Red Hat Evaluation FAQ

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What is an Evaluation? How is a Red Hat Evaluation different from a traditional licensed software trial?

Red Hat Evaluations offer all of the benefits included in a Red Hat subscription. However, Red Hat Evaluations are more than just access to the latest code. They provide access to all versions of software, access to patches and other software updates, as well as access to Red Hat's award-winning digital platform, the Red Hat Customer Portal.

May I run Evaluation software in a production environment?

Per the Terms and Conditions that customers must accept prior to gaining access to their Evaluation software, Evaluations are not intended for production environments. Customers using Evaluations in a production environment are in violation of these terms and may be reported to the compliance team for further action.

Do Red Hat Evaluations come with support? How do I know if my Evaluation has support?

Some Evaluations offer a level of support while others are self-supported (unsupported). There are several ways to determine the support level of your Evaluation:

  1. In the Evaluation name (i.e. - 30 Day Self Support Red Hat Directory Server Evaluation). You may find this on the Welcome email sent when the evaluation began.
  2. On the Subscriptions page in the Customer Portal
  3. By contacting sales or customer service

Users with self-supported Evaluations have access to all product documentation as well as the vast Red Hat knowledgebase.

How do I download my Evaluation?

Once your Evaluation is active, the software may be downloaded from the Downloads section of the Customer Portal.

How long does an Evaluation last?

The duration of Evaluations vary. In general, they range from 30 to 90 days but exceptions may be made at the discretion of Sales and Customer Service based on the needs of the user.

What technologies can I evaluate through this program?

Virtually all Red Hat technologies are available for an Evaluation. A listing of available evaluations can be found on the
Red Hat Customer Portal. If an evaluation is available for a given technology, you will see this noted in the "Evaluate" column. If there is a technology you'd like to evaluate that is not listed, please contact Red Hat Sales.

Why do I need to consult with a sales representative to obtain certain Evaluations?

There are several reasons you may need to consult with a sales representative to obtain an Evaluation:

  1. When requesting more than one Evaluation
  2. When an Evaluation is not available via the web
  3. When requesting multiple Evaluations as part of a bundled SKU
  4. When the Evaluation requires additional approvals before being activated

Contact Red Hat Sales to evaluate these technologies.

Can I renew the Evaluation after it has expired?

There are limitations to how many Evaluations are allowed for each product over a given time period. If you need to extend your Evaluation or request more, please contact Red Hat Sales.

I’d like to use the Evaluation software after my Evaluation has expired, or I’d like to use the software in a production environment. What are my options?

  • Purchase a subscription
  • Renew the Evaluation after the expiry grace period has ended
  • Contact Red Hat Sales to determine if the Evaluation can be renewed sooner or if a similar Evaluation is available


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It is really not understandable... What append at trial expiration, how to pass from trial to production? ...


+1 Gilles Bernard. Where's the "easy button" to get a single instance licensed? You don't seem to sell subscriptions on Amazon, and there are MANY SKUs on (but none of them are cheap). Still looking for the easy button, and thinking maybe I should just forget about it an work with Debian...

If you're looking for where to request an evaluation, look for the "start an evaluation" link for the product you're looking for here Red Hat does sell on-demand RHEL subscriptions via AWS and you can also take an existing RHEL sub over and use it on Amazon via Cloud Access.

I have another project to finish before I can begin this evaluation. Should I close my account until I have the time to begin this? Shouldn't this evaluation time frame begin after I've downloaded the OS and installed it?

If I understand this, I must pay a fee to begin this evaluation when I have the time? Else if I can begin now there is no fee?

Hi David, when you request a product eval and it is granted, that is when the clock starts, so to speak. You have to request and be granted the eval subscription before you are able to download the software. Our evals are free, and are just like a regular subscription (same software). The only differences are that the timeframe and support is limited, and you may only use the software in non-production environments.

Hello, After we are done with an EVAL and want to regularise the same by purchasing a full version, do we have to just insert the new key or do we need to do a format re-install again? Thanks/DP

since I am doing an eval of the product and experiencing system issues I need to be able to rebuild/reinstall the server multiple times. Can't find how to release the subscription from the server we just deleted so I can't proceed.

How the heck are you supposed to test if you can't see which system is using the license and can't delete it from inventory?

For other so called "Systems Admins" who dont RTFM

subscription-manager list

subscription-manager --help

subscription-manager remove --all <== will remove subscription from system

subscription-manager unregister <== will unregister the system

Is the evaluation software same as production version? I download a evaluation copy of Linux server, my intention is to use the same downloaded DVD to build production once my subscription activated.

Yes, its is the exact same software. The only difference is that with an eval you are limited in how you can use it.

hello, I'm professor in a french school of electrical engineering. I currently tried to compare the various linux distributions. I'm a bit disappointed to find nothing about academic conditions. Thanks Best regards

What is the default logon to the rhevm 4.0 evaluation appliance?

I signed up for the rhel developer suite/license. This page's last update may have been before the new rhel developer license/suite was setup. What needs to be clarified is if the developer license has a set expiration date.

Please see #11 here

I just started eval on RHEL 7.3. Downloaded image, installed OS and registered subscription . Tried to install Openstack single node : Followed all the steps but got these errors: sudo subscription-manager repos --enable=rhel-7-server-rpms --enable=rhel-7-server-extras-rpms --enable=rhel-7-server-rh-common-rpms --enable=rhel-ha-for-rhel-7-server-rpms --enable=rhel-7-server-openstack-11-rpms Error: 'rhel-ha-for-rhel-7-server-rpms' does not match a valid repository ID. Use "subscription-manager repos --list" to see valid repositories. Error: 'rhel-7-server-openstack-11-rpms' does not match a valid repository ID. Use "subscription-manager repos --list" to see valid repositories. Repository 'rhel-7-server-rpms' is enabled for this system. Repository 'rhel-7-server-extras-rpms' is enabled for this system. Repository 'rhel-7-server-rh-common-rpms' is enabled for this system.

The repo rhel-7-server-openstack-11-rpms doesn't exist, however rhel-7-server-openstack-11-tools-rpms does . Am I missing something?

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Once the evaluation has finished, then I can buy a subscription and turn the evaluation into production environment?

Yes. Please visit the Red Hat Web Store or contact Red Hat Sales

Im looking for iso of rhel 6.8 a long while to download... it isn't possible yo download in this port... what can i do to download???

Can I use Evaluation subscription to update one cluster with 3 servers ?


I got following "We noticed that your Red Hat Login uses a personal email address. We're sorry, but users must have an enterprise or business email address to obtain product evaluations.." Is any way to get copy without enterprise or business email address? I just started with RHCSA course and I'm using CentOS right now. Want to see how "original" looks like. I have corporate Google mail, but I don't want to use it for registrations outside company and my private things.

Thanks in advance, Ante

Want to get RHOSP from this website

so good i want to download something



This did not tell me how to take an evaluation subscription to a full subscription

hi this will be us full to leaner

i wan to download rhel 7.3 workstation