Chapter 2. Obtaining a manifest file

You can obtain a subscription manifest in the Subscription Allocations section of Red Hat Subscription Management. After you obtain a subscription allocation, you can download its manifest file and upload it to activate Ansible Automation Platform.

To begin, login to the Red Hat Customer Portal using your administrator user account and follow the procedures in this section.

2.1. Create a subscription allocation

Creating a new subscription allocation allows you to set aside subscriptions and entitlements for a system that is currently offline or air-gapped. This is necessary before you can download its manifest and upload it to Ansible Automation Platform.

Procedure

  1. From the Subscription Allocations page, click New Subscription Allocation.
  2. Enter a name for the allocation so that you can find it later.
  3. Select Type: Satellite 6.8 as the management application.
  4. Click Create.

2.2. Adding subscriptions to a subscription allocation

Once an allocation is created, you can add the subscriptions you need for Ansible Automation Platform to run properly. This step is necessary before you can download the manifest and add it to Ansible Automation Platform.

Procedure

  1. From the Subscription Allocations page, click on the name of the Subscription Allocation to which you would like to add a subscription.
  2. Click the Subscriptions tab.
  3. Click Add Subscriptions.
  4. Enter the number of Ansible Automation Platform Entitlement(s) you plan to add.
  5. Click Submit.

Verification

After your subscription has been accepted, subscription details are displayed. A status of Compliant indicates your subscription is in compliance with the number of hosts you have automated within your subscription count. Otherwise, your status will show as Out of Compliance, indicating you have exceeded the number of hosts in your subscription.

Other important information displayed include the following:

Hosts automated
Host count automated by the job, which consumes the license count
Hosts imported
Host count considering all inventory sources (does not impact hosts remaining)
Hosts remaining
Total host count minus hosts automated

2.3. Downloading a manifest file

After an allocation is created and has the appropriate subscriptions on it, you can download the manifest from Red Hat Subscription Management.

Procedure

  1. From the Subscription Allocations page, click on the name of the Subscription Allocation to which you would like to generate a manifest.
  2. Click the Subscriptions tab.
  3. Click Export Manifest to download the manifest file.
Note

The file is saved to your default downloads folder and can now be uploaded to activate Red Hat Ansible Automation Platform.