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Chapter 1. Introduction

This guide is designed to help users of Red Hat Satellite and Red Hat Satellite Proxy to configure their client systems.
By default, all Red Hat Network client applications are configured to communicate with central Red Hat Network servers. When clients connect to a Red Hat Satellite or Red Hat Satellite Proxy instead, the default settings change. This document is intended to assist by offering mass reconfiguration steps which will help large enterprise environments, containing hundreds or thousands of systems, address the default setting changes.
Due to the complexity of this undertaking, customers can use a pre-populated script that automates many of the tasks necessary to access their Satellite or Satellite Proxy server; see the Getting Started Guide for details. Red Hat believes that understanding the implications of these changes is helpful and therefore describes the manual steps for reconfiguration in the opening chapters. Use your best judgement in determining the ideal solution for your organization.
Although many of the commands provided within this guide can be applied as they appear, it is impossible to predict all potential network configurations adopted by customers. Therefore, Red Hat encourages you to use these commands as references that must take into account your organization's individual settings.