Chapter 1. Introduction

This guide provides instructions for a full installation of a Red Hat Network Satellite server. This includes installation, configuration, connection to Red Hat Network, subscription management and content synchronization.

1.1. About Red Hat Network Satellite

Red Hat Network is the environment for system-level support and management of Red Hat systems and networks of systems. Red Hat Network brings together tools, services, and information repositories needed to maximize the reliability, security, and performance of their systems. System administrators use Red Hat Network to register software and hardware profiles for their client systems. These hardware and software profiles are called system profiles. When a client system requests package updates, Red Hat Network returns only the applicable packages for the client based upon the profile stored on the Red Hat Network Servers.
Red Hat Network Satellite provides organizations with the benefits of Red Hat Network without the need for public Internet access for servers or client systems. In addition, users of Red Hat Network Satellite can:
  • Maintain complete control and privacy over package management and server maintenance within their own networks;
  • Store System Profiles on a Satellite server, which connect to the Red Hat Network website via a local web server; and,
  • Perform package management tasks, including errata updates, through the local area network.
This gives Red Hat Network customers the greatest flexibility and power to keep servers secure and up-to-date.
Two types of Red Hat Network Satellite are available:
  • Stand-Alone Database — One with a stand-alone database on a separate machine; and
  • Embedded Database — One with an embedded database installed on the same machine as the Satellite.
This guide describes the installation of both types of Satellite.
Although the two types of Red Hat Network Satellite are functionally similar, some differences do exist. These variations are primarily limited to hardware requirements, installation steps, maintenance activities, and some troubleshooting steps. This guide identifies distinctions between the Satellite types by marking the differing instructions as either Stand-Alone Database or Embedded Database.