Intel SSD DC P3500/P3700
Bootable Driver Kit




This driver kit adds support to SUSE Linux Enterprise Server 11 SP3 for Intel SSD DC P3700 and P3500 NVM Express based solid state drives.

These devices offer consistent, native PCIe performance, 5x throughput over SATA interface and the lowest latency storage interface.

Please note that booting from these devices is currently not supported by SUSE.


  • SUSE Linux Enterprise Server 11 Service Pack 3


  • x86_64


Name Size MD5SUM Download
intel_ssd_dc_p3500_p3700-sle11sp3-x86_64-1.0-4.iso 53.8 MB 76e53b3cf3c7fdafda6a978e7e125d6f download


Media installation

  1. Burn the ISO image above to an empty CD/DVD media.
  2. Start the installation using the new CD/DVD media, having the standard SUSE Linux Enterprise media at hand or a URL to a network installation server.
    • If doing a network install, enter the URL of the network install source on the boot command line using the 'install=' option.
    • If doing installation from optical media the installer will first boot from the driver kit and then ask to insert CD1 of the SUSE Linux Enterprise product.
  3. An initrd containing updated drivers will be used for installation.

PXE boot installation

  1. Download the ISO image above.
  2. Mount the ISO image for access to the contents.
  3. Copy the kernel and initrd images from the driver kit iso image to the appropriate location on your tftp boot server. The initrd and kernel image are found under the ./install/boot/x86_64/loader directory. Download links for the kernel and initrd images can also be found in the table below.
  4. Copy the contents of the ISO image to a location on your installation server. (The /boot directory may be omitted)
  5. Add the URL of the driver kit location on the installation server to the boot command of the pxelinux config file using the 'addon=' option.
  6. An updated kernel will be used for installation and installed onto the system.

Example pxelinux config file section:

# Install SLES 11 SP3 with Bootable Driver Kit
label install-bdk
kernel linux-bdk
append initrd=initrd-bdk splash=silent vga=0x314 showopts install=http://installserver/SLES-11-SP3-x86_64 addon=http://installserver/bdk
File Size MD5SUM Download
Kernel Image 3.76 MB bee7187b3b0d706c3baa9968db452698 linux
Initrd Image 34.1 MB 1f4627eb6b9875978d3954a1c1db48d8 initrd

package names and versions

The following packages are provided with this driver kit:


Updates to this driver kit can be found at: updates-readme.html