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10.2. Managing Entitlements

Once you have created a new organization, it is important to assign entitlements for it. You will need system entitlements, such as Management and Provisioning, for each system. You will also need channel entitlements, such as rhel-server or rhn-tools, for systems that use channels other than custom channels. Management system entitlements are a base requirement for an organization to function correctly. The number of management entitlements allocated to an organization is equivalent to the maximum number of systems that can register to that organization on the RHN Satellite, regardless of the number of software entitlements available. For example, if there are 100 Red Hat Enterprise Linux Client entitlements available in total, but only 50 management system entitlements are available to the organization, only 50 systems are able to register to that organization.
Red Hat Network Tools software channel entitlements will also need to be granted to each organization. The Red Hat Network Tools channel contains various client software required for extended RHN Satellite functionality, such as clients necessary for configuration management and kickstart support as well as the rhn-virtualization package, which is necessary for the entitlements of Xen and KVM virtual guests to be counted correctly.
To access the Subscriptions interface, open the Admin menu, and select Organization. Choose an organization from the list and select the Subscriptions tab.
Within the Subscriptions interface, open the Software Channel Entitlements tab to see all entitlements for all organizations, and their usage.
Within the Software Channel Entitlements tab, the Organizations tab allows Satellite Administrators to adjust the number of software channels available to each organization. Type in the number (within the range listed in Possible Values) and click the Update Organization button to change this value.
Channel entitlements can be either Regular or Flex. Any system can use a regular entitlement. Flex entitlements can only be used by systems that have been detected as being guests of a supported virtualization type.


Organization Administrators that create a custom channel can only use that channel within their organization unless an Organizational Trust is established between the organizations that want to share the channel. For more information about organizational trusts, refer to Section 10.5, “Organizational Trusts”.
The Organizations tab also contains a Subscriptions+System Entitlements section, which details:
  • Total: The total number of channel entitlements for the Satellite.
  • Available: The number of entitlements currently available for allocation.
  • Usage: The number of entitlements currently in use by all organizations, compared to the total number of entitlements allocated.
For example, if the Total column is 100 and the Available column is 70, that means 30 entitlements are allocated for organizations. The Usage column shows how many of those 30 allocated entitlements are in use by organizations besides the base organization. So if the Usage column reads 24 of 30 (80%), that means 24 channel entitlements are distributed to Satellite organizations (other than organization 1) out of the 30 that have been allocated.
Within the Subscriptions interface, select the Software Channel Entitlements tab to see all entitlements throughout all organizations, and their usage. Click on an organization to display the Details page, which provides further information about the organization.
  • Active Users: The number of users in the organization
  • Systems: The number of systems subscribed to the organization.
  • System Groups: The number of groups subscribed to the organization.
  • Activation Keys: The number of activation keys available to the organization.
  • Kickstart Profiles: The number of kickstart profiles available to the organization.
  • Configuration Channels: The number of Configuration Channels available to the organization.
From this page, you can delete the organization by clicking the Delete Organization link.