Chapter 2. Requirements

This chapter contains all the requirements for a Red Hat Satellite installation. This includes variations for all database installation types.

2.1. Software Requirements

To perform an installation, the following software components must be available:
Base operating system
Red Hat Satellite 5.6 is supported on Red Hat Enterprise Linux 5 or 6. Install the operating system from disc, local ISO image, kickstart, or any other methods that Red Hat supports. 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 Red Hat Satellite first, then create a backup of the system before adding any non-Red Hat software.
Before installing a new Red Hat Satellite, make sure to install the latest supported update to Red Hat Enterprise Linux.
Red Hat Satellite 5.6 also supports installation on Red Hat Enterprise Linux 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 virtual 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; Red Hat Satellite only requires the base operating system installation. When installing the operating system via kickstart, select the @Base package group.

Important

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.
Red Hat Satellite installation media
Red Hat provides the installation media as a disc or ISO. It contains the Red Hat Satellite Installation Script and all packages required in order to support Red Hat Satellite are installed automatically.

Important

Additional packages beyond @Base are required to install Red Hat Satellite. The Red Hat Satellite installer will prompt you to either install the listed packages or ask if you want it to download the files. If your system is not registered to Red Hat Network, use the Red Hat Enterprise Linux installation media available during the Red Hat Satellite installation process to install these additional packages as needed.
The files necessary for Red Hat Satellite installation are listed in the rhelrpms file located in the updates directory on the installation ISO image.
Ensure to subscribe the Red Hat Satellite host system 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 Red Hat Satellite after installation using the Red Hat Satellite Synchronization Tool.