The product can be used as a way to install a Red Hat Enterprise Linux (RHEL) or SUSE Linux Enterprise Server (SLES) system. This release is able to install RHEL 4 and SLES 9. Also, any software contained in the product can be installed and used only on RHEL 4 and SLES 9 systems.
The IBM Installation Toolkit is aimed at the SMB customers that have just acquired a new System p5 or System i5 box.
There are some issues with this release of the product that you should be aware of before writing a post for support:
- When the Welcome Center is run from an already installed system with the option "-a" passed to it, it will ask for a username and a password. It just will not work if you pass a valid username and password. Workaround: use "root" as username and leave the password blank.
- The only graphical mode web-browser supported for remote installations is Firefox.
- When using a text browser, your screen may become blank. You will need to press the 'b' or 'B' key followed by clicking the "next" link in order to move forward.
- The Qlogic FiberChannel cards are not supported.
- Remote connections by Windows HyperTerminal, Internet Explorer and Web System Management PC Client are not fully supported, you may experience navigation issues.
- If a second instance of Welcome Center starts, the first one will be killed.
- When using RAS tools after a network installation, yast complains about a missing aaa_base package. You can safely ignore it.
- You may need to hit ctrl+c to quit the Welcome Center when using elinks as a text browser.
- RAS Tools does not shows the name of previously installed packages in your system.
*A RHEL installation does not automatically create the GDM configuration file to log in.
- For more complex systems, i.e. systems with more than one disk to partition, it is advised that the user manually partition those for a better chance of booting. Anaconda and Autoyast will sometimes fail to correctly configure the bootloader on these systems.
- To decrease the chance of ending up with a bad configuration for the boot loader, always create a boot partition (/boot) for your system when using manual partitioning.