How to load the base SLE 10 packages into ZLM 7

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Novell ZENworks 7 Linux Management - ZLM7
Novell SUSE Linux Enterprise Server 10
Novell SUSE Linux Enterprise Desktop 10


In order to update SLE 10 managed devices with ZENworks 7 Linux Management, it may be required to load the base operating system packages into a ZENworks 7 Linux Management bundle.


1) Download ZLMLoad from
and install it with the following command:

# rpm -ivh zlmload-2.1-11.1.noarch.rpm

2) Physical media will need to be mounted. Alternatively, an ISO file can be used.

3) Run the command to load the base operating system packages into ZLM.

# /opt/novell/zenworks/bin/zlmload -P <your ZLM administrator password> <location>

Where <location> is the directory where the installation media is mounted, or the path to the ISO being loaded.

The name of the bundle it creates will vary depending on the operating system version being loaded, but will end in "-Distro".
For example, the bundle SLES10-SP2-Distro will be created when SLES 10 SP2 is loaded.

The base operating system packages will need to be loaded for each architecture (i586, x86_64, etc) and operating system
(Novell SUSE Enterprise Server, Novell SUSE Enterprise Desktop, etc) being supported in the environment.

For update purposes, the newly created distro bundle (for instance: SLES-10-i586-Distro) will need to be added to the Update
catalog, so that this catalog will have two bundles: the update bundle and the distro bundle.

DO NOT assign the distro bundle directly to a device, that would force the device to install every single rpm from the distro!

Additional Information

This process can also be used to load the SLE 10 SDK into ZLM.

Change Log

31 July 2009 - Tom Abraham - reworded to remove "you", "you're", etc
31 July 2009 - Tom Abraham - made download URL a hyperlink, used courrier font for commands
20 July 2009 - Tom Abraham - Pointed to the latest ZLMLoad version., Modified instructions on running zlmload to reflect new version and the ISO no longer needs to be mounted.