Comparison of Red Hat Enterprise Linux Desktop and Workstation versions

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This article shows differences between the versions of Red Hat Enterprise Linux Desktop and Workstation.

Red Hat Enterprise Linux Single User Products
  Workstation Client
Desktop architecture support
x86, 32-bit RHEL5 and RHEL6 RHEL5 and RHEL6
x86, 64-bit RHEL5, RHEL6 and RHEL7 RHEL5, RHEL6, and RHEL7
Desktop support limits as defined by Red Hat Enterprise Linux product subscription
Maximum physical CPUs/sockets1 2 1
Maximum memory Unlimited 16 GB
Maximum virtualized guests/instances2,3 1 1
Available with Red Hat Software Collections and Red Hat Developer Toolset4 Yes No
Included Red Hat Network modules Update, Management, and Provisioning modules

Notes:

  1. Red Hat defines physical CPUs equivalently to sockets, so a multicore and/or hyperthreading CPU is counted as a single socket when determining which subscription to purchase.
  2. Using the virtualization technology included with Red Hat Enterprise Linux.
  3. A Red Hat Enterprise Linux Workstation with up to 4 guests is available.
  4. Red Hat Software Collections and Red Hat Developer Toolset not available with Self-Support subscriptions.

22 Comments

What about RHEL7? Has the maximum memory for Client/Desktop been increased?

Michael,

Thanks for the question. I've asked the article author to verify and update the article as required.

Hi, I can install 2 or more VMs in the RHEL7 Workstation (KVM)?

You can install 4 VMs if you have the correct product SKU. All others are 1 VM only in single-user environments (not a server environment).

Thanks Andrius!

Can I run workstation for a repository server and as a test server when patching? This server will be an a VM rather than a physical server. This will be used by only the Admins and would not be serving any applications i.e. database or webserver.

Thanks

Is it sure for maximum memory limit for workstation is unlimited, As per RHEL technologies capability document #907863 that it has supported up to 6TB on RHEL7.1 with x86_64 bit architecture. Previous versions of Red Hat Enterprise Linux 7 (i.e. Red Hat Enterprise Linux 7.0) support up to 3TB of RAM.

RHEL Workstation does not impose any limits on the maximum amount of memory. General RHEL7 memory maximums apply to all RHEL variants, including Workstation. So one should not try to exceed RHEL memory maximums.

I understand and agreed with you Brian, However i suppose workstation support limits of RAM as defined by Red Hat Enterprise Linux product subscription should not be unlimited. It should be changed from unlimited to some value like 1 TB or 3TB.

Hello,

we should also mention that comps groups are slightly different on each variant and this reflects package sets. Generally speaking Client is subset of Workstation from comps point of view. Server related groups and generally development are not available on Client.

Lubos
rel-eng

Thanks Lubos. We were wondering about the package sets.

We will probably open up a support case if we have any more questions.

Where exactly do you download the ISO for RHEL 7 Workstation edition? It's very unclear on your site.

I agree. I can find RHEL 7 server very easily.

Can I use the Nessus client on the client version and then upload the data to the Security Center.

I have "Red Hat Enterprise Linux Workstation, Self-support" (SKU: RH0986300), and subscription-manager list --all states that it Provides "Red Hat Software Collections Beta (for RHEL Workstation)" (but not regular Red Hat Software Collections.) Is this an oversight?

I think "Red Hat Enterprise Linux Client" doesn't exist anymore, maybe has been replaced by "Red Hat Enterprise Linux Desktop".

Also to note for the people using Satellite, you have one more benefit:

RHEL Desktop and Workstation includes the Smart Management Add-On. There is no need for the customer to purchase this Add-On separately. No other Add-On is available for purchase for a RHEL Desktop or Workstation subscription.

Also you can see some more detailed information at -> https://www.redhat.com/en/files/resources/en-rhel-7-desktops-12006017.pdf

I think "Red Hat Enterprise Linux Client" doesn't exist anymore, maybe has been replaced by "Red Hat Enterprise Linux Desktop".

Also to note for the people using Satellite, you have one more benefit:

RHEL Desktop and Workstation includes the Smart Management Add-On. There is no need for the customer to purchase this Add-On separately. No other Add-On is available for purchase for a RHEL Desktop or Workstation subscription.

Also you can see some more detailed information at -> https://www.redhat.com/en/files/resources/en-rhel-7-desktops-12006017.pdf

I have 20 GB RAM (Build) so will red hat desktop (costs 50 dollar) wont use the full 20 GB RAM instead use only 16 GB ?

The RHEL Desktop will use the full 20G. We recommend that systems that large use RHEL Workstation.

But the article says desktop maximum memory 16 G and workstation is unlimited ?

You are reading too much into the chart. Desktop/Client is recommended for small systems 16G or less. For large workstations, we recommend Workstation. There are no physical memory restrictions.

Ok thanks :)