Introduction to SUSE Linux Enterprise Server (SLES, Repeat)

Join this free online course to get an introduction to SUSE Linux Enterprise Server (SLES). You’ll see an overview and installation of SLES, filesystem and identity, software and network management, and storage administration and shells.

This course was retired in October, 2023.

Self-paced since June 10, 2020
Language: English
Subtitles (auto-generated): Deutsch, English, Français, Español

Course information


This course was retired in October, 2023.

Course Summary

SUSE Linux Enterprise Server (SLES) for SAP Applications is a leading Linux platform for SAP HANA, SAP NetWeaver, and SAP S/4HANA solutions. The SUSE and SAP alliance spans two decades of collaboration and innovation. SUSE Linux Enterprise Server was the first OS for SAP HANA. If you’re running SAP, chances are that you’re running SLES as well. You need to know what you’re doing.

Whether you are an SAP customer or partner, knowing how the underlying operating system works will make you better at your job. Build up your knowledge of this foundational component for most SAP implementations and put yourself on the path to the SUSE certifications SUSE Certified Administrator (SCA) and SUSE Certified Engineer (SCE).

Here is what some participants are saying about the course:

  • "Thank you so much for the course! Craig Cole is a great trainer. A clear and structured presentation of the material, and also wonderful choice of words to explain. I liked that the material is divided into small parts, convenient for understanding. I wish to know more about systemd, startup of services, SLES installation / configuration for SAP. Thank you Craig and thanks OpenSAP Team!" Read the original post.

  • “I like this course and It was usefull for me. I'm waiting more courses about SLES" Read the original post.

  • "I'd just like to say what a joy it has been to participate in this course. It was structured so well that every week I felt like we weren't covering much until I studied for the final exam and realized how much we actually covered. It definitely didn't feel that way which is good. I enjoyed listening to Craig Cole as an instructor and would like to thank him. I do sincerely hope there is another SUSE course run by him as he is a great instructor! I would recommend this course to anyone wanting to learn Linux and SUSE in particular." Read the original post.

  • " it is definitely recommended for linux beginners. clearly and briefly summarized. I would like to see hands-on exercises during the course. thanks for the course Craig" Read the original post.

  • " I've attended a Linux Foundation Essentials course before and this course covers all the content covered there plus specific SUSE content as well. A well-constructed course." Read the original post.

Course Characteristics

Course Content

Week 1: Overview and Installation of SLES
Week 2: SLES Filesystem and Identity
Week 3: Software and Network Management
Week 4: Storage Administration and Shells
Week 5: Final Exam

Target Audience

  • System Administrators and Technical Consultants
  • Anyone interested in SUSE Linux Enterprise Server (SLES)

Course Requirements

  • Basic system administration experience on any operating system

Previous Versions of This Course:

Previous version of this course is available here:
Introduction to SUSE Linux Enterprise Server (SLES) (October 15 through November 20, 2019)

Course contents

  • Course content no longer available

  • Week 1:

    Overview and Installation of SLES
  • Week 2:

    SLES Filesystem and Identity
  • Week 3:

    Software and Network Management
  • Week 4:

    Storage Administration and Shells
  • I Like, I Wish:

    We Love Your Feedback … And Want More
  • Final Exam:

    Good Luck!

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Course End
Jun 10, 2020
Course Start
May 05, 2020


This course was rated with 4.6 stars in average from 948 votes.

Certificate Requirements

  • Gain a Record of Achievement by earning at least 50% of the maximum number of points from all graded assignments.
  • Gain a Confirmation of Participation by completing at least 50% of the course material.

Find out more in the certificate guidelines.

This course is offered by

Craig Cole

Craig Cole is a Training Engineer and Instructional Designer for the SUSE Linux Enterprise product line at SUSE. He has nearly two decades of experience designing, building and delivering expert-level training.

Having worked with and on Linux since 1997, he knows the ins and outs of architecting and deploying open-source solutions, especially SUSE Linux Enterprise Server.