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OES/SLES Registration Script

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October 1, 2014 4:53 pm

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Overview:
A script to easily register Open Enterprise Servers or SLES severs.

Symptom:
It is important to keep your servers at the current patch level. Usually there are many bugs fixed and if you come across a new issue it helps Novell Support the Developers.

I like to use the command line to register my servers. It is easy and relatively fast compared to the GUI. Even easier is to use a script. The register script will do just that. Run the script, enter your e-mail and activation codes, then sit back while the script registers the server. Just copy the script to the server, modify the e-mail account and registration codes and run the script. If something happens to the update services and repositories just run the script to clean up the old and re-register.

Details:
Registering a server with command line is easy to do when you know the commands and even easier when the commands are executed for you in a script. Here are some commands to manually register a server whether it be OES or only SLES.

The command to register a OES server and log the event is

suse_register -a email=<user@email.com> -a regcode-sles=<your sles code> -a regcode-oes=<your oes code> -L /var/log/register.log

Add -d 3 for debugging

suse_register -d 3 -a email=<user@email.com> -a regcode-sles=<your sles code> -a regcode-oes=<your oes code> -L /var/log/register.log &> /var/log/register-debug.log

List All Defined Services

zypper sl

List All Defined Repositories

zypper lr

List Only Update Repositories

zypper lr |grep -i updates

Remove a Service – Run zypper sl to get the number to remove

zypper sd N – where N is the number from the first column when running zypper sl

Refresh Repositories

zypper ref

To automate the process of registering an server and retain registration codes to easily use again, use the registration script. This is what the registration script will do:

  • Determine if the EMAIL_REG variable is populated. This variable stores the
    e-mail address used for the registration process.
  • If EMAIL_REG is empty you will be prompted to enter the e-mail address used to register your servers. The value will be stored in the script.
  • Determine if the REGCODE_SLES variable is populated. This variable stores the SLES registration code.
  • If REGCODE_SLES is empty you will be prompted to enter the SLES registration code. The value will be stored in the script
  • Determine if the REGCODE_OES variable is populated. This variable stores the OES registration code.
  • If REGCODE_OES is empty you will be prompted to enter the OES registration code. The value will be stored in the script
  • The version of SLES will be evaluated. For SLES 11.x the script will clear any existing credentials if they exist (this is in case there is a problem with a registered server and the server needs to be re-registered)
  • It will determine if OES is installed. If OES11 then the script will register both SLES and OES. suse_register -d 3 -a email=$EMAIL_REG -a regcode-sles=$REGCODE_SLES -a regcode-oes=$REGCODE_OES -L /var/log/register.log &> /var/log/register-debug.log
  • If only SLES is found only SLES will be registered.
  • If the SLES version is 10.x you will have the opportunity to choose between updating via ZMD (rug) which is the original way to register and update a SLES10.x server or disable ZMD and use zypper just like SLES 11.x
  • For SLES10.x it will clear any credentials and then do the registration of the server.
  • It will also determine if OES is installed and register accordingly.

Once the values for the variables are set, they will be stored in the script. This script can then be copied to other server and easily used register servers saving you time and making the registration process easy.

The script only works with SLES 10.x and 11.x servers and OES 2.x and 11.x servers.

I have not tested, but assume if you search for $suse_release = 11 and change to $suse_release = 12 this script can be used to register SLES 12 servers. Eventually I will get around to adding SLES 12 and OES 2015 registration capabilities.

Do not populated the registration variables and then send the script to some one you do not want using your registration codes.

Install:

Download register-1.1.tar.gz
Extract with the command tar -zxvf register-1.1.tar.gz
The -z is to gunzip, -x extract, -v verbos, and -f the file name

Usage:
Make the script executable using chmod and then run the script.

Below is an example of running the script the first time. Once the script is ran the codes will be written to the script and store for future use.

OES:~ # chmod +x register-1.1.sh       Adds executable to script
OES:~ # ./register-1.1.sh                       Runs the script

Here is an example of running the SLES and OES Register Server Script:

Please enter an e-mail account: myemail@novell.com
The e-mail recipient is myemail@novell.com

Please enter the SLES activation code: slesActivationCode
The e-mail recipient is slesActivationCode

Please enter the OES activation code: oesActivationCode
The e-mail recipient is oesActivationCode

Removing old registration files...

Server SLES 11.x OES 11.x

Registering Server for both OES and SLES update repositories...
Please be patient, this can take several minutes...

Repository 'OES11-SP1-Pool' is up to date.
Repository 'OES11-SP1-Updates' is up to date.
Repository 'SLES11-SP1-Pool' is up to date.
Repository 'SLES11-SP1-Updates' is up to date.
Repository 'SLES11-SP2-Core' is up to date.
Repository 'SLES11-SP2-Extension-Store' is up to date.
Repository 'SLES11-SP2-Updates' is up to date.
All repositories have been refreshed.

List all Defined Services
# | Alias | Name | Enabled | Refresh | Type
--+---------------------------------------------------+--------------------------------------+---------+---------+------
1 | nu_novell_com | nu_novell_com | Yes | No | ris
2 | Novell-Open-Enterprise-Server-11-SP1_11.1.1-1.153 | Novell Open Enterprise Server 11 SP1 | Yes | Yes | yast2

List Update Repositories
3 | nu_novell_com:OES11-SP1-Updates | OES11-SP1-Updates | Yes | Yes
5 | nu_novell_com:SLE11-SP1-Debuginfo-Updates | SLE11-SP1-Debuginfo-Updates | No | Yes
7 | nu_novell_com:SLE11-SP2-Debuginfo-Updates | SLE11-SP2-Debuginfo-Updates | No | Yes
9 | nu_novell_com:SLE11-WebYaST-SP2-Updates | SLE11-WebYaST-SP2-Updates | No | Yes
12 | nu_novell_com:SLES11-SP1-Updates | SLES11-SP1-Updates | Yes | Yes
15 | nu_novell_com:SLES11-SP2-Updates | SLES11-SP2-Updates | Yes | Yes

Logs for this process can be found at:

/var/log/register.log
/var/log/register-debug.log

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Disclaimer: This content is not supported by Micro Focus. It was contributed by a community member and is published "as is." It seems to have worked for at least one person, and might work for you. But please be sure to test it thoroughly before using it in a production environment.

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