7.0 System Configuration with YaST
In SUSE Linux Enterprise Server, YaST handles both the installation and configuration of
your system. This chapter describes the configuration of system
components (hardware), network access, and security settings, and
administration of users. Find a short introduction to the text-based YaST
interface in Section 7.11,
YaST in Text Mode.
For a description of
manual system configuration, see Section 16.3,
System Configuration via /etc/sysconfig.
Configure the system with YaST using various
YaST modules. Depending on the hardware platform and the installed
software, there are different ways to access YaST in the installed
In KDE or GNOME, start the YaST Control Center from the main menu. The
individual YaST configuration modules
are also integrated in the KDE Control Center. Before YaST starts, you are
prompted to enter the root password, because YaST needs system
administrator permissions to change the system files.
To start YaST from the command line, enter the commands
su (for changing to the user
yast2. To start the text version, enter
yast instead of yast2. Also use the
command yast to start the program from one of the
For hardware platforms that do not support a display device of their own
and for remote administration on other hosts, run YaST remotely.
First, open a console on the host on which to display YaST and enter
the command ssh -X root@<system-to-configure> to
log in to the system to configure as
root and redirect the X server
output to your terminal. Following the successful
SSH login, enter yast2 to
start YaST in graphical mode.
To start YaST in text mode on another system, use
ssh root@<system-to-configure> to open the
start YaST with yast.
To save time, the individual YaST modules can be started
directly. To start
a module, enter yast2
View a list of all module names available on your system with
yast2 -l or yast2 --list.
Start the network module, for example, with yast2 lan.