How can a RHEL Self-Support / Entry Level subscription be used?

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  • How can a Red Hat Enterprise Linux Self-Support or Entry Level subscription be used ?

  • What support and privileges does self-support subscription provide ?

  • What's the difference between a Self-Support and Entry Level subscription?


  • Red Hat Enterprise Linux


There are two orderable product SKUs available:

  • RH00005 - Red Hat Enterprise Linux Server Entry Level, Self-support
    This SKU should be used for all newly placed orders.

  • RH0197181 - Red Hat Enterprise Linux Server, Self-support (1-2 sockets) (Up to 1 guest)
    This SKU is currently in the process of being retired with RH00005 as a replacement. For all new sales or renewals, please use the replacement SKU.

The following table summarizes information that is stated in the current Red Hat Enterprise Agreement - Appendix 1 - Subscription Services:

Product SKU RH00005 RH0197181
Max number of Processor Sockets 2
(not stackable)
(not stackable)
Available Add-Ons Smart Management Only Smart Management Only
Virtualization (when used as a host):
Virtual instances (Included/Max Supported)
0/0 1/1
Virtualization (when used as a guest):
Max number of Allowed vCPUs
0 0
Can be ordered with Technical Account Management ("TAM") service offerings? NO NO

Please refer to the Production SLA page, which details the differences between the service levels of the production subscriptions.

Both subscriptions provide:

  • An entitlement to register RHEL system on Customer Portal.

  • Complete access to package updates and errata links.

  • Access to our Knowledgebase articles/Portal Discussion Groups/Magazines.

  • User can open support ticket for issues related to RHN update/registration or issues related to yum update.

  • This subscription does not bring support on any Operating System related issue. User may look for the resolution in our Knowledgebase articles or can discuss it over portal groups with respective domain experts. But there is no SLA for discussing issues over Portal Groups, since it is not a part of Service Level Agreement.


  • Subscription Services are provided for Software only when used for its supported purpose (“Use Case”). If you use or deploy the Software in a manner contrary to a supported Use Case, you are responsible for purchasing the appropriate Subscription(s) to cover such usage.

  • Basic support is no longer available for sale. If you still have a Basic contract, your SLA remains at 2 business days for web support until its expiration date.

  • Please refer to your Red Hat sales associate for full rules for Self-Support subscriptions to be used with TAM service offerings.


How do I download the software when I have a self support contract ?

tsimpsonuk: The same way with any other subscription - via Red Hat Network. Refer to the following link that will provide the RHEL ISOs: Feel free to start a discussion on the Online User Groups ( to continue this dialogue!

I had just purchased a Red hat Standard Subscription for three years. Would like update my server without internet connection. Is it feasible to do so? how? Pls explain.

With support, you can investigate the following:

Or you can use a satellite server as an enterprise solution.

how to update this server?

Nasdo Goa, in order to update without an internet connection, you would have to download the packages from a machine that IS connected, and burn them to a dvd, and physically move them over after creating a local repo. See the following solution:

Red Hat Enterprise Linux Server Entry Level vs Red Hat Enterprise Linux Server

What is the differences of this two?
Is Red Hat Enterprise Linux Server Entry Level can creat virtual destop/server/host ?

Is there any way to install development libraries with a self support subscription? For example, yum install readline-devel doesn't work.

Hi Support,

Where can I log a case for RHEL logging issue?

Hi I'm using kvm on RHEL 7.5 My VM's loose network connectivity when I do "virsh net-destroy default" and then "virsh net-start default" Only when I reboot the kvm server network connectivity is restored to my VM's. Is this a bug? Can I avoid having to reboot the kvm server? thx JoshR

What is the price?

hello, i have a redhat instance in gcp. this instance needs to be cis benchmarked with level 1 and level 2 (later). to be benchmarked it has to be able to have a password on reboot. basically, i needs to prevent a reboot on coming up. on rebooting it should stop request a root login and an specific password (not root, but one that is set with grub2-setpassword hash). Can u pls tell me how can i achieve this. I have looked into the redhat knowledsge based, but even on doing the grub2-setpassword -. which creates the users.cfg, and making a grub2-mkconfig -o /boot/efi/EFI/redhat/grub.cfg it does not stop the boot, and ends up with the regular console prompt. I do access the instance via console - console login . thank you for your help ./a/.