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Suse 11 Installation Checklist

Dr. Nikolai Bezroukov

Suse installation Configure RAID  Boot from Suse DVD or Other Medium Partition the Harddrives
Select set of packages to be installed Configure root and Perform network configuration Reboot the system and perform post-install configuration Harden the server

Server: ______________________________

  1. Before You Begin
  2. Boot from Suse Installation DVD or Other Medium
  3. Partition the Harddrives
  4. Select set of packages to be installed
  5. Configure root and Perform network configuration
  6. Reboot the system and perform post-install configuration
  7. Harden the server

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[Feb 22, 2013] Configuring vsftpd

The vsftpd package comes with a sample configuration file. There is one gotcha related to the default /etc/vsftpd/vsftpd.conf file connected with the fact tha anonymous ftp is enabled by default. If you enable ability to write (change write_enable=NO to YES, and do not disable it you are creating a security hole):

NOTE:By default configuration of vsftp on both RHEL and SUSE allows anonymous ftp and disable write operations. If you enable write operations you need to disable anonymous ftp, unless you need it or you will create a subtle security hole.

[Sep 22, 2011] Inclusion of authoinst.xml in ISO image for automatic installation of Suse

One wat to use authoyast is to include autoyast file into the ISO image. You do not need burn the image for that as ISO image can be accessed via FTP from the standard ISO disk boot. And if you have Dell Drac or HP ILO, you can boot the remote server from local DVD drive or your PC or laptop.

[Dec 17, 2009] Unless you want to have /usr as read-only partition, in Suse it is not needed (nor makes much sense) to create separate partitions for /usr and /opt. They can be merged with root partition. Total size should be around 8G.

Both /opt and /usr can be merged with root partition. That makes usage of disk space more efficient. That means that you need just six partitions

  1. /boot
  2. root
  3. /tmp
  4. /var
  5. home
  6. Swap -- it's no used that often .

[Dec 2, 2009] Use noatime mounting option for root partition.

[Dec 2, 2009] Enabling AT daemon added

[Oct 29, 2008] Oracle requirements are added

Before You Begin

Suse 11 makes sense only as Suse 11 SP1 or SP2. Changes from 10 are mostly incremental but they are substantial. List of daemons started by default on level 5 is quite different.

Before you start installation verify the following:

  1. You have reliable installation disk

    • A lot of time was lost because the DVD is bad or is incompatible with the DVD drive of the server. This is often the case with blades that use external DVD drive.

  2. You have a registration number from the vendor

  3. Remote control card (DRAC, ILO) is configured and you can access it from your PC.

  4. You are using correct version compatible with the hardware (check hardware compatibility list, don't rely of trial and error).

  5. Server static IP addresses are allocated and entered into DNS.

  6. Network masks and gateway information that you have are correct.

Note: In case you install version not supported in hardware compatibility list you risk that you support call will be rejected in the most inopportume moment. Again this is typical for HP blades which are very capricious.




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