Installing or upgrading openSUSE is fairly easy. We could used any choice : DVD installation, LiveCD, LiveUSB or by using net install CD for network installation. But, How if we do not have any of CD, DVD, or USB  The only one we have is existing openSUSE with attached network. Well, It was not the end of choice, because we could use a small script with long name 🙂 , SetupGRUBforNFSinstall.
How to use this small script to fit with our requirement ?

  1. If you have  fast and stable internet connection, skip step 2. You could use network installation by using openSUSE.org as base installation source
  2. Preparing network installation source. You mas used SLP or http installation source. I’m using http installation source by mount openSUSE ISO image into apache root folder directory. In this screnario, I’m using a server with IP address 192.168.0.1 and mount the ISO image into /srv/www/htdocs/slp-install. The local folder could be reach by using http protocol with this address : http://192.168.0.1/slp-install/ (I used folder name ‘slp-install’ because used same folder as slp installation source)
  3. Download the script (Right clik and save as). Change it’s name with “setupgrubfornfsinstall.sh”. You may rename the script with another name, I must give a credit for Ludwig Nussel for his achievement 🙂
  4. Give the script executable permission
    [code language=’cpp’]
    chmod +x setupgrubfornfsinstall.sh
    [/code]
  5. Follow the wizard
  6. Step 1 : Choose either x86 or x86_64 architecture. This initial wizard will be show if your system supporting the x86_64 architecture
    netinstall-0
  7. Step 2 : Choose installation source. I choose “Specify URL manually” for current scenario, although I can choose another option (SLP or internet install from openSUSE.org)
    netinstall-1
  8. Step 3 : Typing full URL. In this scenario : http://192.168.0.1/slp-install
    netinstall-2
  9. Step 4 : Choose display resolution for installation process
    netinstall-3
  10. Step 5 : Klik OK, follow another extra wizard 🙂 and finally, reboot your computer and choose network installation from GRUB menu.
    netinstall-4

After the above wizard, the installation process will continue to normal installation as well as using CD or DVD.
Related sources :

  1. http://lizards.opensuse.org/2008/06/20/install-opensuse-without-burning-cds/
  2. http://www.suse.de/~lnussel/setupgrubfornfsinstall.html
9 thoughts on “openSUSE Network Installation/Upgrade Without CD/DVD”
  1. This also works in SLED 10. I was able to use it to upgrade to openSUSE 11.1 on an hp 2133 without a cd drive or having to mess around with making a bootable usb stick. Many thanks for posting it!

  2. This also works in SLED 10. I was able to use it to upgrade to openSUSE 11.1 on an hp 2133 without a cd drive or having to mess around with making a bootable usb stick. Many thanks for posting it!

  3. Thank you for your response,
    I also successfully installing openSUSE 11.1 on SLES 10 (IBM x Series) by using this simple script.

  4. Thank you for your response,
    I also successfully installing openSUSE 11.1 on SLES 10 (IBM x Series) by using this simple script.

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