Using and Configuring Red Hat Subscription Manager

Red Hat Subscription Management 1

to register systems, manage subscriptions, and view notifications for systems

Red Hat Subscription Management Documentation Team

October 1, 2013

Abstract

Red Hat Subscription Manager is a local service which tracks installed products and subscriptions on a local system to help manage subscription assignments. It communicates with the backend subscription service (the Customer Portal or an on-premise server such as Subscription Asset Manager) and works with content management tools such as yum.
This guide covers advanced configuration and usage for Subscription Manager, aside from the basic registration procedures in Quick Registration for RHEL.

1. About Red Hat Subscription Manager

Effective asset management requires a mechanism to handle the software inventory — both the type of products and which systems that the software is installed on.
Red Hat Subscription Manager is installed on a local system and it tracks what products are installed, what subscriptions are available for the system, and what subscriptions are actually used by the system. It also tracks subscription expirations and automatically attaches new subscriptions based on the products and hardware.
Most systems require simple registration. The default configuration registers the system with the main account for the company, hosted on the Red Hat Customer Portal.
However, it is possible to configure advanced settings in Red Hat Subscription Manager to connect to proxy services, alternate subscription services, or even to change the information (such as architecture and hardware settings) for the system to tweak how subscriptions are attached.
This guide covers how to understand and edit the configuration of Red Hat Subscription Manager. It is intended for more advanced administrators. For regular system registration, see the Quick Registeration for Red Hat Enterprise Linux guide in the subscription management documentation set.