SUSE Installer Update
Installation Kit

NOTE:This installer update has been superceded by the 4.0 release. It's recommended to use the 4.0 release. 4.0 installation notes




This installer update provides fixes to various issues found with the default installation medium for SUSE Linux Enterprise 12 Service Pack 3 based products. NOTE: The images on this site only include the SUSE installer environment. To complete the installation, the original SUSE media is required in addition to to the updated installer image provided here.

The following issues are fixed with this update:

  • Installation kit is required to enable support for FCoE Storage on Cavium or QLogic Storage Controllers with FCoE Offload


  • SUSE Linux Enterprise Server 12 Service Pack 3


  • x86_64


Installation Kit ISO Image
File: suse_installer_update-sle12sp3-x86_64-1.0.iso · [download]
Size 265 MB
MD5 Checksum 956684d38ac17f78eabe64b04bc88555
SHA256 Checksum 74bcf19d5762baad7d9b1b2abd163e802a8395f42a27c6223fa3f986b618b786


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 12 SP3 with Installation Kit
label install-kit
kernel linux-kit
append initrd=initrd-kit splash=silent vga=0x314 showopts install=http://installserver/SLES-12-SP3-x86_64 addon=http://installserver/kit
Kernel Image
Name linux · [download]
Size 5.62 MB
MD5 Checksum f93b02ae61cb6fbc3b66216089a30a34
SHA256 Checksum f7b9f5f41671c5ddcb613861a19611bd0f44492506c19f7d0a7c85447ef30acc
Initrd Image
Name initrd · [download]
Size 66.9 MB
MD5 Checksum fe7a709a5330f200bd26e9e8d2c70a41
SHA256 Checksum 0dc06232d2e408e78cca9de5f282e42597454541900547c20bc0e6e681148eda

package names and versions

The following packages are provided with this installation kit: