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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.

Important Red Hat Retirement Dates
  • 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.

Register for a License

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).

Download Software

If you already have Cornell's RedHat installed and are using the RHEL Proxy Server, you do not have to download and reinstall the RedHat software. Register for a License to receive a new activation key move and on to the section Configure your software to use the Satellite Server.

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. 

You will need the activation key from your license to continue see Register for a License
  1. Login to the RHEL machine as root.
  2. Download this archive (cornell-rhn-key.tgz) and run the provided script. 
  3. 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.

  4. After the system is activated, run  "yum update"  to obtain the latest RHEL updates from the Satellite Server.


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