Red Hat Enterprise Linux (RHEL) Licensing
This article applies to: Software Licensing
Red Hat Enterprise Linux is an open-source operating system. Cornell University has a contract with the vendor to automatically provide system updates and patches through a local RHEL Satellite server.
- March 31, 2017: Red Hat retired Red Hat Enterprise 5 (RHEL5)
- July 30, 2017: Red Hat is retired the Red Hat Network Classic Hosted (RHN Hosted) service. This impacted 297 servers using Cornell's Red Hat proxy server to pull update patches.
- August 31, 2019: Cornell's Red Hat Satellite Server will no longer be available.
- August 31, 2019: Cornell's Red Hat self-support site license will no longer be available.
For more information visit the Red Hat Retirement Information page.
Cornell's Red Hat Enterprise Linux (RHEL) license is available to current Cornell staff, faculty, and students.
The license fees for this product are currently paid centrally, and there is no fee for the software at this time.
Please visit the following website to register for a license for Cornell's RHEL Satellite Server:
Cornell Site-License for RedHat Enterprise Linux (RHEL) (this form available on-campus and via CUVPN).
Cornell faculty, staff, and graduate students can download RHEL software locally from the links below.
The software is in ISO format. If you are unfamiliar with the ISO format, please see this online guide: How To Work With ISO Files.
Red Hat Enterprise Linux version 7.2
RHEL 7.2 Client (64-bit)
RHEL 7.2 Workstation (64-bit)
RHEL 7.2 Server (64-bit)
Red Hat Enterprise Linux version 7.1
RHEL 7.1 Client (64-bit)
RHEL 7.1 Workstation (64-bit)
RHEL 7.1 Server (64-bit)
Red Hat Enterprise Linux version 7.0
RHEL 7.0 Client (64-bit)
RHEL 7.0 Workstation (64-bit)
RHEL 7.0 Server (64-bit)
Red Hat Enterprise Linux version 6.5
RHEL 6.5 Client 32-bit:
RHEL 6.5 Client 64-bit:
RHEL 6.5 Workstation 32-bit:
RHEL 6.5 Workstation 64-bit:
RHEL 6.5 Server 32-bit:
RHEL 6.5 Server 64-bit:
Red Hat Enterprise Linux version 6.4
RHEL 6.4 Client 32-bit:
RHEL 6.4 Client 64-bit:
RHEL 6.4 Workstation 32-bit:
RHEL 6.4 Workstation 64-bit:
RHEL 6.4 Server 32-bit:
RHEL 6.4 Server 64-bit
Older releases can be made available upon request. Please contact us if you need an older version.
Configure your Software to use Cornell's Satellite Server
If this is a newly installed machine, you will be asked to enter your Red Hat Network account login information to activate the machine. Please bypass this Red Hat Network account-based activation process by first selecting the "Tell me why I need to register and provide a Red Hat login" option followed by the "I cannot complete registration at this time. Remind me later." option on the next screen.
- Login to the RHEL machine as root.
- Download this archive (cornell-rhn-key.tgz) and run the provided install.sh script.
Enter the activation key when prompted
% tar zxvf cornell-rhn-key.tgz
% cd cornell-rhn-key
Cornell University Red Hat Network Setup Utility
To use this program you must FIRST OBTAIN an activation key from Cornell Computer Science Computer Facilities Support.
This utility MUST be run from a root shell, if you are not in a root shell, quit (CRTL-C) and start this from a root shell.
If you have a code, type or cut/paste it in. You Must Provide a code to continue.
- After the system is activated, run "yum update" to obtain the latest RHEL updates from the Satellite Server.