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SUSE Linux Enterprise Server Administration (Course 3037). Chapter 1 Introduction to Managing the SUSE Linux Enterprise Server. Objectives. Describe SLES 9 Access and Use YaST Monitor Your SLES 9 System. Describe SLES 9. SLES 9 Supported by Novell

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Suse linux enterprise server administration course 3037

SUSE Linux Enterprise Server Administration (Course 3037)

Chapter 1

Introduction to Managing the SUSE Linux Enterprise Server


Objectives
Objectives

  • Describe SLES 9

  • Access and Use YaST

  • Monitor Your SLES 9 System

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Describe sles 9
Describe SLES 9

  • SLES 9

    • Supported by Novell

    • Secure, reliable platform for open source computing

  • Benefits

    • New 2.6 kernel

    • Scalability and availability

    • Management tools

    • Developer tools

  • Provides open application programming interfaces (APIs)

    • Simplify Linux integration and customization

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What s new in sles 9
What’s New in SLES 9

  • New kernel features

    • SLES 9 includes kernel version 2.6

    • USB 2.0 and Bluetooth are also supported

    • Hotplug support for SCSI, USB, Firewire, PCI, and CPU

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What’s New in SLES 9 (continued)

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What’s New in SLES 9 (continued)

  • New scalability and available features

    • SLES 9 delivers rapid scalability and high availability

  • New systems management tools

    • SLES 9 simplifies system administration

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What’s New in SLES 9 (continued)

  • New developer tools

    • SLES 9 supplies a dependable platform

    • Offers rich software-development capabilities

  • New software

    • SLES 9 supports the best of new software

    • As well as updated favorites

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Hardware support and system requirements
Hardware Support and System Requirements

  • Supported Processor Platforms

    • See Table 1-6

  • Supported Hardware Extensions

    • See Table 1-7

  • SLES 9 Hardware Requirements

    • See Table 1-8

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Service and support
Service and Support

  • Support programs

    • Premium Service

    • SUSE Linux Server Support

    • Novell Linux Small Business Support

    • Remote and Managed Services

    • Novell Technical Subscriptions

    • Online support options

  • Bug fixes and security patches

    • Provided for five years

      • To customers with a valid maintenance contract or registration code for updates

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Service and Support (continued)

  • Maintenance contract

    • Certification of OS by other software vendors

      • Done only for the SUSE Linux Enterprise Server

    • Maintenance and certifications

      • Require considerable know-how and manpower

      • Service is not provided for free

    • Assures an up-to-date product

      • Throughout its product life cycle

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Linux standards and sles 9
Linux Standards and SLES 9

  • Linux Standard Base (LSB)

    • Currently valid LSB specification is version 1.3.x

    • Covers only the x86 architecture

    • Specification defines

      • Package format

      • System initialization

  • File System Hierarchy Standard (FHS)

    • SLES is compliant with FHS (package fhs)

    • FHS defines that /usr/ can be mounted as read-only

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Linux Standards and SLES 9 (continued)

  • TeX Directory Structure (TDS)

    • TeX

      • Comprehensive typesetting system

      • Can be expanded with macro packages

        • Like LaTeX

      • teTeX

        • Compilation of current TeX software

        • Compliant with TDS and FHS

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Exercise 1 1 explore your kde desktop
Exercise 1-1 Explore Your KDE Desktop

  • When you first install SLES 9 you probably want to explore your desktop and check available resources

  • In this exercise, you log in as geeko (the normal user)

    • And then explore and prepare your KDE desktop for performing the rest of the exercises in the course

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Access and use yast
Access and Use YaST

  • Yet Another Setup Tool (YaST)

    • Used to complete many configuration tasks

      • As a SUSE Linux Enterprise Server administrator

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Yast basics
YaST Basics

  • YaST

    • Used to install SLES 9

    • Has a much greater role as a system management and configuration tool

  • Start YaST with a GUI interface

    • Shows the YaST Control Center

      • Helps you starting a module

    • Uses SuSEconfig to implement changes to the system

  • Start YaST with a text interface (ncurses)

    • As root run yast command

      • Starts the ncurses interface

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The role of suseconfig
The Role of SuSEconfig

  • Consider YaST as front end to various other programs

  • Sometimes YaST writes changes to final configuration files

    • Sometimes it writes changes to files in /etc/sysconfig

  • SuSEconfig

    • Tool used in SUSE Linux Enterprise Server to configure the system

      • According to variables in files in /etc/sysconfig/

    • Run SuSEconfig after manually editing files in /etc/sysconfig/

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Exercise 1 2 customize your sles 9 installation with yast
Exercise 1-2 Customize Your SLES 9 Installation with YaST

  • In this exercise, you customize your SLES 9 installation using the YaST text user interface

    • And the YaST graphical user interface

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Monitor your sles 9 system
Monitor Your SLES 9 System

  • After installation, you probably have questions similar to the following:

    • Did the system boot normally?

    • What is the kernel version?

    • What services are running?

    • What is the load on the system?

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Boot log information var log boot msg
Boot Log Information (/var/log/boot.msg)

  • SLES 9 booting messages are kept in a buffer

    • And saved to /var/log/boot.msg

  • View this log by entering dmesg | less

    • You can scroll up and down

    • Shows messages generated during initialization of the hardware

      • By the kernel or kernel modules

  • You can also use YaST to view this log file

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Hardware information proc
Hardware Information (/proc/)

  • Directory /proc/

    • Lets you view hardware information stored in kernel memory space

  • Common filenames used to generate information

    • /proc/devices

    • /proc/cpuinfo

    • /proc/ioports

    • /proc/interrupts

    • /proc/dma

    • /proc/scsi/scsi

    • /proc/bus/usb/devices

    • /proc/bus/usb/drivers

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Hardware information command line utilities
Hardware Information (Command-Line Utilities)

  • Command-line utilities

    • hwinfo

    • hdparm

    • fdisk

    • iostat

    • lspci

    • siga

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System and process information command line utilities
System and Process Information (Command-Line Utilities)

  • top

    • Gives you a summary of various system statistics

      • In the top part of the screen

    • Screen is updated every 2 seconds

  • uptime

    • Displays specific statistics information without starting a utility

  • ps

    • Displays processes running on the system

      • Sorted by process ID

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System and Process Information (Command-Line Utilities) (continued)

  • netstat

    • Used to find out

      • Which network ports are offering services

      • What connections are established

  • uname

    • Used to find out current kernel version

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Gui desktop utilities
GUI Desktop Utilities (continued)

  • KDE System Guard

    • KDE desktop task manager and performance monitor

  • Xosview

    • Display the status of several system-based parameters

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  • SuSEPlugger

    • Displays details about specific hardware

    • Launches appropriate YaST module for configuring the hardware

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GUI Desktop Utilities (continued) (continued)

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Exercise 1 3 gather information about your sles 9 server
Exercise 1-3 Gather Information About Your SLES 9 Server (continued)

  • In this exercise you will gather information about your SLES 9 server

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Summary
Summary (continued)

  • SLES 9 uses the new 2.6 version of the Linux kernel

  • SLES 9 supports new hardware platforms and extension such as

    • USB 2.0 and Firewire

  • SLES minimum installation system requirements

    • 256 MB RAM

    • 500 MB available hard disk space

  • SLES versions are certified by many major software vendors

    • Supports LSB, FHS, and TDS

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Summary (continued) (continued)

  • SLES has five-year period of software support

  • YaST

    • Used to configure SLES system

  • /var/log/boot.msg log file

    • View it using dmesg | less

  • Files in /proc/ directory

    • Display hardware information for your SLES system

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Summary (continued) (continued)

  • Commands to display process-related information

    • top

    • uptime

    • ps

    • netstat

    • uname

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