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Warning: KIWI-LTSP is developed on openSUSE 11.1, the prebuilt image used for SLED are actually openSUSE 11.1 images. Mixing SLES and SLED and these unofficial packages may void your support contract.


  • Install SLED 10 SP2
  • Add SLES 10 SP2 repository via YaST2 Installation sources module, this is where server packages will get installed.
  • Add one script (become root: su -)
 cd /usr/bin
 wget -c
 chmod +x
  • Add openSUSE:Tools and server:ltsp repositories
 zypper sa openSUSE:Tools
 zypper sa server:ltsp
 zypper refresh
  • Install kiwi-ltsp-prebuilt
 zypper in kiwi kiwi-pxeboot kiwi-desc-ltsp kiwi-ltsp-prebuilt kiwi-ltsp-bootimages ltsp-server ltspfs

There may be complaints about missing squashfs and easy-ltsp, ignore and continue.


  • Use "traditional method" for network configuration, give static IP to the internal interface on the server.
  • Edit /etc/sysconfig/kiwi-ltsp "DHCP_Interface=ANY", change "ANY" to the interface your dumb clients are on.
  • Turn off firewall to the interface connected to internal network.
  • Run the following to configure all the services:
 kiwi-ltsp-setup -c

If you give any other IP address change /etc/sysconfig/kiwi-ltsp''' "SERVER_IP" variable accordingly.


  • If a client gives a "Could not find rootfs..." error during boot you need to remove the "COMBINED_IMAGE=" line from /srv/tftpboot/KIWI/config.default
  • If a clients screen starts blinking after most of the boot process is finished you need to change "CONFIGURE_X=False" to "CONFIGURE_X=True" in /srv/tftpboot/KIWI/lts.conf
  • If clients mysteriously can't find a DHCP server to start the TFTP boot process the dhcp daemon may have died. To check open a terminal and type "rcdhcpd status" if the output says "dead" issue an "rcdhcpd restart" I wrote a little bash script that issues "rcdhcpd restart" and put it in /etc/cron.hourly. I am not sure what is causing this issue but one hint might be in /var/log/warn where it reports "dhcpd: Can't create new lease file: Permission denied". Issue "less /var/log/warn | grep dhcpd" to check that.

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