Chapter 2. Information required for installation

Use the following checklist to help you gather all the required information before you install the Red Hat Update Appliance (RHUA) and the content delivery server (CDS) nodes.

Table 2.1. Red Hat Update Infrastructure requirements checklist

Required InformationInformation UsageResources and Note

Red Hat Credentials


Red Hat Customer Portal


Network and firewall requirements for the RHUA and each CDS

It is possible for a CDS to have a client-facing host name that differs from the host name used for intra-Red Hat Update Infrastructure communication. If you are using client-facing host names, note each CDS’s client-facing FQDN and the corresponding IP address.


Proxy for access to the Red Hat content delivery network

Proxy settings for Red Hat Update Infrastructure set automatically during the installation. They are set on the CDS nodes in the /etc/yum.conf files, where you configure the repositories.

Content Repository Size

Storage space for the RPM packages required by Red Hat Update Infrastructure*

See Preparing your Environment for Installation for specific storage requirements, or use the du command from the command line interface to determine its size.

Client Profiles

A client profile determines Red Hat Update Infrastructure content that is available to the client and the CDS from which the client downloads that content.


*All repositories are placed in the /var/lib/pulp directory. Create this directory only if you need to create a new mount point for it; otherwise, the system creates it automatically during the installation process.


Consider using a separate storage volume for the installation if you expect to store a large amount of data.


Each RHUI server (RHUA node or CDS node) requires a separate file system of the required size. It is important to use technologies such as LVM, SAN, or NAS storage that allow the content repository to grow if needed. The current rhel-7-server-rpms repository is 12 GB, and the current rhel-6-server-rpms repository is 29 GB. These repositories will grow as the product does. These repositories are examples of the large sizes needed to hold all of the packages in any given environment.

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