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SUSE Linux Enterprise Server (SLES 10) Start-up Guide
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1.2 Boot Methods

Depending on the hardware used, the following boot methods are available for the first boot procedure prior to the installation of SUSE Linux Enterprise Server:

Table 1-1 Boot Options

Boot Option


CD or DVD drive

The simplest booting method. The system requires a locally-available CD-ROM or DVD-ROM drive for this.

Floppy or USB disks

Find the images required for creating boot disks on the first CD or DVD in the /boot directory. See also the README in the same directory. Booting from a USB memory stick is only possible if the BIOS of the machine supports booting from it.

PXE or bootp

Must be supported by the BIOS or by the firmware of the system used. This option requires a boot server in the network. This task can be handled by another SUSE Linux Enterprise Server.

Hard disk

SUSE Linux Enterprise Server can also be booted from hard disk. For this, copy the kernel (linux) and the installation system (initrd) from the /boot/loader directory of the first CD or DVD onto the hard disk and add an appropriate entry to the boot loader.

SUSE Linux Enterprise Server (SLES 10) Start-up Guide
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