RHN Classic Hosted/stand-alone Proxy Customer Options for Red Hat Enterprise Linux 7 (RHEL 7)

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Red Hat Enterprise Linux 7 is only available through the Red Hat Subscription Management tools, or via Red Hat Satellite 5.6 and newer. Customers using Red Hat Network (RHN) Classic Hosted or stand-alone Red Hat Satellite Proxy (without Red Hat Satellite 5.6 or 5.7) will not be able to access RHEL7. This article provides options for these customers.

Red Hat Enterprise Linux 7 is only available through the Red Hat Subscription Management tools or via Red Hat Satellite 5.6 or 5.7. Customers managing client systems by directly connecting to Red Hat Network (RHN) Classic Hosted or indirectly through an RHN connected Red Hat Satellite Proxy (i.e. without Red Hat Satellite) will not be able to access RHEL 7. This article provides options for these customers.

Red Hat Subscription Management

Red Hat continues to invest in applications and functionality that provide our customers more flexibility and control in realizing the value of their subscription. Red Hat Subscription Management provides full subscription management life-cycle support (see Benefits of Red Hat Subscription Management for more information) and delegates system, content, virtualization, and application management to tools better suited and specialized for those tasks; such as Red Hat Satellite. This differs from Red Hat Classic Hosted where some layers of subscription, system, and content management functionality was provided, but none of the layers provided an end-to-end solution. The emphasis on Subscription Management provides a clear line of functionality included in a subscription.

In the diagram below, the layers of subscription, system, and content management of RHN Classic Hosted have been aligned into the tools/functionality provided with subscription (Customer Portal or Subscription Asset Manager) and the tools/functionality provided thru subscription (Red Hat Satellite 5). Note that Satellite 5.6 and 5.7 can be integrated with SAM 1.3+ to provide a bridge between the RHN Classic and RHSM paradigms of subscription management.



Registration Changes and RHEL 7 Content Access

RHSM tools use a different client tool (subscription-manager) than RHN Classic or Red Hat Satellite 5 (rhn_register). Note: Satellite 5.6 and 5.7 customers will continue to use the same rhn client tooling.
In earlier versions of RHEL, rhn_register was the default registration client for RHEL systems. When RHSM tools became available, the user was given the choice to register with either RHN Classic of RHSM. Eventually subscription-manager became the default registration tool. With RHEL 7 subscription-manager is the only supported system client unless using Satellite 5.6 or 5.7.

Thus customers using RHN Classic Hosted or stand-alone Red Hat Proxy (Proxy server connected to RHN Classic Hosted instead of Satellite 5.6 or 5.7 server) will not be able to access RHEL 7 content or manage RHEL 7 client systems. Red Hat Satellite 5 customers will be able to access RHEL 7 content if upgraded to Satellite 5.6 or 5.7. Red Hat Satellite Proxy can be used in combination with Red Hat Satellite 5.6 or 5.7 to serve RHEL 7 content.

Customers using Red Hat Subscription Management Customer Portal or Subscription Asset Manager (SAM) will have access to RHEL 7 (as will Satellite 6.0 customers once Satellite 6.0 releases).



RHN Classic Hosted Options and future upgrade paths

As mentioned, Red Hat continues to invest in applications and functionality that provide our customers more flexibility and control in realizing the value of their subscription and managing the entire product base of Red Hat’s offerings. Red Hat also realizes that change is a very disruptive activity to their customers.

RHN Classic Hosted or stand-alone Proxy customers may migrate to the RHSM tools or the may keep both systems active - RHN Classic to support their legacy systems/releases, and RHSM or Satellite 5.6/5.7 for the newer Red Hat products.

Customers moving from RHN Classic to RHSM have several options to cover the functionality they require in their operating environment. The diagram below provides insight into the migration options available for RHN Classic Hosted and stand-alone Proxy customers, as well as, the assurance that there are upgrade paths available to Red Hat’s subscription management and system tools.



Focus on functionality for Red Hat Network Classic Customers

For Red Hat Network Classic customers focused on the difference between the Red Hat Network Classic and Red Hat Subscription Management feature capabilities. Please see the table below and the article https://access.redhat.com/site/node/63269 for additional information on the differences between RHN Classic and Red Hat Subscription Management.



Resources:

Additional Documentation and Articles

  1. Benefits of Red Hat Subscriptions
  2. Benefits of Red Hat Subscription Management
  3. Overview of Red Hat Subscription Management
  4. Red Hat Subscription Management Guide
  5. What's the difference between RHN Classic and Red Hat Subscription Management?
  6. Red Hat Satellite 5.7 documentation

RHEL Systems Registration Guide

  • This document is part of a collection covering RHEL System Registration.
    • If this is not the right solution for your registration needs or;
    • If you wish to make a different registration choice;

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