Chapter 2. Requirements

This chapter contains all the requirements for a Red Hat Network Satellite installation. This includes variations for both Stand-Alone Database and Embedded Database installations.

2.1. Software Requirements

To perform an installation, the following software components must be available:
Base operating system
Red Hat Network Satellite is supported with Red Hat Enterprise Linux 5 and 6. The operating system can be installed from disc, local ISO image, kickstart, or any of the methods supported by Red Hat. Red Hat Enterprise Linux installations require the @Base package group with no other package-set modifications, and without third-party configurations or software that is not directly necessary for the direct operation of the server. This restriction includes hardening or other non-Red Hat security software. If such software is required in your infrastructure, first install and verify a complete working Satellite first, and then make a backup of the system before adding any non-Red Hat software.
When installing a new Red Hat Network Satellite, it is recommended that the latest supported update to Red Hat Enterprise Linux is installed.
Satellite can be installed on Red Hat Enterprise Linux 5 or 6 in any virtualized environment supported by Red Hat, including Xen, KVM, and VMware. Functional support for virtualized environments does not always equal the same performance of running on physical hardware. Make sure to consider your virtualized environment's performance and implement any recommended tuning guidelines.
When installing Red Hat Enterprise Linux 5 or 6 from CD or ISO image, there is no need to select any package groups, only the base install is required. When installing either operating system via kickstart, select the @Base package group.


Each purchased Satellite product includes one supported instance of Red Hat Enterprise Linux Server. Install Satellite on a fresh installation of Enterprise Linux where Satellite is the only application and service provided by the OS. Using the Red Hat Enterprise Linux OS included with Satellite to run other daemons, applications, or services within your environment is not supported.


The Satellite base operating system requires registration to Red Hat Network Classic using Red Hat Network Client. Satellite installation fails when registering the system with Red Hat Subscription Manager.
Satellite installation disc or ISO
This contains the Satellite Installer. All packages required in order to support Satellite are installed automatically, and require no intervention from the user.


Additional packages beyond @Base are required to install Red Hat Network Satellite. The Satellite installer will prompt you to either install the listed packages or ask if you want it to download the files from Red Hat Network. If your system is not registered to Red Hat Network, you should have the Red Hat Enterprise Linux installation media available during the Satellite installation process to install these additional packages as needed.
The files necessary for Satellite installation are listed in the rhelrpms file located in the updates directory on the Satellite installation ISO image.
Ensure that your Satellite host system is also subscribed to the Red Hat Enterprise Linux Optional channel to resolve package dependencies during installation.
Channel content
All software packages and data exported for all entitled Red Hat channels. This content is loaded directly on the Satellite after installation using the Red Hat Network Satellite Synchronization Tool.