3.3. Installation with VNC

VNC (virtual network computing) is a client-server solution that allows a remote X server to be accessed via a slim and easy-to-use client. This client is available for a variety of operating systems, including Microsoft Windows, Apple's MacOS, and Linux.

The VNC client, vncviewer, is used to ensure the graphical display and handling of YaST during the installation process. Before booting the system to install, prepare a remote computer so it can access the system to install over the network.

3.3.1. Preparing for the VNC Installation

To perform a VNC installation, pass certain parameters to the kernel. This must be done before the kernel is launched. To do this, enter the following command at the boot prompt:

vnc=1 vncpassword=<xyz> install=<source>

vnc=1 signals that the VNC server should be launched on the installation system. vncpassword is the password to use later. The installation source (install) can either be specified manually (enter the protocol and URL for the directory concerned) or it can contain the instruction slp:/. In the latter case, the installation source is automatically determined by SLP query. Information about SLP is contained in Chapter 23, SLP Services in the Network.

3.3.2. Clients for the VNC Installation

The connection to the installation computer and the VNC server running on it is established via a VNC client. Under SUSE LINUX, use vncviewer. This is part of the xorg-x11-Xvnc package. To establish a connection to the installation system from a Windows client, install the tightvnc program on the Windows system. This program is on the first SUSE LINUX CD in the /dosutils/tightvnc directory.

Start the VNC client of your choice. Then, when prompted, enter the IP address of the system to install along with the VNC password. Alternatively, establish VNC connections using a Java-capable browser. To do this, enter the following into the address field of the browser:

http://<IP address of the installation system>:5801/

Once the connection has been established, YaST starts and the installation can begin.

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