Installing DKMS in SLES

KB ID: 4053
Product: Veeam Agent for Linux | 4.0 | 5.0
Published: 2020-11-19
Last Modified: 2021-04-20
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Challenge

On SUSE Linux Enterprise Server (SLES), a non-precompiled veeamsnap module requires the dkms package, but the dkms package cannot be found.

 

Cause

The dkms package is not available within the Packman repository for SLES.

 

Solution

Install the OpenSUSE dkms package on the SLES system.

 

Example for SLES12 SP3

The example below is based in part on a thread from Veeam's R&D Forums: https://forums.veeam.com/veeam-agents-for-linux-mac-aix-solaris-f41/sles-and-dkms-dependancy-how-to-t69902.html

  1. In /etc/modprobe.d/10-unsupported-modules.conf, set allow_unsupported_modules to 1.
  2. Save and exit the file.
  3. Determine a repository for the openSUSE version which kernel matches your SLES version most closely (go to https://ftp.gwdg.de/pub/linux/misc/packman/suse/ to identify the correct repository folder).
  4. Add the appropriate repository as a zypper repository.

    For SLES12 SP3 (with 4.4.73 kernel), the closest openSUSE release would be openSUSE Leap 42.3 (with 4.4.76 kernel).
zypper ar -cfp 90 https://ftp.gwdg.de/pub/linux/misc/packman/suse/openSUSE_Leap_42.3/ packman
  1. Refresh the package manager. Select a to accept the key forever. Otherwise, the next command will not work.
zypper refresh
  1. Install the dkms package.
zypper -n install --force dkms
  1. Install the veeamsnap module.
  2. If required, detach the Packman repository after the veeamsnap module installation.
zypper rr packman

More information

Make sure there is also an appropriate kernel-devel package installed. For details, see the Installing Veeam Agent for Linux section of the Veeam Agent for Linux User Guide.

 

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