Chapter 4. Configuring Organizations, Locations and Life Cycle Environments

Red Hat Satellite 6 takes a consolidated approach to Organization and Location management. System administrators define multiple Organizations and multiple Locations in a single Satellite server. For example, a company might have three Organizations (Finance, Marketing, and Sales) across three countries (United States, United Kingdom, and Japan). In this example, the Satellite server manages all Organizations across all geographical Locations, creating nine distinct contexts for managing systems. In addition, users can define specific locations and nest them to create a hierarchy. For example, Satellite administrators might divide the United States into specific cities, such as Boston, Phoenix, or San Francisco.
Example Topology for Red Hat Satellite 6. The Satellite server defines all locations and organizations. Each respective Satellite Capsule server synchronizes content and handles configuration of systems in a different location.

Figure 4.1. Example Topology for Red Hat Satellite 6

The main Satellite server retains the management function, while the content and configuration is synchronized between the main Satellite server and a Satellite Capsule assigned to certain locations.

4.1. Organizations

Organizations divide hosts into logical groups based on ownership, purpose, content, security level, or other divisions.
Multiple organizations can be viewed, created, and managed within the web interface. Software and host entitlements can be allocated across many organizations, and access to those organizations controlled.
Each organization must be created and used by a single Red Hat customer account, however each account can manage multiple organizations. Subscription manifests can only be imported into a single organization and Satellite will not upload a certificate that has already been uploaded into a different organization.
By default, Red Hat Satellite will have one organization already created, called "Default Organization", which can be modified to suit your own installation, or deleted. The organization name has a corresponding label Default_Organization.


If a new user is not assigned a default organization their access will be limited. To grant systems rights to users, assign them to a default organization and have them log out and log back in again.

4.1.1. Creating an Organization

These steps show how to create a new organization.

Procedure 4.1. To Create an Organization:

  1. Navigate to AdministerOrganizations.
  2. Click New Organization.
  3. Insert the name of the new organization in the Name field.
  4. Insert the label of the new organization in the Label field.
  5. Insert a description of the new organization in the Description field.
  6. Click Submit.
  7. Select the hosts to assign to the new organization.
    • Click Assign All to assign all hosts with no organization to the new organization.
    • Click Manually Assign to manually select and assign the hosts with no organization.
    • Click Proceed to Edit to skip assigning hosts.
  8. Specify the configuration details of the organization such as Capsules, subnets or compute resources. You can modify these settings later as described in Section 4.1.3, “Editing an Organization”.
  9. Click Submit.

4.1.2. Creating an Organization Debug Certificate

These steps show how to generate and download a debug certificate for an organization. Debug certificates unlock all content from an organization and are required for exporting provisioning templates.

Procedure 4.2. To Create a New Organization Debug Certificate:

  1. Navigate to AdministerOrganizations.
  2. Select an organization for which you want to generate a debug certificate.
  3. Click Generate and Download. This generates a debug certificate. Save the certificate file in a secure location.


Debug Certificates are automatically generated for provisioning template downloads if they do not already exist in the organization for which they are being downloaded.

4.1.3. Editing an Organization

Procedure 4.3. To Edit an Organization:

  1. Navigate to AdministerOrganizations.
  2. Click the name of the organization to be edited.
  3. Select the resource to edit from the list on the left.
  4. Click the name of the desired items to add them to the Selected Items list.
  5. Click Submit.


Users with administrator privileges are not listed under the Users tab when editing an organization.

4.1.4. Removing an Organization

Procedure 4.4. To Remove an Organization:

  1. Navigate to AdministerOrganizations.
  2. Select Delete from the drop-down menu to the right of the name of the organization you want to remove.
  3. An alert box appears:
    Delete Organization?
  4. Click OK to delete the organization.