NOTE: this kISO has been superseded by the SUSE Linux Enterprise 12 Service Pack 1 Installer Update Please use the new installer update.




This site contains a kISO image for installing SUSE Linux Enterprise Server 12 Service Pack 1 to remedy potential kernel panic when using NVMe devices.

The kISO will boot using an updated kernel image that fixes the above described issue, allowing installation of SUSE Linux Enterprise Server/Desktop to continue with the standard media. The kISO will also install the updated kernel on the target system.


  • SUSE Linux Enterprise Server/Desktop 12 Service Pack 1


  • x86_64


kISO Image
File: suse_nvme-sle12sp1-x86_64-1.0.iso · [download]
Size 239 MB
MD5 Checksum 5378c1d7c10c8fe92c80dd607c1031d2
SHA256 Checksum 1dfd49ee2b0667cd4fdc3e71908b51884e0800a6a79244305dd0cd0b3a1cebc8


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 kISO and then ask to insert CD1 of the SUSE Linux Enterprise product.

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 kISO iso image to the appropriate location on your tftp boot server. The initrd and kernel image are found under the /boot/x86_64/loader directory. Download links for the kernel and initrd images can also be found in the table below.
  4. An updated kernel will be used for installation and installed onto the system.

Note: the initial ramdisk (initrd) image on the kISO contains updated kernel packages and is substantially larger than the normal SUSE Linux Enterprise installer initrd. Therefore, a slight delay will be experienced as the system loads the large initial ramdisk.

Kernel Image
Name linux · [download]
Size 4.8 MB
MD5 Checksum 36ab3789d0e7211c599d01615e5ebbe8
SHA256 Checksum e7c653a1adc34de40fe68dd6c9b70b95e744dbc0e8353eb33b87e5e2d4d11098
Initrd Image
Name initrd · [download]
Size 221 MB
MD5 Checksum aafb0397e110d42c00ce594a378a106a
SHA256 Checksum 01c0f03f3cab27abed42734fa4021811f973f247876f06e758edfc0c938d0b20