Installing The OS on The BRIX

There was no great secret to this. I pugged my bootable USB stick into the front USB3 port on tthe front of the BRIX, hit the power button and the machine booted into the OpenSuSE installler.

You can follow these step by step instructions to perform the installation of your choice. My desired purpose for this box is a web server so I chose a Text Mode installation as I’ll be running the box headlessly once it’s configured. I, therefore have no need for a desktop manager GUI.

TIP: Performing the Text Mode install the installer diables the firewall and SSH by default. In the Installation Settings screen you get the change to change this. I left the firewall disabled as my box is behind a harware firewall but I enabled SSH as this will be my primary method of accessessing the box and so it saved me a step. 

At the end of the installation you should be able to ssh onto your new OpenSuSE Linux server using:

Finding The IP Address

Before you can ssh over to the new server you need to find the ip address. Normally, I’d type ifconfig on the new server to find the ip’s of all the interfaces, however ifconfig is depricated when doing a Text Mode installation, use

ip addr show

… instead.

ssh <username>@<suse_ip_address>

If you forget type the following as root when the installation is complete:

/sbin/chkconfig sshd on

I presume plugging the USB Stick into one of the two USB ports on the back of the BRIX would also have worked but I didn’t attempt that.

Also, I was not doing a headless install. My BRIX was plugged into a monitor through it’s HDMI interface and a USB keyboard and mouse into one of the back USB ports.

© Charles Webster 2016