Chapter 25. Managing subscriptions in the web console

Manage your subscription for Red Hat Enterprise Linux 8 from the web console.

To get a subscription for your Red Hat Enterprise Linux, you need to have an account in the Red Hat Customer Portal or an activation key.

This chapter covers:

  • Subscription management in the RHEL 8 web console.
  • Registering subscriptions for your system in the web console with the Red Hat user name and password.
  • Registering subscriptions with the activation key.

Prerequisites

  • Purchased subscriptions.
  • The system subjected to subscription has to be connected to the Internet because the web console needs to communicate with the Red Hat Customer Portal.

25.1. Subscription management in the web console

The RHEL 8 web console provides an interface for using Red Hat Subscription Manager installed on your local system.

The Subscription Manager connects to the Red Hat Customer Portal and verifies all available:

  • Active subscriptions
  • Expired subscriptions
  • Renewed subscriptions

If you want to renew the subscription or get a different one in Red Hat Customer Portal, you do not have to update the Subscription Manager data manually. The Subscription Manager synchronizes data with Red Hat Customer Portal automatically.

25.2. Registering subscriptions with credentials in the web console

Use the following steps to register a newly installed Red Hat Enterprise Linux using the RHEL 8 web console.

Prerequisites

  • A valid user account on the Red Hat Customer Portal.

    See the Create a Red Hat Login page.

  • Active subscription for your RHEL system.

Procedure

  1. Type subscription in the search field and press the Enter key.

    cockpit subscription icon

    Alternatively, you can log in to the RHEL 8 web console. For details, see Logging in to the web console.

  2. In the polkit authentication dialog for privileged tasks, add the password belonging to the user name displayed in the dialog.

    cockpit subscription password

  3. Click Authenticate.
  4. In the Subscriptions dialog box, click Register.

    cockpit subscription notregistered

  5. Enter your Customer Portal credentials.

    cockpit subscription register cred

  6. Enter the name of your organization.

    If you have more than one account on the Red Hat Customer Portal, you have to add the organization name or organization ID. To get the org ID, go to your Red Hat contact point.

  7. Click the Register button.

At this point, your Red Hat Enterprise Linux 8 system has been successfully registered.

cockpit subscription registered

25.3. Registering subscriptions with activation keys in the web console

To register a subscription for Red Hat Enterprise Linux,

Prerequisites

  • If you do not have a user account in the portal, your vendor provides you with the activation key.

Procedure

  1. Type subscription in the search field and press the Enter key.

    cockpit subscription icon

    Alternatively, you can log in to the RHEL 8 web console. For details, see Logging in to the web console.

  2. In the authentication dialog, add the system username and password you created during the system installation.

    cockpit subscription password

  3. Click Authenticate.
  4. In the Subscriptions dialog box, click Register.

    cockpit subscription notregistered

  5. Enter the activation key in the registration form.
  6. Enter the name of your organization.

    You need to add the organization name or organization ID, if you have more than one account in the Red Hat Customer Portal.

    To get the org ID, go to your Red Hat contact point.

    cockpit subscription register key

  7. Click the Register button.

At this point, your RHEL 8 system has been successfully registered.

cockpit subscription registered