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.
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
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.
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
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.