The driver needed for the Intel Corporation 10 Gigabit Ethernet (10GbE) network interface controller (X540-AT2) used in the server is not included in the general availability release of SUSE Linux Enterprise Server (SLES) 11 SP1. To use the server's built-in 10GbE controller with SLES 11 SP1, an upgraded Intel 10GbE ixgbe driver must be downloaded from the SUSE Partner Linux Driver Program (PLDP) web site.
Note - If you are installing SLES 11 SP2, you can ignore this section because SLES 11 SP2 includes the required ixgbe driver.
Note - If you are going to use Oracle System Assistant to install the SLES 11 SP1 operating system, you can ignore this section. Oracle System Assistant includes the required upgraded Intel 10GbE ixgbe driver and installs it for you automatically.
For information on the PLDP, see: http://www.novell.com/developer/partner_linux_driver.html.
To download PLDP drivers for SLES 11 SP1, see: http://drivers.suse.com/driver-process/pub/update/Intel/sle11sp1/common/x86_64/.
At the time of this writing, the following PLDP ixgbe drivers for SLES 11 SP1 are available:
You can install the appropriate driver .rpm file(s) after you have installed and configured SLES 11 SP1 from the distribution DVD (or ISO DVD image) or during the initial install.
If you want to install the upgraded ixgbe driver during the initial install, you must make a Driver Update Disk (DUD) to use during the install process. For SUSE instructions for making a DUD, see: http://www.novell.com/developer/creating_a_driver_update_disk_%28dud%29.html.
You also have the option of incorporating the upgraded ixgbe driver file(s) into a PXE configuration for completely automated network installs. The instructions for incorporating the updated driver (for example, rebuilding the PXE-loadable initrd file with the new driver) is an advanced topic, which is beyond the scope of this document.