Chapter 8. System Registration Terms and Concepts

The following list contains terms and concepts related to Red Hat tools and processes for registration, subscription management, and system management.

access-based subscription model
A subscription model enabled with the simple content access capability, through which access to subscription content is provided by the existence of a valid subscription and registration of the system.
capacity
The upper limit of usage for a subscription, expressed in the defined unit of measurement for a subscription.
content
Software product code and errata that is designed to be consumed on systems. Content can either be installed directly on systems or used with as-a-service delivery methods.
content delivery network (CDN)
A geographically distributed series of static webservers that contain subscription content and errata that is consumed by systems. The content can be consumed directly through subscription management tools such as Red Hat Subscription Management or through mirroring tools such as Red Hat Satellite.
entitlement
In the deprecated entitlement-based subscription model, one of a pre-defined number of allowances that is used during the registration process to assign, or attach, a subcription to a system. The entitlement-based subscription model is now superseded by the access-based subscription model of simple content access.
entitlement-based subscription model
A deprecated subscription model through which subscriptions are required to be attached on a per-system basis before access to subscription content is allowed.
identity certificate
Used by the system to authenticate to the subscription service to periodically check for updates. It is created when the system is registered.
manifest
A set of encrypted files containing subscription information that enables you to find, access, synchronize, and download content from the correct repositories for use in Red Hat Satellite Server organizations that are managed by a Satellite server.
organization
A customer entity that interacts with Red Hat. An organization is typically a company or a part of a company, such as a function, division, department, or some other grouping that is meaningful to that company.
organization ID
A unique numeric identifier for a customer’s Red Hat organization that is used in certain internal subscription management functions. This identifier is separate from the Red Hat account number that is associated with your organization. It is located on the Hybrid Cloud Console Activation Keys page.
Red Hat account
A set of credentials that is used to identify and authenticate a user to Red Hat. This account enables a user to log into Red Hat properties such as the Customer Portal and the Hybrid Cloud Console. Also referred to as a Red Hat login. A Red Hat account can be a member of the corporate account that is used by a corporation or part of a corporation, enabling a list of users, such as system administrators, purchasing agents, IT management, and so on, to centrally purchase subscriptions and administer systems. A Red Hat account can also be a personal account for a single user to purchase their own subscriptions and administer their own systems.
Red Hat account number
A unique numeric identifier associated with your Red Hat account.
Red Hat Satellite
A system management solution that allows you to deploy, configure and maintain your systems across physical, virtual, and cloud environments.
Red Hat Subscription Management
A collection of tools available from several locations, including the subscription-manager command and options available from the Subscriptions menu of the Red Hat Hybrid Cloud Console. The subscription management tools provide views and functions that include subscription inventory, expiration, renewal, system registration, and others.
Red Hat Satellite Server
A server that synchronizes content, including software packages, errata, and container images, from the Red Hat Customer Portal and other supported content sources. Satellite Server also provides life cycle management, access control, and subscription management functions.
Satellite organization
A Satellite-specific construct that is used to divide resources into logical groups based on ownership, purpose, content, security level, and so on. These Satellite organizations can be used to isolate content for groups of systems with common requirements.
Red Hat Satellite Capsule Server
A server that mirrors content from the Satellite Server to enable content federation across various geographical locations.
registration
The process by which you officially redeem your purchase of Red Hat software and services.
remote host configuration (rhc)
A tool that enables system registration to subscription management tools, configuration management for the Red Hat Enterprise Linux connections to Red Hat Insights and management of Insights remediation tasks. It is not a replacement for the insights-client or subscription-manager.
repository
A storage system for a collection of content. Repositories are organizational structures for software product content and errata in the Red Hat content delivery network.
Satellite organization
A Satellite-specific construct that is used to divide resources into logical groups based on ownership, purpose, content, security level, and so on. These Satellite organizations can be used to isolate content for groups of systems with common requirements.
simple content access (SCA)
A capability within Red Hat Satellite and Red Hat Subscription Management on the Customer Portal, used to enable access to subscription content. If a valid subscription exists, then registering a system grants access to that content. The preferred method to register content instead of the deprecated entitlement-based subscription model.
system
A physical or virtual machine.
subscription
A contract between Red Hat and a customer for a specified term that provides access to content, support, and the knowledge base.
usage
The measurement of the consumption of Red Hat products installed on physical hardware or its equivalent, measured with a unit of measurement that is defined within the terms of a subscription.
utilization
The percentage of the maximum capacity for a subscription that is exhausted by the usage of that subscription.