This guide is intended for use by professional network and system
administrators during the actual planning, deployment, configuration, and
operation of SUSE® Linux Enterprise. As such, it is solely concerned with ensuring that
SUSE Linux Enterprise is properly configured and that the required services on the network
available to allow it to function properly as initially installed. This
guide does not cover the process of ensuring that SUSE Linux Enterprise offers proper
compatibility with your enterprise's application software or that its core
functionality meets those requirements. It assumes that a full requirements
audit has been done and the installation has been requested or that a test
installation, for the purpose of such an audit, has been requested.
This guide contains the following:
Before you install SUSE Linux Enterprise, choose the deployment
strategy and disk setup that is best suited for your
scenario. Learn how to install your system manually, how to
use network installation setups, and how to perform
an autoinstallation. Configure the installed system with
YaST to adapt it to your requirements.
SUSE Linux Enterprise offers a wide range of tools to customize
various aspects of the system. This part introduces a few
Learn more about the underlying operating system by
studying this part. SUSE Linux Enterprise supports a number of hardware
architectures and you can use this to adapt your own
applications to run on SUSE Linux Enterprise. The boot loader and boot
procedure information assists you in understanding how your
Linux system works and how your own custom scripts and
applications may blend in with it.
SUSE Linux Enterprise is designed to be a network operating system. SUSE® Linux Enterprise Desktop includes client
support for many network services. It integrates well into
heterogeneous environments including MS Windows clients and
This edition of SUSE Linux Enterprise includes several security-related
features. It ships with Novell® AppArmor, which enables
you to protect your applications by restricting privileges.
Secure login, firewalling, and file system encryption are
covered as well.
SUSE Linux Enterprise includes a wealth of applications, tools, and
documentation should you need them in case of trouble. Some of
the most common problems that can occur with SUSE Linux Enterprise and
their solutions are discussed in detail.
We want to hear your comments and suggestions about this
manual and the other documentation included with this product.
Please use the User Comments feature at the bottom of each page of
the online documentation and enter your comments there.
For additional documentation on this product, refer to
GNOME User Guide
A comprehensive guide to the GNOME desktop and its most
- KDE User Guide
A comprehensive guide to the KDE desktop and its most
- Network Connectivity Guide
An in-depth introduction to networking using
- Novell AppArmor 2.0 Administration Guide
An in-depth administration guide to Novell AppArmor that
introduces you to application confinement for heightened
security in your environment.
For a documentation overview on the SUSE® Linux Enterprise Server product, refer to https://www.novell.com/documentation/sles10/index.html. The
following manuals are exclusively available for SUSE Linux Enterprise Server:
- Start-Up Guide
Basic information about installation types and work flows.
- Architecture-Specific Information
Architecture-specific information needed to prepare a SUSE Linux Enterprise Server
target for installation.
- Installation and Administration
In-depth installation and administration for SUSE Linux Enterprise Server.
Many chapters in this manual contain links to additional documentation
resources. This includes additional documentation
that is available on the system as well as documentation available on the
The following typographical conventions are used in this manual:
/etc/passwd: filenames and directory
placeholder with the actual value
PATH: the environment variable PATH
ls, --help: commands, options,
user: users or
: a key to press or a key combination; keys are
shown in uppercase as on a keyboard
, : menu items, buttons
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