How to get into BIOS setup: JoelP replies, assuming you have Windows 8, power it off, then press the Assist key, in the top row above the Delete key. The machine will power up and will show a screen with options for setup. booting. and various other possibilities. If you have Windows 7 you can press F2 for setup, or F8 for boot options.
For me booting Linux, the Assist key worked as described.
Assist screen also
has the model, serial number and service tag.
Changed settings in BIOS setup:
Main menu: Gives BIOS version, model and serial number. 8Gb RAM, 750Gb disc.
Exit Menu: Saved changes, then Exit.
And it boots off the installation CD; no hassles about an unsigned booter.
I have a paranoid firewall that includes MAC registration. I went through the registration procedure, and the server then delivered the SuSE distro content to the new machine.
I'm doing a network installation with wired Ethernet.
SuSE installation settings:
Timezone: US/Pacific; also set the time server to 126.96.36.199.
Partitioning: As received it had a GPT disc label (versus DOS MBR) with these partitions:
|sda1||260Mb||Sony system stuff|
|sda2||1.44Gb||Windows RE Tools|
|sda5||243Gb||NTFS (I think originally was 658Gb)|
|Remainder proposed to be allocated to Linux.|
I kept the GPT label, but repartitioned like this:
|sda||750Gb||(Whole disc, it expanded!)|
|sda4||497Gb||/s1 (rest of disc)|
In the SuSE partitioner, if you ask for 20Gb it will inflate this
consistently by 7.5% so you get 21.5Gb. Of this, about 5% is used for
overhead (inode storage and free block list) and 2.5% is reserved for
root, leaving the
available storage about equal to the requested
Each partition is labelled and is mounted by label.
Software: add m4 and expect.
Installation Summary: Enable ssh and open a hole for it in the SuSE firewall (which I will replace later).
Installation proceeded with no problems. Sneeze and you'll miss it. This machine is fast.
In the second phase after boot (auto configuration), skip all network card configuration: it would do ISDN, modems, PPOE, none of which 21st century systems have.
After YaST setup, using X-Windows for root, window manager is IceWM and the font is teensy.
I used YaST2 to reconfigure the wired and wireless nets.
Post_jump executed normally.
Checkout.sh found several discrepancies:
The canonical form of the IPv6 address must appear in /etc/hosts. No leading zeroes.
It was not accepting RFC 2464 auto IPv6 addressing. Eventually fixed.
No longer can you add a wireless NIC to a bridge. I haven't yet figured out what I'm going to do about this.
It needed Xena's SSL host key to be reinstalled.
Since syslog.service is officially bypassed, that test was skipped. Need to do the test whichever syslog variant is enabled.
Needed to add Xena as a Kerberos KDC, a LDAP server, and a DNS NS. [Done]
Slapd (LDAP) was hosed. Based on prior experience I just copied /var/lib/ldap from Jacinth to Xena, and it worked.
It's still disorganized about boot scripts: