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    Default Suse Update Service for Enterprise version

    Last winter we had the intention of using VMWare branded Novell Suse Enterprise as we were going to be getting the licenses/subscription through the purchase of Vsphere. Since that time we have set up 4 VMs, and have been testing an application that will soon be going into production status. However a new issue has arisen. As we are over budget we will not get the Vsphere license (which included Suse subscription). We also found that the added features of a Vsphere license do not really add anything over the free ESX hypervisor.

    On the one hand these servers have all been configured precisely, on the other hand we have no update service from which I understand we would need a Novell subscription. Most of the repositories we have added are external to Novell, meaning they are community ones. So my questions are this:

    1.) Can we use Opensuse community repositories for the Online Update?
    2.) If not is there a way to easily 'convert' Enterprise Suse to Opensuse?

    Obviously what we first want to avoid is having to do a brand new install of Opensuse and spend the time moving data from the old to the new. One of the issues that has caused the delay and over runs is that the application we will be deploying has not lived up to its promises, and has caused considerable amount of time configuring, tweaking, and de-bugging. And yes I fully expect and answer being that we just need to install OpenSuse, but you never know.

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    Default Re: Suse Update Service for Enterprise version

    On Sun, 17 Jul 2011 18:36:04 +0000, sbnet wrote:

    > 1.) Can we use Opensuse community repositories for the Online Update?


    What you might find is that some of the repositories have a companion
    repository for SLE. If you go to http://software.opensuse.org/search and
    search for a package, you'll see that there is an option to select SLE
    releases as well as openSUSE releases.

    OBS lets people build the packages for different platforms, so a
    maintainer could make a package available by adding that option to the
    build options in OBS.

    You should be aware, though, that using community repos might have
    repercussions in your SLE support agreement. You'll want to talk to the
    SUSE folks to get clarification on that (you could start by asking this
    in the Novell forums' SLE forums, but probably you'll want to talk to
    your account rep or to the support folks directly).

    > 2.) If not is there a way to easily 'convert' Enterprise Suse to
    > Opensuse?


    Not that I know of - back up the data and you could try one of the
    upgrade options, or just install openSUSE over SLE (but again, have a
    backup - SLE *should* have installed with a separate /home partition, so
    it may be just as simple as overwriting the / partition with the openSUSE
    install.

    Jim
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    Default Re: Suse Update Service for Enterprise version

    Your best chance might be to do a distribution upgrade. To do so, replace the SLE repositories with

    Code:
    http://download.opensuse.org/distribution/11.4/repo/oss/
    http://download.opensuse.org/distribution/11.4/repo/non-oss/
    http://download.opensuse.org/update/11.4/
    and run 'zypper dup' from the terminal. I can't say with certainty that this would work, but in any case back up everything before continuing.

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    Default Re: Suse Update Service for Enterprise version

    1) No
    2) No
    openSUSE now works on an eight month cycle; there have been four new openSUSE distros since the current Enterprise version was released. You can update the Enterprise version by taking out a subscription but the base systems will now be so different that only a fresh install of openSUSE is viable if you do not wish to continue with the Enterprise version.

    There is now an Evergreen version of openSUSE which may suit you in future but that was only started recently; so its base system is unlikely to be similar enough to the Enterprise versions to make a viable option. The alternatives appear to be to pay up for the cheapest subscription or to grit your teeth and start again. Which one is more costly for you in the long term only you can work out.

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    Default Re: Suse Update Service for Enterprise version

    On 2011-07-17 22:06, chief sealth wrote:
    >
    > Your best chance might be to do a distribution upgrade. To do so,
    > replace the SLE repositories with


    Completely unsupported and at your own risk.

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