Deploying Red Hat Insights on existing RHEL systems managed by Red Hat Update Infrastructure

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The following guidance is for users who wish to deploy Red Hat Insights for Red Hat Enterprise Linux on a provisioned Red Hat Enterprise Linux (RHEL) system managed by Red Hat Update Infrastructure (RHUI).
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Chapter 1. Deploying Red Hat Insights on systems registered with Red Hat Update Infrastructure

This guide is for users who want to deploy Red Hat Insights on an existing, cloud marketplace-purchased Red Hat Enterprise Linux system managed by Red Hat Update Infrastructure (RHUI).

To start using Insights, you must perform the following actions on each system you want to monitor and assess:

  • Install the Insights client if it did not come preinstalled.
  • Configure the client to use a form of authentication (activation keys or Red Hat Subscription Manager).
  • Register the system to Insights for Red Hat Enterprise Linux.

For more information about authentication, refer to Client Configuration Guide for Red Hat Insights.

1.1. Installing the Insights client


The Insights client installation procedure is not required on Red Hat Enterprise Linux 8 (RHEL8) systems.

Install the client package on each system.


  1. Enter the following command to install the current version of the Insights client package:

    [root@server ~]# yum install insights-client

1.1.1. Configuring authentication

You can use the following methods of authentication with the Insights client:

  • Activation keys (recommended)
  • Red Hat Subscription Manager (RHSM)

For more information about how to set up authentication, refer to Client Configuration Guide for Red Hat Insights.

1.2. Registering the system to Red Hat Insights

Register the system to communicate with the Red Hat Insights and to view results displayed in the Red Hat Hybrid Cloud Console.


  • Root access to the system


  1. Enter the following command to register the system.

    [root@server ~]# insights-client --register

1.3. Viewing your Insights results

You can view system and infrastructure results in the Red Hat Insights for Red Hat Enterprise Linux application dashboard.

The dashboard provides links to each available Insights service. This includes advisor, drift, vulnerability, compliance, policies and patch. From this starting point, you can proactively identify and manage issues affecting system security, performance, stability and availability.


  • The insights-client package is installed on the system.
  • You are logged in to the Red Hat Hybrid Cloud Console.


  1. Navigate to Red Hat Insights > RHEL > Inventory in the Hybrid Cloud Console.
  2. Search for your system name and confirm that it exists in the inventory.

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