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Installing DKMS in SLES

Challenge

On the SUSE Linux Enterprise system (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

Use the OpenSUSE dkms package on the SLES system.

 

Example for SLES12 SP3:

1. In /etc/modprobe.d/10-unsupported-modules.conf, set allow_unsupported_modules to 1.

# vi /etc/modprobe.d/10-unsupported-modules.conf

2. Save and exit the file.

3. Determine a repository for the openSUSE version which kernel matches your SLES version most closely (go to http://packman.inode.at/suse/ to identify the correct repository folder).

4. Add this 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 http://packman.inode.at/suse/openSUSE_Leap_42.3/ packman

5. Refresh the package manager. Select a to accept the key forever. Otherwise, the next command will not work.

# zypper ref

6. Install the dkms package.

# zypper -n in --force dkms

7. Install the veeamsnap module.

8. 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.

 

KB ID:
4053
Published:
2020-11-19
Last Modified:
2020-11-19
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