Dell has been offering the SUSE® Linux® Enterprise Server (SLES) operating system since 2005. In 2011, The Attachmate Group acquired Novell and now operates SUSE as an independent business.

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SUSE Linux Enterprise Server 11

SUSE Linux Enterprise Server (SLES) is a highly reliable, scalable and secure server operating system, built to power both physical and virtual mission-critical workloads. With this foundation, enterprises can deliver business services, enable secure networks and manage heterogeneous IT resources.


With the rollout of SLES 11, Novell is also offering a number of add-on extensions that provide additional functionality to the distribution. These extensions include:

  • SUSE Linux Enterprise High Availability Extension - SUSE Linux Enterprise High Availability Extension is an affordable, integrated suite of innovative open source clustering technologies that enable enterprises to implement highly available Linux clusters and eliminate single points of failure.
  • SUSE Linux Enterprise Real Time Extension - SUSE Linux Enterprise Real Time Extension is an add-on to SUSE Linux Enterprise Server that is specifically engineered to reduce the latency and increase the predictability and reliability of time-sensitive mission-critical applications.
  • SUSE Linux Enterprise Point of Service - SUSE Linux Enterprise Point of Service (POS) is specifically tailored for the retail sector, offering Linux for user touch points and in-store servers. It provides a competitive advantage by improving service quality while reducing technology costs.


Dell offers SLES 11 on eleventh-generation Dell™ PowerEdge™ servers. It is offered as a factory-installed OS and has full Dell OpenManage™ software support. x86_64 is the supported architecture.

To ensure your system has all the necessary security patches and bug fixes, please keep your machine updated. See Novell Subscription Management Tool for more details.

Important Information:

UEFI

Graphics

  • Dell PowerEdge servers launched after March 2009 contain the Matrox G200eW Graphics Controller. While SLES 11 has support for this controller, there are a few known issues that might cause blanking of the screen or system lockup, especially while booting via UEFI. See the Dell Techsheet for SLES 11 on PowerEdge Servers for details on these issues.

Network

  • There might be issues with enumeration of NICs (network interface cards) on some Dell PowerEdge systems in certain circumstances. Please refer to the NIC Enumeration white paper for more details.
  • Tips to setup/use IPv6

Links

  • Contains important information related to installation of SLES 11 on PowerEdge servers and known issues
  • Lists PowerEdge servers that are Novell Yes-certified

SUSE Linux Enterprise Server 10

Dell began selling SLES 10 on ninth-generation Dell PowerEdge servers (x9xx), x86_64 architecture only. It is supported as a "Tier 1" operating system, meaning it has full Dell OpenManage software support. SUSE has certified Dell systems on the i386 architecture as well, but these are not sold by Dell.

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