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So, I've got a system with a CDROM, no DVD, unable to boot from USB that I need to install the latest SLES onto.  Of course, the latest SLES is only distributed on DVD!

The good news is that I've got several largish partitions on this machine and have made backups of all of them! 

So, I've created a new ext2 filesystem on /dev/sda5 on this machine and copied the contents of the SLES ISO image into that partition.
Next, I booted to GRUB and told it the following:

root (hd0,4)
kernel /boot/i386/loader/linux
initrd /boot/i386/loader/initrd
boot

Now the SLES installer loads!

One caveat is that the installer complains that it cannot find the CDROM.  Just hit "Back", then proceed with the installation: It won't complain a second time!

Now, I've got SLES reinstalled!  The down-side is that since I upgraded from SLES9 to SLES11, things are all sorts of funked up!  Hopefully, I can manually repair these problems and have a spiffy new (old) system!
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