Chapter 4. Registering the system and managing subscriptions

Subscriptions cover products installed on Red Hat Enterprise Linux, including the operating system itself.

You can use a subscription to Red Hat Content Delivery Network to track:

  • Registered systems
  • Products installed on your systems
  • Subscriptions attached to the installed products

4.1. Registering the system after the installation

Use the following procedure to register your system if you have not registered it during the installation process already.

Prerequisites

Procedure

  1. Register and automatically subscribe your system in one step:

    # subscription-manager register --username <username> --password <password> --auto-attach
    Registering to: subscription.rhsm.redhat.com:443/subscription
    The system has been registered with ID: 37to907c-ece6-49ea-9174-20b87ajk9ee7
    The registered system name is: client1.idm.example.com
    Installed Product Current Status:
    Product Name: Red Hat Enterprise Linux for x86_64
    Status:       Subscribed

    The command prompts you to enter your Red Hat Customer Portal user name and password.

    If the registration process fails, you can register your system with a specific pool. For guidance on how to do it, proceed with the following steps:

    1. Determine the pool ID of a subscription that you require:

      # subscription-manager list --available

      This command displays all available subscriptions for your Red Hat account. For every subscription, various characteristics are displayed, including the pool ID.

    2. Attach the appropriate subscription to your system by replacing pool_id with the pool ID determined in the previous step:

      # subscription-manager attach --pool=pool_id

4.2. Registering subscriptions with credentials in the web console

Use the following steps to register a newly installed Red Hat Enterprise Linux using the RHEL 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 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 system has been successfully registered.

cockpit subscription registered

4.3. Registering a system using Red Hat account on GNOME

Follow the steps in this procedure to enroll your system with your Red Hat account.

Prerequisites

Procedure

  1. Go to the system menu, which is accessible from the top-right screen corner and click the Settings icon.
  2. In the DetailsAbout section, click Register.
  3. Select Registration Server.
  4. If you are not using the Red Hat server, enter the server address in the URL field.
  5. In the Registration Type menu, select Red Hat Account.
  6. Under Registration Details:

    • Enter your Red hat account user name in the Login field,
    • Enter your Red hat account password in the Password field.
    • Enter the name of your organization in the Organization field.
  7. Click Register.

4.4. Registering a system using an activation key on GNOME

Follow the steps in this procedure to register your system with an activation key. You can get the activation key from your organization administrator.

Prerequisites

  • Activation key or keys.

    See the Activation Keys page for creating new activation keys.

Procedure

  1. Go to the system menu, which is accessible from the top-right screen corner and click the Settings icon.
  2. In the DetailsAbout section, click Register.
  3. Select Registration Server.
  4. Enter URL to the customized server, if you are not using the Red Hat server.
  5. In the Registration Type menu, select Activation Keys.
  6. Under Registration Details:

    • Enter Activation Keys.

      Separate multiple keys by a comma (,).

    • Enter the name or ID of your organization in the Organization field.
  7. Click Register