SLES 11 sp3

Installing SUSE Linux Enterprise Server

Installing SUSE Linux Enterprise Server (SLES 11 sp3)


SUSE Linux Enterprise Server is a Linux operating system which focuses its attention on mainly servers, mid-range and mainframe. SLES as it is commonly known is mainly used by larger organisations/Enterprises. SLES is generally more stable than the open community edition with only maturely tested products making their way into this edition. SLES 11 is available to download as an evaluation. It can be downloaded for many platforms including x86, AMD64/Intel64, System Z, IBM Power and Itanium editions. SLES normally comes with 60 days support, providing patches and fixes. Larger platforms often offer longer evaluation periods. After the initial period, you will need to purchase a license agreement for continued support of your operating system.

To download your evaluation iso image of SLES 11 you will need to register for an account at the following site:

Free Evaluation SUSE Linux

In the following example I will be using a 32bit x86 platform image of the operating system (SLES-11-SP3-DVD-i586-GM-DVD1.iso). Note only DVD1 is needed. Once you have downloaded your SLES iso image for the relevant architecture, this image will need to be burned to a DVD. Software that can do this task can be found by searching for "dvd iso burning software" in the search box located above. Your system may already have the necessary CD/DVD burning software installed such as "Brasero, K3B, Nero, CDBurnerXP or Roxio". Once you have successfully burned your "iso" image of SLES 11 to your DVD, you will need to place the DVD into the DVD drive bay of your target system and reboot your system. (This example assumes you are using a x86 32bit version of the software). As your computer reboots, you will need to press the appropriate key to access your system's BIOS configuration settings. On many systems this key will be "F8", "F11" or "F12". Most systems will display the a message indicating which key needs to be pressed. Once you have access to your BIOS settings, you will need to modify the boot order of your system to boot from CD/DVD first. Once this change has been made, you can reboot your system and follow the instructions below.



Installation - SLES installer


To start your installation of SLES, simply highlight the installation option and then press enter. Your installation should now begin.


SLES 11 installer

Initial Loading Screen - Progress Bar


An initial loading screen is displayed while the installer initialises. A progress bar is displayed.


SLES 11 Initial Loading Screen

Welcome Screen


At the Welcome Screen screen you will need to select the language that is to be used during this installation. You must also specify the keyboard settings to be used. In the example, I have chosen English UK as this is my current location and keyboard type. You must also place a tick by the "I agree to the License Terms" in the lower left hand corner. Once you have made you choices, you may click "Next" to continue with the installation.


Welcome Screen SLES 11 sp3


Media Check


It is always advisable to check the media you have burned. To accomplish this, click on the "Start Check" button.


SLES 11 Media Check

System Analysis - System Probing


The next step will quickly probe your system. Once complete click "Next" to continue with the installation.


SLES 11 System Analysis - Probing

Select Installation Mode


From this screen we are going to choose a "New Installation" then click "Next" to continue.


SLES 11 - Select Installation Mode

Clock and Time Zones


From this screen you must choose a time zone. In most cases, this will be automatically detected. In this example, Europe and United Kingdom have been selected. Once you are happy with your choice, click "Next" to continue.


Time Zone Selection - SLES 11 SP3

Server Base Scenario


From this screen we will select the option "Physical Machine". Now click "Next" to continue.


Server Base Scenario

Installation Settings Review


The following screen allows you to review your chosen options and change any if necessary. If you are happy with your chosen selections then click "Install" to continue.


SLES 11 Installation Settings Review

Confirm Installation


To continue with your SLES 11 installation, you must click the "Install" button. Your previously chosen options will now be applied.


Confirm Installation

Perform Installation


Progress of your SLES 11 installation will now be displayed. Current actions are displayed along with remaining time and number of packages that are going to be installed.


Performing installation with SLES 11 sp3

Finishing Basic Installation


At this point various files are being copied to the installation and the boot manager is being installed. Shortly the system will "reboot".


First Boot of SLES 11

SLES 11 Initial Boot Screen


At this screen simply press enter to continue to the automatic configuration part of the installation. The system will automatically select this entry (Boot from Hard Disk).


SLES 11 Initial Boot Screen

SUSE Linux Enterprise Server Loading Screen


At this point the familiar loading screen will display. No action is needed here.


SLES Loading Screen

Password for root account


At this screen you must enter a password for the root user account. Please choose wisely! I would recommend typing your password into the test keyboard box as this will confirm that the keyboard settings are correct and that you password has been entered correctly. Click "Next" to continue.


root user account entry screen

Hostname and Domain Name


At this screen you must give your server a name. I have used the entry "sles01". Click "Next" to continue.


SLES 11 sp3 Hostname entry screen

Network Configuration


At this screen you can modify your network settings. In this example I have enabled the port for "ssh" connections. This is useful if you plan to administer your server remotely. (This option can always be enabled later after installation). Click "Next" to continue.


Network Configuration Review

Test Internet Connection


From this screen, you can test your internet connection. If you choose to test, the latest release notes will be downloaded as a test. If successful, you should see the word "Success" within the results box. Alternatively, you can choose to skip this test. Click "Next" to continue.


SLES 11 - Test Internet Connectivity

Novell Customer Center Configuration


To configure your system for updates you can register your system with Novell. I have chosen to skip this registration as this can be carried out after the installation. Click "Next" to continue.


Novel Customer Center Configuration

Network Services Configuration


If you are happy with the displayed configuration, you can click "Next" to continue. If not, use the change menu below or click on the "green" links to change any settings.


Network Services Configuration

Choose Authentication Method


We can specify how we would like to authenticate our users. I have chosen the option "Local" using "/etc/passwd".



New Local User - Create Account


At this screen you will need to specify a new user that you can login with. I have chosen to not tick the option "Automatic Login". This means I will be asked for my credentials to access the system.


Create New User Account

Release Notes for SUSE Linux Enterprise Server


From this screen you can view the release notes for this version of SLES. Click "Next" to continue with installation.


SLES Release Notes

Hardware Configuration


At this point the system is now going to probe your hardware. The screen may flicker or go blank at this stage. One the analysis is complete and you are happy with the options listed, click "Next" to continue.


SLES 11 hardware Configuration Overview

Installation Now Complete


Click "FINISH" to complete the installation. The System will now save all changes and restart all services. You will see various services started/re-started.


Login Screen


You must now enter the credentials you created earlier to access your system. First type the "user name" then click on the "Login" button. You will be prompted for the associated password.


SLES 11 Login Screen

GNOME Desktop


Congratulations, you have now installed SLES.


SLES 11 GNOME Desktop