Is there any way to migrate from desktop edition to workstation ?

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I have an old installed base of desktop edition machines ( running on vmware for hardware independance ), using this software:
subscription-manager list
Installed Product Status
Product Name: Red Hat Enterprise Linux Desktop
Product ID: 68
Version: 6.6
Arch: x86_64
Status: Not Subscribed
Status Details: Not supported by a valid subscription.

Recently I 'upgraded' my licenses to workstation licenses wanting to be able to use more CPU and RAM for a bit higher workloads.
Imagine my surprise when I now no longer am able to patch the machines since I have the wrong kind of licenses.
Complete reinstall is not really a good way to go as a change in opreating system may force us to certify our own products again.

In case I do have a reinstall, what would be the easiest way to do that, given that I want to have a mirror image of the existing desktop machine, but with workstation packages ?



Hi Tommy,

Try the instructions from

Regards, Radek

Thanks Radek, I will try that one, as that looks promising. Regards, ¨Tommy

how comes i cannot access the solution 1386673? i have subscription and already logged in.

Michelle, technically, the instructions from the original article worked, but the whole concept of switching product is in fact unsupported. Consequently, the article is no longer available to customers. Please see instead.

Since the Desktop is no longer availible and many customers have to renewal their Desktop Sub as Workstation an upgrade path or migration path is needed urgently.

Hi Matthias,

I suggest to open a support case, as the last mentioned url points to migration of workstation to server. You and others look for desktop to workstation.


Jan Gerrit Kootstra

Hello Jan, yes, I had a few questions about a desktop to workstation migration. Customer support advised a customer to renew their desktop subscription, but that subscription is no longer available in the EMEA price list. I think we need an official solution for this case.

Hello Matthias,

tech support is the place to go, if you have a standard or premium subscription.

I have never used Desktop or Workstation subscriptions.

IMHO Customer support is a sales desk, not a tech support desk


Jan Gerrit

Hi Jan thank you for your support. But I think also we need an solution for an problem which was created in August 2019. Maybe there are a few Desktop installations out there to migrate to Workstation. I hope tech support will post an migration path.

Hi Matthias,

you're welcome.

the more customers ask for a migration plan the greater chance one will be published


Jan Gerrit