Install Rudder server on SLES

If you are working on a test system, you can use the quick install script:

curl | bash -s setup-server 8.1

That will automatically execute the installation, and you can go directly to the Initial configuration section below.

Before installation

Before all, you need to set up a server according to the server specifications. You should also configure the network.

As Rudder data can grow really fast depending on your number of managed nodes and number of rules, it is advised to separate partitions to prevent /var getting full and break your system.

Configure the package manager

Special care should be taken during initial installation not to say "Continue anyway" if Zypper does complain a dependency can not be resolved and asks what to do.

Add the Rudder packages repository


Each official package is signed with our GPG signature. To ensure the packages you will install are official builds and have not been altered, import our key into rpm using the following command:

rpm --import

Our key fingerprint is:

pub  1024R/6F07D355 2012-11-09 Rudder Project (RPM release key) <>
      Key fingerprint = 1141 A947 CDA0 4E83 82C1  B9C4 ADAB 3BD3 6F07 D355

Add the Rudder packages repository:

  • on SLES 15:

zypper ar -n 'Rudder 8.1' Rudder

If you have an active subscription, use the following to get access to long term support (you need to replace the username and the password by your Rudder account):

zypper ar -n 'Rudder 8.1' Rudder

Update your local package database to retrieve the list of packages available in our repository:

zypper refresh

Install Rudder server

To begin the installation, you should simply install the rudder-server package, which will install the required components:

zypper install rudder-server

Initial configuration

User account

Now the installation is complete you need to create a first user account. The easiest way is to use the dedicated command to create a local admin user:

# Replace USERNAME by the user you want to create
rudder server create-user -u USERNAME

It will ask you a password twice and will create the user.

Read more about user account options in the dedicated section.

First connection

Once all these steps have been completed, use your web browser to go to the server URL. Use your first user credentials to connect.

Now you should go to Settings → General → Allowed Networks and check that the networks listed there properly include all your nodes network addresses. By default, this will contain your server’s attached networks.

The setup of the Rudder server is now over. If you plan to manage hundreds or thousands of nodes, please note that some performance tuning can be necessary on the system.

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