Chapter 2. Installing Satellite Server

2.1. Preparing for Satellite Server Installation

Ensure that you meet all the prerequisites before installing Satellite Server.


  • You must create a Red Hat Enterprise Linux 7 host before you can install and configure Satellite Server. Red Hat Enterprise Linux version 7.5 or later is supported. For more information about installing Red Hat Enterprise Linux 7, see the Red Hat Enterprise Linux 7 Installation Guide.
  • Ensure that your environment meets the requirements for installation, including meeting storage requirements, and ensuring that network ports and firewalls are open and configured. For more information, see the Preparing your Environment for Installation in Installing Satellite Server from a Connected Network.

2.2. Registering to Red Hat Subscription Management

Registering the host to Red Hat Subscription Management enables the host to subscribe to and consume content for any subscriptions available to the user. This includes content such as Red Hat Enterprise Linux, Red Hat Software Collections (RHSCL), and Red Hat Satellite.

  1. Register your Satellite Server, using your user name and password.

    # subscription-manager register
    The system has been registered with ID: 541084ff2-44cab-4eb1-9fa1-7683431bcf9a

2.3. Attaching the Satellite Infrastructure Subscription

After you have registered Satellite Server, you must identify your subscription Pool ID and attach an available subscription. The Red Hat Satellite Infrastructure subscription provides access to the Red Hat Satellite, Red Hat Enterprise Linux, and Red Hat Software Collections (RHSCL) content. This is the only subscription required.

Red Hat Satellite Infrastructure is included with all subscriptions that include Smart Management. For more information, see the Red Hat Knowledgebase solution Satellite Infrastructure Subscriptions MCT3718 MCT3719.

Subscriptions are classified as available if they are not already attached to a system. If you are unable to find an available Satellite subscription, see the Red Hat Knowledgebase solution How do I figure out which subscriptions have been consumed by clients registered under Red Hat Subscription Manager? to run a script to see if your subscription is being consumed by another system.


To attach the Satellite Infrastructure subscription, complete the following steps:

  1. Identify the Pool ID of the Satellite Infrastructure subscription:

    # subscription-manager list --all --available --matches 'Red Hat Satellite Infrastructure Subscription'

    The command displays output similar to the following:

    Subscription Name:   Red Hat Satellite Infrastructure Subscription
    Provides:            Red Hat Satellite
                          Red Hat Software Collections (for RHEL Server)
                          Red Hat CodeReady Linux Builder for x86_64
                          Red Hat Ansible Engine
                          Red Hat Enterprise Linux Load Balancer (for RHEL Server)
                          Red Hat
                          Red Hat Software Collections (for RHEL Server)
                          Red Hat Enterprise Linux Server
                          Red Hat Satellite Capsule
                          Red Hat Enterprise Linux for x86_64
                          Red Hat Enterprise Linux High Availability for x86_64
                          Red Hat Satellite
                          Red Hat Satellite 5 Managed DB
                          Red Hat Satellite 6
                          Red Hat Discovery
    SKU:                 MCT3719
    Contract:            11878983
    Pool ID:             8a85f99968b92c3701694ee998cf03b8
    Provides Management: No
    Available:           1
    Suggested:           1
    Service Level:       Premium
    Service Type:        L1-L3
    Subscription Type:   Standard
    Ends:                03/04/2020
    System Type:         Physical
  2. Make a note of the subscription Pool ID. Your subscription Pool ID is different from the example provided.
  3. Attach the Satellite Infrastructure subscription to the base system that your Satellite Server is running on:

    # subscription-manager attach --pool=pool_id

    The command displays output similar to the following:

    Successfully attached a subscription for: Red Hat Satellite Infrastructure Subscription
  4. Optional: Verify that the Satellite Infrastructure subscription is attached:

    # subscription-manager list --consumed

2.4. Configuring Repositories

Use this procedure to enable the repositories that are required to install Satellite Server.


To configure the required repositories, complete the following steps:

  1. Disable all repositories:

    # subscription-manager repos --disable "*"
  2. Enable the following repositories:

    # subscription-manager repos --enable=rhel-7-server-rpms \
    --enable=rhel-7-server-satellite-6.6-rpms \
    --enable=rhel-7-server-satellite-maintenance-6-rpms \
    --enable=rhel-server-rhscl-7-rpms \

    If you are installing Satellite Server as a virtual machine hosted on Red Hat Virtualization (RHV), you must also enable the Red Hat Common repository, and install RHV guest agents and drivers. For more information, see Installing the Guest Agents and Drivers on Red Hat Enterprise Linux in the Virtual Machine Management Guide for more information.

  3. Clear any yum metadata:

    # yum clean all
  4. Optional: Verify that the required repositories are enabled:

    # yum repolist enabled

2.5. Installing Satellite Server

  1. Update all packages:

    # yum update
  2. Install the Satellite Server package:

    # yum install satellite
  3. Install Satellite Server and perform the initial configuration:

    # satellite-installer --scenario satellite \
    --foreman-initial-admin-username admin \
    --foreman-initial-admin-password redhat \
    --foreman-proxy-puppetca true \
    --foreman-proxy-tftp true \

2.6. Creating a Subscription Allocation in Customer Portal

To create a manifest, you must first create an allocation and then export the manifest from the allocation.

You can access your subscription information on the Red Hat Customer Portal. You can also assign subscriptions for use in on-premise management applications, such as Red Hat Satellite, using subscription allocations.

  1. Open in your browser and log in to your Red Hat account.
  2. Navigate to Subscriptions in the upper-left corner of the Customer Portal.
  3. Navigate to Subscription Allocations.
  4. Click Create New subscription allocation
  5. In the Name field, enter a name.
  6. From the Type list, select the type and version that corresponds to your Satellite Server.
  7. Click Create.

2.6.1. Adding Subscriptions to an Allocation

The following procedure explains how to add subscriptions to an allocation.

  1. Open in your browser and log in to the Red Hat account that you used to register the system to Red Hat Subscription Management.
  2. Navigate to Subscriptions in the upper-left corner of the Customer Portal.
  3. Navigate to Subscription Allocations.
  4. Click the allocation that you want to update.
  5. Click the Subscriptions tab.
  6. Click Add Subscriptions.
  7. A list of your Red Hat product subscriptions appears. Enter the Entitlement Quantity for each product.
  8. Click Submit to complete the assignment.

When you have added subscriptions to the allocation, export the manifest file.

2.7. Exporting a Subscription Manifest from the Customer Portal

While viewing a subscription allocation that has at least one subscription, you can export a manifest in either of two places:

  • From the Details tab, under the Subscription section, by clicking the Export Manifest button.
  • From the Subscriptions tab, by clicking the Export Manifest button.

When the manifest is exported, the Customer Portal encodes the selected subscriptions certificates and creates a .zip archive. This is the Subscription Manifest, which can be uploaded into Satellite Server.

2.8. Uploading a Manifest to Your Satellite Server

Uploading a Manifest Using the Web UI

  1. Verify that you are in the correct organization.
  2. Click Content > Subscriptions.
  3. Click Manage Manifest to open the Subscriptions page.
  4. Click Choose file and select the manifest archive in a .zip format that you have exported from the Customer Portal.