Introducing the new Red Hat Enterprise Linux Beta experience

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What’s changed and why?

Previously, access to Red Hat Enterprise Linux Betas required an explicit beta subscription, which provided short-term access to beta software. After a review of this process, it was decided that this workflow could be simplified by no longer requiring an end user to explicitly request access to Red Hat Enterprise Linux Betas.

As of September 15th, 2021, Red Hat has changed the Red Hat Enterprise Linux beta subscription process so that end users no longer are required to sign up to gain access to a RHEL Beta.

What does this look like?

All Red Hat accounts will now be provided with an unlimited quantity of RH00069 - Red Hat Beta Access subscriptions.

The start date of these subscriptions will be September 15th, 2021 or in the case of an account whose first subscription was created after September 15th, 2021, the start date of the subscription will match the start date of the first subscriptions added to the account.

The end date of these subscriptions will match (and will always match) the end date of your future-most Red Hat subscription.

Example:
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In this example, we can see that the account has an unlimited quantity of Red Hat Beta Access entitlements.

How do I?

Q: Download Red Hat Enterprise Linux beta installation media.

A: From the overhauled Red Hat Enterprise Beta page when the RHEL Betas are announced.

Q: Connect a Red Hat Enterprise Linux beta system?

A : Are you using Simple Content Access? If not, consider enabling the new Red Hat Subscription Experience.

Registering a system to Red Hat

With Simple Content Access.

After installation and logging as a root user, run the following

 subscription-manager register 

Or if you are using activation keys

  subscription-manager register --activationkey

Without Simple Content Access

  subscription-manager register 
  subscription-manager attach --pool=$(subscription-manager list --all --matches ‘Red Hat Beta Access’ --pool-only)

FAQ

Q: What happens to the Beta subscription at renewal time?

A: When subscriptions are added to an account the end/expiry date of the beta subscription is extended automatically to match the end-date of the now renewed subscriptions. This behavior is true in the following scenarios (as examples):

  • A customer renewing subscriptions
  • A partner being granted a 'not-for-resale(NFR)' subscription
  • true-ups
  • cotermination of subscriptions.

    The end date of the beta subscription will always match that of the futuremost subscription on the account.

Q: Previously, it was required to request beta subscriptions. Is that still required?

A: No. This implementation makes it so that explicitly requesting beta subscriptions is no longer required.

Q: Does this process grant access to ALL Red Hat Enterprise Linux Beta content:

A: This RH00069 subscription provides access to the following products:

Red Hat Enterprise Linux for SAP HANA for x86_64 Beta
Red Hat Enterprise Linux Fast Datapath Beta for x86_64
Red Hat Enterprise Linux for Power, little endian Beta
Red Hat Enterprise Linux for ARM 64 Beta
Red Hat Enterprise Linux for IBM z Systems Beta
Red Hat Enterprise Linux Fast Datapath Beta for Power, little endian
Red Hat Enterprise Linux for x86_64 Beta
Red Hat Enterprise Linux High Availability Beta
Red Hat Enterprise Linux Resilient Storage Beta
Red Hat CodeReady Linux Builder for x86_64 Beta
Red Hat CodeReady Linux Builder for Power, little endian Beta
Red Hat CodeReady Linux Builder for ARM 64 Beta
Red Hat CodeReady Linux Builder for IBM z Systems Beta
Red Hat Enterprise Linux for Real Time Beta
Red Hat Enterprise Linux for Real Time for NFV Beta
Red Hat Enterprise Linux Advanced Virtualization (for RHEL Server for IBM System Z)
Red Hat Enterprise Linux Advanced Virtualization Beta (for RHEL Server for IBM System Z)
Red Hat Enterprise Linux for SAP HANA for Power, little endian Beta
Red Hat Enterprise Linux for SAP Applications for x86_64 Beta
Red Hat Enterprise Linux for SAP Applications for Power, little endian Beta
Red Hat Enterprise Linux for SAP Applications for IBM z Systems Beta
Red Hat Directory Server Beta
Red Hat Certificate System Beta

Additional products are likely to be added over time.

7 Comments

That's a huge improvement ! Thanks a lot for making RHEL Beta testing a painless experience. :)

Regards,
Christian

Does RHEL Developer Subscription give access to "RH00069 - Red Hat Beta Access"?

Hi Andrey,

If you have a Developer subscription, a dedicated Red Hat Beta Access subscription will be added automatically to your account. :)

Regards,
Christian

Hello! I have a Developer subscription but Beta Access is still missing.

Hi Andrey,

You can contact the Red Hat Customer Service team and ask them to add the Beta subscription to your account. :)

Regards,
Christian

Be advised that subscriptions are currently (as of the date of this post - 19-Sep) still being added to previously existing accounts.

Also, there isn't a currently active RHEL beta, so the course of action here is to simply wait. The subscriptions will be added in the next few days. (and well in advance of the next RHEL beta).

Lastly, yes, your RHEL Developer subscription will grant you access to RHEL betas.

Thanks much for your explanation and the information, Rich ! :)

Regards,
Christian