Installation of SUSE Linux Enterprise Server 12

SUSE Linux Enterprise Server abbreviated as SLES has been developed by SUSE on top of open source Linux Kernel. It is a commercial Linux operating System which target platforms like Workstations, Mainframes, Servers and...

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SUSE Linux Enterprise Server abbreviated as SLES has been developed by SUSE on top of open source Linux Kernel. It is a commercial Linux operating System which target platforms like Workstations, Mainframes, Servers and Supercomputers.

The current SLES Release (SUSE Linux Enterprise Server 12) Support architecture which includes x86-64, System Z and IBM Power. It provides solution over a variety of genre like Server, Visualization, Openstack, Private Cloud, Storage, Integrated Systems, Big Data, SAP, etc.

SUSE Linux Enterprise Server is being used by more than 13,000 businesses across the globe. This future proof platform is used by companies like Air India, Cafe Coffee Day, Casio, China Meterological Administration, China Telecom Corporation, Mahindra, Micro Silicon Electronics, London Stock Exchange, Office Depot, TERADATA, etc., just to name a few.

Features of SLES 12

  1. Reliable, Scalable, Secure and Robust on Administrative Issues
  2. Suitable for Mission Critical Operations.
  3. Best Suited for using virtual Environment as guest as well as on Physical Server.
  4. Improved Manageable Capabilities, Inter-interoperability and that too at affordable cost.
  5. Highly Efficient and optimize-able
  6. Certified IPV6 Compatible
  7. Efficient in bearing web infrastructure workloads.
  8. Suitable for High Availability Clustering.
  9. Real time computing
  10. Life Cycle of SLES 12: General Support (10 Years) + Extended Support (3 Years)
  11. Easy Installation
  12. Wide range of Packages viz., Web Development, Cloud, Scripting, etc.
  13. Implementation of Latest Technologies like Systemd in place of System V, MariaDB in place of MySQL, Wicked, open-vm-tools, Linux Containers, Dockers, etc.
  14. The Very Famous package Manager of SLES, Yast which stands for Yet another Setup Tool, lets user to setup and configure SLES for upper-end-of-the-state-of-art.
Some interesting facts about SLES
  1. SUSE Linux Enterprise Server is the only Enterprise Linux Operating System Recommended by techno-giants Microsoft and CISCO.
  2. More than 800 peoples are working on SLES in more than 40 countries.
  3. SUSE Community is looking for Professionals around the globe. You may like to visit SUSE Career page

Download Suse Linux Enterprise Server 12

SLES is a commercial distribution and hence it is not available for free (free as in speech but not as in beer). You have to avail the subscription to use SLES. However there is a 60-day Free Trail which you can utilize to evaluate SLES. Follow the steps below to download SLES 12 DVD images…


1. Go to : https://www.suse.com/products/server/download/

2. Select your architecture

3. Fill the short form on the next window and submit.

4. Verify the link on your email ID and receive Key as well as Download Link.

5. Save the key and Download the ISO.

After downloading ISO image, you need to check the integrity (SHASUM/MD5SUM) of ISO Image and then burn the image to DVD or USB Stick. You may like to refer to following article for making Boot-able USB stick.

  1. Making Linux Bootable USB Device

Installing SUSE Linux Enterprise Server 12

1. After making bootable DVD or USB image, insert the Bootable Media into the system and then boot from it. You will be greeted with Welcome Screen.

SLES Boot Screen

SLES Boot Screen

2. This window provide you with other options like Boot from HDD, Upgrade, Rescue, Installation Media Integrity Check and Memory Test. Select Install to continue…

Select Install

Select Install

3. The Installer will start Loading Kernel.

Loading Linux Kernel

Loading Linux Kernel

4. And then SUSE Linux Enterprise Server 12 will start loading essential components..

Loading SLES

Loading SLES

5. Installing Environment Initializing. Click Next.

Initializing Installation

Initializing Installation

6. You need to Agree the License Terms before you can Proceed further… Click Next.

Accept License Agreement

Accept License Agreement

7. Enter the registered email Address and received registration code, without which you won’t get patches and updates. Enter details and Click Next.

Signup for SLES

Signup for SLES

8. If you want to Install Additional add on product select or else just click Next.

Select Addon Product

Select Addon Product

9. Next the installer will show suggested partitioning scheme. You can accept the automatic partitioning however in production it is always suggested to use Manual Partitioning which gives you additional control on the disk and OS. Click ‘Create Partition Setup‘ for Manual partitioning..

Select Manual Partitioning

Select Manual Partitioning

10. Select ‘Custom Partitioning for experts‘ and click Next.

Choose Custom Partitioning for Experts

Choose Custom Partitioning for Experts

11. Select disk (if more than one available) for partitioning.

Select Partition for Installation

Select Partition for Installation

12. Right click on the Disk you want to Partition and Select ‘Add Partition‘.

Add Partition

Add Partition

13. Select Partition Type to be – Primary and Click Next.

Select Partition Type

Select Partition Type

14. Next Add Custom size and Click Next.

Add Partition Size

Add Partition Size

15. Select Role of the Partition.

Define Partition Role

Define Partition Role

16. Next Add Mount Point (/boot) and change filesystem to Ext4. Finally Click Finish.

Add Moint Point as /boot

Add Moint Point as /boot

17. You will see the partition you just created is reflected in resulting windows.

Boot Partition Created

Boot Partition Created

18. We have just created /boot partition. Now we will be creating two more partitions namely / (root) and Swap. Follow step 12 to step 17 with a little changes as discussed below to create other partitions.

19. Create Swap – Right Click on the Disk and Select “Add Partition? Primary Partition ? Custom Size (I have used 1GB as Swap) ? Swap ? Finish.

20. Create Root Partition – Right Click on the Disk and Select “Add Partition? Primary Partition ? Custom Size (Give all the remaining space to root partition) ? Operating System ? Next ? File Format Ext4 and Mount Point (/) ? Finish.

21. Once you create all these three important Mount Points you will get something like the below Screen. Click Accept.

Partition Table

Partition Table

22. The Installer will create your partitions as shown below, click Next to continue…

Successfully Created Partitions

Successfully Created Partitions

23. Select your Timezone.

Choose Region and Timezone

Choose Region and Timezone

24. Set Date and Time Manually or Synchronize it with NTP Server (Working Internet Connection Needed).

Set Date and Time

Set Date and Time

25. Create a New User. Add Appropriate data to relevant fields.

Create New User

Create New User

26. Create root password.

Set root Password

Set root Password

27. Installation Settings – what is going to be installed and what is Enables.

Installation Settings

Installation Settings

28. You will be prompted to Confirm Installation. Click Install.

Confirm Installation

Confirm Installation

29. And it will start Installing Packages. You may see the Progress below and it also reports how many packages and amount of data remaining to be installed.

Performing Installation

Performing Installation


30.
Once installation Done, reboot the system to Login into system. Make sure to enter login credentials of newly created user..

SLES Login Screen

SLES Login Screen

31. Once your login successful, you will get a Desktop of SLES.

SLES Desktop

SLES Desktop

32. Check the OS-release Information.

Check OS Release Version

Check OS Release Version

Conclusion

The highly reliable and robust SUSE Linux Enterprise Server is giving tough competition to RedHat Enterprise Linux. The custom tool YaST for SLES leads the rest. Availability of Latest packages, Easy and efficient package manager with a lots of applications makes it easy to Install, configure and Administrate. Best Wishes to SUSE Team (Developers, Designers, Content Writer, …) for such a Powerful Operating System.

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