The Perfect Server - OpenSUSE 10.3 (32-bit) - Page 2

Now switch to Expert mode (the Expert tab in the Installation Settings), select your Keyboard Layout and Accept:

Back on the Installation Settings screen, click on Accept and then on Install:

The hard disk is being formatted:

The package installation starts (click on the Details tab to see the detailed installation progress):

After the basic package installation the system reboots. Remove the SUSE DVD and go sure to boot from the hard disk:

After the system has come up again, provide a password for root. Then hit the [Tab] key until the Next is highlighted and hit return.

Next, we must provide a Hostname and a Domain Name. My server's name is, so I fill in server1 as Hostname and as Domain Name. Afterwards, we disable Change Hostname via DHCP because a server's hostname should be static. Leave Write Hostname to /etc/hosts enabled.

On to the Network Configuration. To navigate in text-mode use the tab and arrow keys. Enable or disable selections by hitting the return key.

Mark Network Interfaces and hit return:

Hit the [Tab] key until [Configure] is highlighted, then hit return.

You should now be on the Network Card Setup screen. I do not want to get IP addresses from a DHCP server because a server should have static IP addresses so I change this by selecting Statically assigned IP Address and enter an IP Address (e.g., a Subnet Mask (e.g., and the hostname Hit Next afterwards:

Then go to [Hostname/DNS]:

The hostname ( should already be there (remember, we specified this earlier in our setup). Fill in up to three Name Servers (e.g. and, Then go to [Routing]:

Enter the Default Gateway. For me, this is Then hit [Accept]:

Our network configuration is finished now, therefore we hit [Next] on the Network Configuration screen:

Now the internet connection of the system is tested:

Now configure the Online Update function and install the latest updates, if available:

An update server (for the latest package updates) should have been added to your configuration. Hit [OK]:

Select Run Update:

A list of available updates is shown. Hit [OK] to install them:

The updates are being downloaded and installed:

Hit [Next] afterwards:

When asked how users should authenticate, choose Local (/etc/passwd):

Create a second user other than root (e.g. administrator - do not use the name admin as it is already reserved on the system):

Read the release notes (if you like...) and hit [Next]:

Congratulations! Your base installation is complete.

On to the next step...

Falko Timme

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