11. We are going to make the “root” partition. Here, I allocate 10 GB for that.
12. I have selected “ext3” file system for the “/ partition” and labeled it in “fstab options” as “ROOT”. (File system can be applied according to your need and Labeling partitions is a best practice for mounting purposes).
13. Repeat the steps 10, 11, 12 to create the boot, swap and data partitions too.
14. After custom partitioning is completed you may click “Install” button unless you want to configure default software installation.
15. Confirm package licenses by clicking “I Agree” button and again click the “Install” button to confirm the installation.
16. Enter password for Super User (root).
17. Enter Hostname and Domain name.
18. Disable/Enable Firewall as your need and click next. In this I have disabled firewall since if it was ON, I will be unable to access the server from outside.
19. Skip “Internet connection test” and leave the default settings for “Network Services Configurations”.
20. Select “(Local /etc/passwd)” for User Authentication Method and continue.
21. Create a new local user if you need one and continue installation.
22. Click when the Release Note interface has appeared and wait until the installation is completed.
23. After the installation is completed, you may login to the system.
24. Get a terminal and type “yast” and enter.
25. You will have a bluish screen and go to “Network Devices” and select “Network Settings”.
26. Press “Alt+i” to configure the selected network interface.
27. Press “Alt+t” to go to Static IP configuration and hit “space” to select it. Then press “Alt+i” to enter the IP address you want.
28. After entering a valid IP address and subnet mask press “Alt+n” to continue. Then press “Alt+u” to enter the default gateway, enter it and press “Alt+o” to accept it.
29. Press “Alt+q” and then you’ll get to the terminal again. There, you restart the network service.
30. Now check network configurations by issuing “ifconfig” command and ping to working IP to confirm the connectivity to the network. Connect with a putty for further confirmation.
Now you’ve installed SLES 11 SP3 successfully. Since the network is configured, now you can SSH to the server from outside and carry on the post installation tasks. Keep in touch with tecmint for handy how to’s and leaving your feedback will be really helpful to enhance future work.