Chapter 1. Introduction

This chapter describes what a host is, types of hosts, and actions you can perform on them.

1.1. Understanding Hosts

A host is any Red Hat Enterprise Linux system that Red Hat Satellite manages. Hosts may be physical or virtual. Virtual hosts may be deployed on any platform supported by Red Hat Satellite, including: KVM, VMware vSphere, OpenStack, Amazon EC2, Rackspace Cloud Services, Google Compute Engine, or in a Docker container.

1.2. Understanding Host Management

Red Hat Satellite enables host management at scale, including monitoring, provisioning, remote execution, configuration management, software management, and subscription management. You can manage your hosts via the Red Hat Satellite web UI, or the command line. For more information on managing hosts, see Chapter 3, Managing Hosts.