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Sun Fire X2270 M2 Server Installation Guide for Linux Operating Systems
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Introduction to Linux Installation

Supported Operating Systems

Sun Installation Assistant (SIA)

Preliminary Tasks Before Installing an OS

Accessing the Console During Installation

How to Configure the Serial Port

How to Erase Your Boot Hard Disk

Installing Oracle Enterprise Linux

Installing OEL from Distribution Media

Updating OEL

Installing SUSE Linux Enterprise Server

Installing SLES10 or SLES11 From Distribution Media

Installing SLES10 Using Local or Remote Media

Installing SLES10 or SLES 11 Using a PXE Network Environment

How to Install SLES10 or SLES11 Using Network PXE Boot

Post SLES Installation Tasks

How to Update the SLES Operating System

Installing System Device Drivers to Support Additional Hardware

How to Install System Device Drivers Using Local or Remote Media

How to Install the System Device Drivers Using a Network Share or USB Device

Installing Red Hat Enterprise Linux

Overview of Red Hat Enterprise Linux Installation

Installing RHEL From Distribution Media

Updating RHEL

Booting From OS Distribution Media

How to Boot From OS Media Locally

How to Boot From OS Distribution Media or ISO File Remotely

Configuring a Linux Server to Support PXE Installation

Overview of PXE Servers

How to Install and Configure a DHCP Server

How to Install Portmap on Your DHCP Server

How to Configure the TFTP Service on Your DHCP Server

How to Install and Configure the neopxe Boot Server Daemon

How to Configure the NFS Service on Your PXE Server

Disabling the Firewall

How to Create a PXE Installation Image for Oracle Enterprise Linux

How to Create a PXE Installation Image for Red Hat Linux

Creating a PXE Image for SUSE Linux

How to Install Linux From a PXE Server

Identifying Logical and Physical Network Interface Names for Linux OS Configuration

SUSE Linux - How to Identify Logical and Physical Network Interface Names While Installing the OS

RHEL - How to Identify Logical and Physical Network Interface Names While Installing the OS


SUSE Linux – How to Identify Logical and Physical Network Interface Names While Installing the OS

When you are configuring the SUSE Linux OS while installing it, you reach a point where you must enter the logical and physical names (MAC addresses) of the network interfaces.

This topic explains how to launch a user shell during the SUSE Linux OS configuration to obtain the logical and physical network interface names that you need to continue with the configuration.

Before You Begin

Find and record the MAC addresses of all your physical ports from their labels.

  1. If you have not already done so, select Rescue System and press Enter.

    The message Loading Linux Kernel appears followed by the SUSE splash screen, then the Choose a Keyboard Map screen appears.

  2. In the Choose a Keyboard Map screen, select the appropriate keyboard configuration and click OK.

    The user shell launches, and the Rescue Login prompt appears.

  3. At the Rescue Login prompt, type root to log in, then press Enter.

    The Rescue prompt appears.

  4. At the Rescue prompt (#), type the following command, then press Enter to display all network interfaces.
    # ifconfig -a

    The output of the Linux SUSE named and physical named network interfaces appear. See the following sample output in Step 5 as an example.

    If you have multiple network interfaces and the output of interfaces scrolls off the top of the screen, you can display the output per interface.

  5. To view the output per network interface, type the following command at the prompt, then press Enter:
    # ifconfig eth#

    where eth# is the interface number. For example, if you type:

    # ifconfig eth0

    The output for eth0 appears.

    In the sample output above:

    • The eth0 entry in the first column refers to the Linux SUSE logical named interface. This first column in the output identifies the logical names SUSE assigned to the network interface.
    • The HWaddr 00.14.4F.0C:A1:53 entry in the second column (first row) refers to the physical MAC address of the network port.

      Note - This MAC address is an example; the MAC addresses in your server will be different.

  6. Record the SUSE logical network interface name with the physical port MAC address for future reference.

    You need to refer to this record when configuring the network interfaces during the Linux SUSE OS installation.

  7. When you are done, do one of the following to exit the Rescue shell.
    • From the ILOM web interface, select Remote Control —> Remote Power Control —> Reset.
    • From other consoles, type reboot at the Rescue prompt (#), then press Enter.
  8. Restart the Linux SUSE installation program.