded. Further, it can be selected, if all packages should be downloaded before upgrading (this is the default) or if the packages should be downloaded and installed one by one.
    • Packages: shows some statistics about rpm packages to update, to install and to remove.
    • Backup: some backup options.
  14. Please note: If you changed your mind and want to abort the upgrade to SP2, click "Back" then "Abort". In this case a rollback is triggered to bring the system back to SUSE Manager 1.2 level. Further the migration product metadata is removed, a re-registration is performed and the newly added repositories are removed.
  15. To continue the upgrade to version 1.7 press "Next" -> "Start Update".
  16. The following steps are executed:
    • The update of the rpm packages is performed. SuSEconfig is executed.
    • A message to reboot the system is displayed (Press "Ok").
    • A registration of the final SP2 product(s) takes place. Please note that SLE 11 SP1 catalogs need to stay enabled.
  17. Once the upgrade packages are installed, the system is on SUSE Manager 1.7 level.
  18. To be sure that all SUSE Manager 1.7 maintenance patches are installed, run "zypper patch" on the commandline.
  19. Reboot the system.
  20. During the boot process you get a message, that the database schema is not current. This is normal and will be addressed via the following steps.
  21. Call up "spacewalk-service stop" (opposite to SUSE Manager 1.2, this will not shut down an Oracle instance in case it is running on the same system).
  22. Perform the database schema upgrade via the "spacewalk-schema-upgrade" command.
  23. Attention: depending on your hardware and configuration, it is normal if it takes more than half an hour. Please don't interrupt the process.
  24. After a "spacewalk-service start" the system is fully on SUSE Manager 1.7 level and ready for use.


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  • Document ID:7010797
  • Creation Date:19-SEP-12
  • Modified Date:15-NOV-12
    • SUSESUSE Manager

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