This site contains a kISO image for installing SUSE Linux Enterprise Server 12 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 12


  • x86_64


Driver Kit ISO Image
File: suse_nvme-sle12-x86_64-1.1.iso · [download]
Size 391 MB
MD5 Checksum bd101b07a753db4cdce5c2c416cb7c7f
SHA256 Checksum 73634e042c379da5a0ac9238ad71b1a5740e5f42deb231f183c8ff14eaf00ff0


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 4.7 MB
MD5 Checksum 569f2daad3e34a1f5de708fc893ec794
SHA256 Checksum 9c7bb8a5f4b55135b4727cadb9b8e6ef5197133533568ddf7b5be8c010ffbbb7
Initrd Image
Name initrd · [download]
Size 370 MB
MD5 Checksum de8891405ab47083b3ab3d315967eff8
SHA256 Checksum c2b20228d146db984dae507002ec25115baa49044fa5531627ac390c1d51b315