Deploy, scale, and manage your instances. Anywhere. Find out more about how Satellite can manage provisioning, configuration, drift, and reporting for all of your systems, from physical to cloud.


What Is Satellite?

Satellite is an on-premise alternative to trying to download all of your content from the Red Hat content delivery network or managing your subscriptions through the Customer Portal. From a performance side, it reduces hits to your network bandwidth because local systems can download everything they need locally; from a security side, it can limit the risks of malicious content or access, even enabling entirely disconnected environments.

Satellite is composed of a centralized Satellite Server. Depending on your data center setup, organization design, and geographic locations, you can have local Capsule Servers, which are proxies that locally manage content and obtain subscription, registration, and content from the central Satellite Server.

Get Started with Red Hat Satellite

For a basic server installation, you'll need:

External Network Connection

A network connection is needed to subscribe and enable repositories hosted by Red Hat.

System Requirements

The system and environment must meet the prerequisites.

90 Minutes

Installation will take about 90 minutes.


  1. 1

    Find the subscription pool to use.

    # subscription-manager list --available --all
    Available Subscriptions
    ProductName: Red Hat Satellite
    ProductId: xxxxxxx
    PoolId: xxxxx
    Quantity: 10
    Multi-Wntitlement: No
    Expires: 08/20/2019
    MachineType: physical
  2. 2

    Attach the subscription.

    Use the PoolId from the list command.

    # subscription-manager attach --pool=xxxxx
  3. 3

    Configure the repositories.

    Disable the default repositories to prevent conflicts, and then enable the specific Satellite 6 and RHEL repositories. This example uses Red Hat Enterprise Linux 6.
    # subscription-manager repos --disable "*"
    # subscription-manager repos --enable rhel-6-server-rpms --enable rhel-server-rhscl-6-rpms --enable rhel-6-server-satellite-6.4-rpms
  4. 4

    Install the Satellite packages.

    # yum install satellite
  5. 5

    Run the Satellite installer.

    There are a lot of different available configuration options with the Satellite installer command, depending on how you want to configure your environment. For more information, see Installing Satellite Server from a Connected Network.

    # satellite-installer --scenario satellite
  6. 6

    Open the UI.

    The Satellite UI is available by opening the server's hostname in a web browser. Unless something else was specified during installation, the default username is admin.

An overview of Satellite

Defining the Satellite Architecture

Senior technical writer Dan MacPherson covers what Satellite 6 is, its basic topology, an overview of Capsules (provisioning service), how the discovery service works, and what's involved with Puppet.

Installation & configuration

Installing and Configuring Satellite 6

This video demonstrates how to install satellite from the command line, including the katello installer, puppet configuration, testing, installing Satellite 6 with DHCP, DNS, TFTP, and advanced installation options.

Provisioning & lifecycle management

Creating an Application Lifecycle

In the fourth video in this series, Dan Macpherson discusses the application lifecycle, including custom content views and performing an errata content search.

Transitioning from 5 to 6

Planning Your Satellite 5 to 6 Migration

Walk through potential transition workflows and better understand how to migrate your environment.

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