Does RHEL 8 Beta have a free Developer version?

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Hi, I have RHEL 8 Beta on VMware and Windows 10 host. I just installed 8 and noticed it says a 30-day trial. I signed up for the developer account and downloaded 8. My question is, does RHEL 8 Beta have a version that will last longer than a month? I've had 7.6 before and added the developer tools and got it free for a year. So does 8 Beta have that? 1 year? My rhel 8 subscriptions page shows my developer account on the same page as my 30-day trial. So can I extend the subscription past 30 days? Developer? Reinstall 8 Beta? Please reply. Thanks

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I searched the Internet and found I have to select Developer/Test in "System Purpose" while installing. I'll report back if I need anything.

I'm back I reinstalled RHEL and registered and attached. It says Developer runs out in a year but RHEL 8 runs out next month (30 days.) Does anyone know what this means?

Hi Mike,

Beta's should not last for a year. Once RHEL 8 is GA IMHO there will be an one year subscription.

Regards,

Jan Gerrit Kootstra

Hi Mike,

As Jan Gerrit said, RHEL 8 is currently in beta state and hence cannot be compared with a normal release. Your developer subscription covers current stable releases of RHEL and your current RHEL 8 Beta subscription is meant to be for testing.

Once RHEL 8 Final gets released, you can use it with your developer subscription, right the way you are using the current
stable RHEL 7.6 edition. Well, of course only if Red Hat doesn't change the T&C's. But I think that's not going to happen. :)

Regards,
Christian

There are several things to reply to in this thread:

First, expiration:

I haven't seen any 30 day expiration for RHEL 8 Beta. Where did you encounter this? (The only 30 day expiration that I'm aware of is if you request a RHEL eval.)

Yes, you can use RHEL 8 Beta with your Red Hat Developer ID. See https://developers.redhat.com/rhel8/

Note that RHEL 8 Beta is a separate subscription/entitlement from the current RHEL products. When you click the Try RHEL 8 Beta link and agree to the T&Cs, a separate Beta subscription will be added to your account. It takes a few minutes to add it to your account but you'll be able to see it on your subscription page. https://access.redhat.com/management

If your subscription is suddenly not valid, you might need to re-register the system

I have seen the case with the beta subscription where subscription-manager status shows the subscription is no longer valid. In that case all I needed to do was

# subscription-manager unregister
# subscription-manager clean    
# subscription-manager register --auth-attach

Hi Robert,

I can confirm the procedure you describe - except for one thing : auto-attach may lead to attaching the wrong subscription. Instead execute subscription-manager attach --pool=<Beta-Subscription-Pool-ID>. :)

Regards,
Christian

Note: if your subscription expires, or the registration is no longer valid, you do NOT need to re-install

If your subscription expires, login to Red Hat Developers to renew your subscription and accept the T&Cs. See https://developers.redhat.com/articles/renew-your-red-hat-developer-program-subscription/

Wait a few minutes to make sure the renewal finishes being processed. Then re-register the system and attach to your subscription:

# subscription-manager unregister
# subscription-manager clean    
# subscription-manager register --auth-attach

Hi Robert,

Correct - but in some cases it takes/took a day (not minutes). Oh, one thing, you write "--auth-attach".
Is this a "typo" or did I miss something ? I know/used the options attach --auto or --auto-attach. :)

Regards,
Christian

Re: System Purpose -- Don't touch that during installation

There are some bugs with system purpose and Red Hat Subscription Management in RHEL 8 Beta. Don't set that.

The instructions on Red Hat Developers work * Bare metal: https://developers.redhat.com/rhel8/install-rhel8/ * VirtualBox https://developers.redhat.com/rhel8/install-rhel8-vbox/

Hi Robert,

Regarding RHEL 8 Beta issues/topics - you may want to read this discussion : RHEL 8.0 : Beta release available ... :)

Regards,
Christian

Hi, I will try all of your replies. Thanks. Here's a pic of my accounts on the website. Please take a look. I think I did request a Eval. I'll report back in a second... https://drive.google.com/open?id=1clODnx1tCPE0a_5NxUo3mwtNkwzm5dgZ

Hi Mike,

In your screenshot we can see that your Beta subscription is valid for one year ... you just have to attach that one.
The evaluation subscription is an additional "normal" subscription which you may have ordered "accidentally" ... :)

Regards,
Christian

I'm back. I tried the 3 command lines and it still says 30 days. I did use a Eval RHEL 8 so I'm downloading a new copy from the Developer page. I'm attaching screenshots of 2 subscriptions in Terminal (1 month and 1 year.) Where do I find my "Pool ID?" Maybe it's not attaching the right subscription. Thanks for all the help I know this is probably an easy question. https://drive.google.com/open?id=1kNAMcIlaOjatHcWPPyN6o_t1XC0muoD2

https://drive.google.com/open?id=1lKeSlqGmbOHev5-pGrkW-wr9VtTTBqMn

Hi Mike,

Instead of downloading from the developer portal, download the ISO file from the official Download Center. :)
https://access.redhat.com/downloads/content/486/ver=/rhel---8/8.0%20Beta/x86_64/product-software

Regards,
Christian

Hi Mike,

For your convenience, here is what you have to do. :)

sudo subscription-manager remove --all
sudo subscription-manager unregister
sudo subscription-manager clean

sudo subscription-manager register
sudo subscription-manager refresh

Now check for the Pool ID of the Beta subscription.

sudo subscription-manager list --available

Attach the valid subscription by using the specific RHEL 8 Beta Pool ID.
It should be 8a85f99b67105ae4016717e9bb1a0678 (see example below).

sudo subscription-manager attach --pool=8a85f99b67105ae4016717e9bb1a0678

Example from my current RHEL 8 Beta subscription :

sudo subscription-manager list --available
Subscription Name:   Red Hat Beta Access
Provides:            Red Hat CodeReady Linux Builder for x86_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 Resilient Storage Beta
                     Red Hat Enterprise Linux for x86_64 Beta
                     Red Hat Enterprise Linux for Real Time for NFV Beta
                     Red Hat Enterprise Linux for Real Time Beta
                     Red Hat CodeReady Linux Builder for ARM 64 Beta
                     Red Hat Enterprise Linux Fast Datapath Beta for x86_64
                     Red Hat CodeReady Linux Builder for Power, little endian Beta
                     Red Hat CodeReady Linux Builder for IBM z Systems Beta
                     Red Hat Enterprise Linux High Availability Beta
                     Red Hat Enterprise Linux for Power, little endian Beta
                     Red Hat Enterprise Linux for ARM 64 Beta
SKU:                 RH00069
Contract:            XXXXXXXX
Pool ID:             8a85f99b67105ae4016717e9bb1a0678
Provides Management: No
Available:           Unlimited
Suggested:           1
Service Level:       Self-Support
Service Type:        L1-L3
Subscription Type:   Standard
Starts:              15.11.2018
Ends:                15.11.2019
System Type:         Physical  

Regards,
Christian

Here's more from an email. I already have a developer account. It shows up in the customer portal.

"Thank you for your interest in the Red Hat Enterprise Linux 8 beta. We have reviewed your Red Hat account and determined that your account either already has an active Red Hat Enterprise Linux 8 Beta subscription or you are not currently eligible to receive the RHEL 8 Beta subscription. RHEL 8 Beta subscriptions are only available to customers who have an active subscription for a Red Hat product. However, subscriptions that will let you evaluate Red Hat Enterprise Linux 8 Beta are available at no cost by requesting a Red Hat Enterprise Linux evaluation or by joining the Red Hat Developer Program. If you are unsure whether you already have a Red Hat Enterprise Linux 8 Beta subscription, you can check by visiting the Red Hat Customer Portal, https://access.redhat.com/management/"

Hi Mike,

The content of the mail you've received is exactly what everyone else gets who subscribes to RHEL 8 Beta testing. :)

Regards,
Christian

Hi, me again. I installed my new RHEL ISO from "https://developers.redhat.com/rhel8/getrhel8/". I haven't tried registering or attaching a subscription. I want to wait till I hear back here. When I try the subscription GUI on Red Hat, I get the error:

Unable to connect Firefox can’t establish a connection to the server at localhost:9090. The site could be temporarily unavailable or too busy. Try again in a few moments. If you are unable to load any pages, check your computer’s network connection. If your computer or network is protected by a firewall or proxy, make sure that Firefox is permitted to access the Web.

*Firefox connects fine with all other webpages. I will wait to try through command line.

Hi Mike,

localhost:9090 is the connection to the Cockpit management web interface. Please follow the advice I gave you, download the DVD ISO from the official Download Center, install and register the system. Then you can connect ... :)

Regards,
Christian

No. The ISOs are all the same. You can use the checksums to verify that.

Follow the online instructions. You need to use command line subscription manager. Don't try to use the GUI subscription manager because it has been replaced with cockpit (and there is a bug there.)

Follow these instructions: https://developers.redhat.com/rhel8/install-rhel8/

Hi Robert,

Yes - using the subscription-manager CLI is recommended.
That's why I provided Mike with the commands (above) ... :)
And mostly the ISOs are equal, but sometimes they are not.

Regards,
Christian

I think it worked. 02/14/2020. It might have been fine before I was looking at the wrong Subscription name ("Red Hat Developer Subscription" is fine.) So now it's working till 2020. I'll report back or start a new discussion if I need anything. It should be fine forever. Thanks for all the help!

You're welcome, Mike ! I'm glad that you finally could achieve what you wanted. :)

Regards,
Christian