5.2. Activate Red Hat Satellite with a New Entitlement Certificate

Use the options in Table 5.1, “Red Hat Entitlement Certificate Options” to accomplish the following tasks in this order:
  1. Validate the Red Hat Satellite Entitlement Certificate's sanity (or usefulness).
  2. Insert the Red Hat Satellite Entitlement Certificate into the local database to activate the Satellite
  3. Activate Red Hat Satellite remotely by inserting the Red Hat Entitlement Certificate into the central Red Hat database. This is typically accomplished during local activation but might require a second step if you chose the --disconnected option.
Use the following procedure's examples as a guideline for your usage.

Procedure 5.1. Activating Red Hat Satellite with a New Entitlement Certificate

  1. To validate the Red Hat Entitlement Certificate's sanity only:
    rhn-satellite-activate --sanity-only --rhn-cert=/path/to/demo.cert
  2. To validate the Red Hat Entitlement Certificate and populate the local database:
    rhn-satellite-activate --disconnected --rhn-cert=/path/to/demo.cert
    Or to validate the Red Hat Entitlement Certificate and populate both the local and the Red Hat database:
    rhn-satellite-activate --rhn-cert=/path/to/demo.cert
Once you run this final command, Red Hat Satellite activates, serves packages locally and synchronizes with the central Red Hat Servers. See Chapter 6, Content and Synchronization for more information.