RHEL Patch Repo support issue?

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Hello all. I was wondering if anyone knew if RH would support my servers is I used CentOS RPM's on RHEL. I want to put in place a repo server locally so all my systems don't have to go out to RHN. Also so I can have better control on what gets installed. But I'm worried that if I start using CentOS RPM's, RH will no longer support the base OS.

 

I looked in the forums and FAQ and this was not directly addressed as to the base OS but only to optional packages. If anyone can confirm the support availability by doing this it would be much appreciated. And as for using the sattelite service, it's cost prohibitive right now for me so I'm looking for a lower cost solution.

 

Thanks!

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Hi Unix Admin,

 

> I was wondering if anyone knew if RH would support my servers is I used CentOS

> RPM's on RHEL.

 

Red Hat's basic support stance is "If we ship it, we support it." Since, Red Hat didn't supply (or "ship") the CentOS RPMs, then those particular RPMs wouldn't be part of the scope of coverage. See <https://access.redhat.com/support/offerings/production/soc.html> for details.

 

> I want to put in place a repo server locally so all my systems don't have to go out to

> RHN. Also so I can have better control on what gets installed.

 

You can do this with the Red Hat supplied RPMs as well. The installation DVDs available on RHN actually already contain working yum repos - you can simply copy the content to your Web or FTP server and you have a working repo. All the updates are available for download directly from RHN as well. You could then populate your local repo with those update RPMs, run 'createrepo' to update the metadata, and start to pull it down on your client systems. Is there a particularly reason you needed to setup your local repo with CentOS RPMs instead of the Red Hat ones?

 

Please let me know if you have any other questions!

 

Take care,

Justin

 

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Justin I. Nevill, RHCA/RHCSS/RHCI
Technical Account Manager
Red Hat, Inc.

BTW: you could maintain both distro package sets in Yum repos pretty easily with Spacewalk (the open source version of Red Hat Satellite Server.)

http://spacewalk.redhat.com/

Phil Jensen, RHCA
Sr. Operations Engineer
Proofpoint, Inc.

Phil, 

 

Do you guys gave Spacewalk managing RHEL hosts?

I worked quite a bit with a Spacewalk deployment at a previous employer that was heavily RHEL based (some 4, but mostly 5.)

Try MREPO by Dag Wieers (http://pkgs.repoforge.org/mrepo/)

It can be configured to download updates from RHN or any source provider and make them available on your internal repository server via http.   Its very good.