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Red Hat Enterprise Linux 6 or 7 Options

This article applies to: Software Licensing


Before choosing an option for Red Hat Enterprise Linux 6 or 7 you must check how the system receives its updates.

To do this look in /etc/yum.conf for the key work 'baseurl':

If Your Server Uses the Cornell Red Hat Proxy Server

If your server uses the Cornell Red Hat Proxy server action needs to take place before July 31, 2017 in order to continue to receive patches. Your options include:

Option 1 Convert to CentOS to Avoid Future Fees

First check that the software applications on the server do not require Red Hat for vendor support. Oracle and IBM applications typically require a Red Hat OS for full vendor support.

    Community help is available to convert from Red Hat to CentOS at: 

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

    Option 2 Purchase a Standalone Red Hat License Subscription

    To purchase a standalone Red Hat license subscription visit https://www.redhat.com/en/store/linux-platforms and use the Red Hat Subscription Management (RHSM) system with your own account. This will allow you to manage your own account and subscriptions.

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

    Option 3 Convert to Using Cornell's Satellite Server 

    To convert to using Cornell's satellite server you will need to request a new license key for each server and configure each server to use the Satellite Server instead of the Proxy Server https://it.cornell.edu/software-licensing/red-hat-enterprise-linux-rhel-licensing. You will need a new key to use the Cornell Satellite Server. When you run the install program for Cornell’s Satellite Server, you are configured for automatic patch updates from the Satellite server.

    The Cornell site license, Cornell Satellite Server, and the new key will be good until August 31,2018 when the site license expires.

    If Your Server Uses the Cornell Satellite Server 

    If your server uses the Cornell Satellite Server you need to take action before August 31,2018 in order to continue to receive patches. Your options include:

    Option 1 Convert to CentOS to Avoid Future Fees 

    First check that the software applications on the server do not require Red Hat for vendor support. Oracle and IBM applications typically require a Red Hat OS for full vendor support. 

    Community help is available to convert from Red Hat to CentOS at: 

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

      Option 2 Purchase a Standalone Red Hat License Subscription

      To purchase a standalone Red Hat license subscription visit https://www.redhat.com/en/store/linux-platforms and 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 RedHat Subscription Management (RHSM) Account

      If you have a RedHat Subscription Management (RHSM) account and already purchased your own subscription, you do not need to update your license. Please take a moment to confirm your system is installing patches on a regular schedule. 

      Information on installing patches on a regular schedule can be foudn at:

      Help with Red Hat Retirement

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

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      Tuesday, April 11, 2017 - 8:20am

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