Upgrade from SLES9 to SLES11

I’m looking for instructions to help me upgrade from SLES9 to SLES11. I would think I might find some very detailed steps on Novell’s website but I have not.

Does anyone know of “best-practice” articles that might help?



Hi Todd,

you have posted in the openSUSE forum <forums.opensuse.org>…

which you are welcome to do, and here you MIGHT get some really good
help…but i would suggest that since most (not all, just most) folks
here have never seen a SLES/D you might find better (more competent
and experienced) help in the forums of the maker <forums.novell.com>

i’d help you myself, if i could but i’ve never seen an SLE-anything
installed/running/etc…this is mostly a forum of volunteers helping
noobs break out of Redmond-Jail in the OPEN (free) version of SUSE
(currently 11.1) which eventually gets most bugs hammered out and THEN
released as a numbered SLEx

besides, you purchased the server software and Novell is obligated to
help you, right?



I wasn’t aware that there was both a ‘free opensuse’ and the paid product through Novell. Very confusing, I thought they were the exact same products.


SLES is normally supported for five years whereas openSUSE only for two; so you are coming up to the time to ‘upgrade.’

Depending on what you are using SLES for, if you haven’t got a support contract, you may well find it worthwhile to review your options. Do you really need support and, if not, would openSUSE be a viable alternative?