Linux, Open Source & Ubuntu: SUSE Linux Enterprise Server 11 Covers a Lot of Ground

 
 
By Jason Brooks  |  Posted 2009-04-10
 
 
 

SUSE Linux Enterprise Server 11 Covers a Lot of Ground

by Jason Brooks

SUSE Linux Enterprise Server 11 Covers a Lot of Ground

Host and Guest for Virtualization

SLES 11 offers install-time options for deploying virtualization guest or host systems, as well as for setting up regular bare-metal servers.

Host and Guest for Virtualization

VM Manager

SLES 11 includes code from the Red Hat-driven virt-manager project for keeping tabs on virtual machines. The tool is appreciably more basic than the comparable virtualization tools from VMware or Citrix.

VM Manager

Installation Server

SLES 11 makes it fairly easy to configure an installation source that's discoverable on one's local network through SLP.

Installation Server

VM Install Tool

SLES 11's VM creation tool, however, didn't detect the service.

VM Install Tool

PolicyKit Configuration

I was able to delegate specific system rights, such as those for monitoring VMs on a SLES host, with PolicyKit.

PolicyKit Configuration

PolicyKit on SLES

When running SLES 11 in graphical mode as a limited rights user, PolicyKit prompted me for an administrative password before carrying out certain operations.

PolicyKit on SLES

VM Install Snag

I ran into a snag while installing an rPath Mediawiki appliance under SLES 11's Xen hypervisor.

VM Install Snag

Supportability

Novell has integrated into the system's software management toolset information about the support level that customers can expect for the various components that ship with SLES 11.

Supportability

Unsupported Experimental Features

The packages for experimentally offered SELinux and KVM functionality are marked as "unsupported," while a package I installed from SLES sister distribution OpenSUSE was marked with a support level of "unknown."

Unsupported Experimental Features

Supported Kernel Modules

I had to modify a configuration file to allow my SLES 11 test machines to use unsupported kernel modules.

Supported Kernel Modules

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