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Red Hat Retirement Information

This article applies to: Software Licensing


Dates important to holders of Red Hat license on campus:

  • March 31, 2017: Red Hat retired Red Hat Enterprise 5 (RHEL5)
  • July 30, 2017: Red Hat is retiring the Red Hat Network Classic Hosted (RHN Hosted) service. This impacts 297 servers using Cornell's Red Hat proxy server to pull update patches.
  • August 31, 2018: Cornell's Red Hat Satellite Server will no longer be available
  • August 31, 2018: Cornell's Red Hat self-support site license will no longer be available

CIT is making the recommendation that everyone with a Red Hat Enterprise 5 server upgrade to a newer version of CentOS or Red Hat so they can continue to receive security patches and bug fixes. Unfortunately, Red Hat has changed their subscription process and costing structure and many RHEL5 and RHEL 6 servers will also have to migrate off Cornell's proxy server. If you have any questions please contact the IT Service Desk at itservicedesk@cornell.edu.

With these changes in license administration and the projected numbers of Red Hat servers on campus in a year, it does not support the cost of the site license going forward. Cornell's site license is a self-support license that does not offer any technical support and it's value lies in the patches it provides. CentOS is free, binary compatible to Red Hat, and offers the same set of patches to the Linux Community.  

Red Hat Enterprise Linux 5 Options

Visit the Red Hat Enterprise Linux 5 Options page, for information on available options for you.

Red Hat Enterprise Linux 6 or 7 Options

Visit the Red Hat Enterprise Linux 6 or 7 page, for information on available options for you.

Cost of Red Hat License

Information on cost of Red Hat license can be found at:   https://www.redhat.com/en/store/linux-platforms

CIT's Plan to use CentOS and Red Hat

CIT will use CentOS for servers that do not require Red Hat for application support. Oracle and IBM applications typically require a Red Hat OS for full vendor support.  As of August 31, 2018 CIT anticipates needing 20-30 Red Hat licenses with all the other servers converted to CentOS.  

How to Convert a Server from Red Hat to CentOS

Approximately 13 commands. Community help is available by contributors at  https://wiki.centos.org/HowTos/MigrationGuide  and https://www.pickysysadmin.ca/2014/07/15/how-to-convert-rhel-6-x-to-centos-6-x/

How Servers Will Get Patches if it is in 10 Space

The CentOS patching server and the Red Hat Subscription Service is available through Transproxy for servers in 10 space.

Comparison of CentOS to Red Hat

One opinion can be found at: http://unix.stackexchange.com/questions/27323/is-centos-exactly-the-same-as-rhel

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 - 2:30pm

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