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Red Hat Enterprise Linux 5 Options

This article applies to: Software Licensing


If you have a RHEL 5 server using the Cornell site license. The only option is to upgrade to a newer version of RedHat or CentOS.  The Extended Life Cycle Support (ELS) Add-On for RHEL 5 is not available under our Cornell RedHat self-support site license.   

Migrate to CentOS information        

Migrate to CentOS to avoid future fees at https://www.centos.org/download/. Check that the software applications on the server do not require RedHat for vendor support. Oracle and IBM applications typically require a RedHat OS for full vendor support. 

You will need to configure your system to install patches on a regular schedule. Information on how to do this can be found at:

Purchasing a Red Hat license

You can purchase a standalone Red Hat license subscription, information can be found at: https://www.redhat.com/en/store/linux-platforms. Use the Red Hat Subscription Management (RHSM) system with your own account. This will allow you to manage your own account and subscriptions.

You will need to configure your system to install patches on a regular schedule. Information on how to do this can be found at:


If you have a separately purchased RHEL 5 license with Standard or Premium support you can purchase ELS for your server, information can be found at: https://access.redhat.com/solutions/690063.

Help with Red Hat Retirement 

If you have any questions please contact the IT Service Desk at itservicedesk@cornell.edu.

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Monday, April 10, 2017 - 2:31pm

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