5.2. Activate Satellite with a New Entitlement Certificate

Use the options in Table 5.1, “Red Hat Network Entitlement Certificate Options” to accomplish the following tasks in this order:
  1. Validate the Red Hat Network Entitlement Certificate's sanity (or usefulness).
  2. Activate the Satellite locally by inserting the Red Hat Network Entitlement Certificate into the local database.
  3. Activate the Satellite remotely by inserting the Red Hat Network Entitlement Certificate into the central Red Hat Network (remote) database. This is typically accomplished during local activation but may require a second step if you chose the --disconnected option.
Here are some examples depicting use of the tool and these options.
To validate an Red Hat Network Entitlement Certificate's sanity only:
rhn-satellite-activate --sanity-only --rhn-cert=/path/to/demo.cert
To validate an Red Hat Network Entitlement Certificate and populate the local database:
rhn-satellite-activate --disconnected --rhn-cert=/path/to/demo.cert
To validate an Red Hat Network Entitlement Certificate and populate both the local and the Red Hat Network database:
rhn-satellite-activate --rhn-cert=/path/to/demo.cert
Once you run this final command, the Satellite is running and able to serve packages locally and synchronize with the central Red Hat Network Servers. Refer to Chapter 6, Content and Synchronization.