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Chapter 2. Configuring Provisioning Contexts

Before you provision hosts using Satellite, you must understand the placement strategy for hosts in Satellite. This is known as the provisioning context.

2.1. Provisioning Context Overview

A provisioning context is the combination of an organization and location that you specify for Satellite components. The organization and location that a component belongs to sets the ownership and access for that component.

Organizations divide Red Hat Satellite 6 components into logical groups based on ownership, purpose, content, security level, and other divisions. You can create and manage multiple organizations through Red Hat Satellite 6 and assign components to each individual organization. This ensures the Satellite Server provisions hosts within a certain organization and only uses components that are assigned to that organization. For more information about organizations, see Managing Organizations in the Content Management Guide.

Locations function similar to organizations. The difference is that locations are based on physical or geographical setting. Users can nest locations in a hierarchy.

For more information about locations, see Managing Locations in the Content Management Guide.

2.2. Setting the Provisioning Context

When you set a context, you define which organization and location to use for provisioning hosts.

The organization and location menus are located in the menu bar, on the upper left of the Satellite web UI. If you have not selected an organization and location to use, the menu displays: Any Organization and Any Location.


  • To set the provisioning context, click the Any Organization and Any Location buttons and select the organization and location to use.

Each user can set their default provisioning context in their account settings. Click the user name in the upper right of the Satellite web UI and select My account to edit your user account settings.

For CLI Users

While using the CLI, include either --organization or --organization-label and --location or --location-id as an option. For example:

# hammer host list --organization "Default_Organization" --location "Default_Location"

This command outputs hosts allocated for the Default_Organization and Default_Location.