Red Hat Satellite 5 to Satellite 6 Transition FAQ

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This article addresses the frequently asked questions for transitioning from Red Hat Satellite 5 to Red Hat Satellite 6.


Red Hat Satellite 6 (GA as of September 10, 2014) is the next major release of the Red Hat Satellite product family. Red Hat Satellite 5 will continue to be supported until its EOL (see Important Changes Coming to Red Hat Satellite 5). A fully supported transition path including documentation and tooling is available. This FAQ aims to answer questions related to transitioning from Red Hat Satellite 5 to Satellite 6.

Q: Is it an in-place upgrade or do I need to install Satellite 6 on a new server?

A: The underlying technologies between Satellite 5 and 6 are significantly different, so the in-place upgrade process (such as for versions 4.x->5.x or 5.x->5.y) does not apply for version 5->6. Satellite 6 needs to be installed on a new server as part of the side-by-side transition process. Hence, we call this a transition process and not an upgrade process.

Q: Which versions of Satellite 5.x are supported for the transition?

A: The transition path begins with Satellite 5.6. So for customers running a previous version of Satellite 5, they will first need to upgrade to version 5.6, 5.7 or 5.8.

  • Upon future releases of Satellite 6.x (6.3, 6.4 etc.), Red Hat will also support those versions as a platform for moving to Satellite 6

NOTE: if you plan a more passive transition process the prior Satellite 5 version doesn't matter. A passive transition process is more of an adoption process, where legacy workloads remain on Satellite 5 and new workloads are created on Satellite 6, as a separate or parallel platform.

Q: Which versions of RHEL will Satellite 5 and Satellite 6 support as client systems?


RHEL client system support Red Hat Satellite 5 Red Hat Satellite 6
RHEL 7 Satellite 5.6, 5.7 or 5.8 only Yes
RHEL 6 Yes RHEL 6.1+ only
RHEL 5 Yes RHEL 5.7+ only

Q: Give me the quick version, how will customers transition from Satellite 5 to 6?


  1. Obtain 1-year Transition Subscriptions. [1]
  2. Install Satellite 6, activate with a Manifest and sync RHEL content from CDN
    • Learn and understand the basics of the new Satellite 6 product, including new concepts, such as environments.
    • Back up the new Satellite 6 databases before using the tooling.
  3. As root on Satellite 5, run the exporter command line tool.
    • Copy the resulting data onto Satellite 6
  4. As root on Satellite 6, run the importer command line tool. [2]
  5. Validate and test the resulting Satellite 6 system for end to end functionality and use-cases of importance to the customer.

[1] This landing page provides more details on the overall process, as well as steps to request Transition Subscriptions: Transitioning from Red Hat Satellite 5 to Satellite 6

[2] NOTE: since not all of the concepts can be translated between Satellite 5 and Satellite 6, some manual steps will also need to be taken to fully populate the newly installed Satellite 6 server.

Q: Are disconnected Satellites supported for the transition?

A: Yes, the transition tooling is designed such that disconnected mode is assumed, and neither Satellite 5 nor 6 can directly communicate with each other or the internet in general.

Q: Where do I get more information?

A: More information can be found here (more to come):

You can also contact Red Hat support.


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