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SolutionBase: Installing Novell Open Enterprise Server

Choose the method by which you would like to boot the system

This gallery is also available as a TechRepublic article.

Novell's Open Enterprise Server 9 product is somewhat unique in the Linux world as it runs both Novell's NetWare operating system as well as SuSE Linux and users get to make the choice as to which platform to use.

The installation for Open Enterprise Server is fairly straightforward and very familiar for those of you that have used YaST-based installers in the past. In this article, I will go through a complete Open Enterprise Server installation based on SuSE Linux. During this installation, I will show you have to make granular configuration changes as well as to create software-based RAID volumes.


If you downloaded Open Enterprise Server from Novell's web site and burned the ISOs to CDs, you'll have a heck of a time figuring out what's what. For example, even though CD 6 looks like the sixth CD in the install set, it's actually the first CD in the SuSE core set. Novell recommends that you label each CD as such:

  • oessp2linux01.iso --> Open Enterprise Server SP2 CD1
  • oessp2linux02.iso --> Open Enterprise Server SP2 CD2
  • oessp2linux03.iso --> Open Enterprise Server SP2 CD3
  • oessp2linux04.iso --> Open Enterprise Server SP2 CD4
  • oessp2linux05.iso --> Open Enterprise Server SP2 CD5
  • oessp2linux06.iso --> SUSE Core Version 9 CD 1
  • oessp2linux07.iso --> SUSE Core Version 9 CD 2
  • oessp2linux08.iso --> SUSE Core Version 9 CD 3
  • oessp2linux09.iso --> SUSE Core Version 9 CD 4
  • oessp2linux10.iso --> SUSE Core Version 9 CD 5

There are the labels that the installer program will use when it prompts you to install a particular disk.

Installation process

To get started, make sure you have a machine that meets the minimum specification as outlined in my previous article. I'm installing Open Enterprise Server to a Microsoft Virtual PC-based virtual machine with 512MB of RAM and two 16GB virtual hard disks.

Insert the first CD-ROM into your server and power up your machine. The first screen you'll see is a welcome screen after which you need to choose from a menu the method by which would you like to boot the system. Since this example is all about installing a server, I'll use the Installation option.