Chapter 1. Introduction
Satellite enables you to perform the transition from Satellite 5 Server to Satellite 6 Server. There is a significant difference between Satellite 5 and Satellite 6. Therefore, the in-place upgrade process (such as from version 4.x to 5.x) does not apply for version 5 to 6. You need to install Satellite 6 on a new server and migrate clients to the new Satellite 6 instance. Consequently, this is referred to as a transition process and not an upgrade process. Red Hat gives customers a whole year of duplicate Satellite subscriptions so that you can build and test a Satellite 6 Server before migrating only the Satellite 5 clients to the new system.
The transition process from Satellite 5 to Satellite 6 consists of the following steps:
- Review the documentation, learn and understand the basics of the Satellite 6 Product. If you have Satellite 5.8 running on a s390 system, you must build a fresh Satellite 6 on an x86_64 architecture system. Satellite 6 cannot run on s390 systems.
- Install Satellite 6 on a new machine, activate it with a manifest and synchronize Red Hat content from CDN.
- Install the bootstrap script on client systems.
- Make sure that you meet the prerequisites and run the bootstrap script to migrate your clients.
Supported Versions of Red Hat Enterprise Linux
Unlike Satellite 5, Satellite 6 does not support clients run on Red Hat Enterprise Linux 4 and older. Ensure all your clients are configured on one of the following Red Hat Enterprise Linux versions before you start the transition:
- Red Hat Enterprise Linux 5.7 and later.
- Red Hat Enterprise Linux 6.1 and later.
- Red Hat Enterprise Linux 7.0 and later.