Chapter 8. Maintenance

Because of the RHN Satellite's unique closed environment, its users are provided with abilities not available to any other Red Hat Network customers. In addition, the Satellite itself also requires maintenance. This chapter discusses the procedures that should be followed to carry out administrative functions outside of standard use, as well as to apply patches to the RHN Satellite.

8.1. Managing the Satellite with rhn-satellite

Since the RHN Satellite consists of a multitude of individual components, Red Hat provides a command-line tool that allows you to stop, start, or retrieve status information from the various services in the appropriate order: rhn-satellite. This tool accepts all of the typical commands:
/usr/sbin/rhn-satellite start
/usr/sbin/rhn-satellite stop
/usr/sbin/rhn-satellite restart
/usr/sbin/rhn-satellite reload                                                                                                                                     
/usr/sbin/rhn-satellite enable
/usr/sbin/rhn-satellite disable                                                                                                                                     
/usr/sbin/rhn-satellite status

Use rhn-satellite to shut down and bring up the entire RHN Satellite and retrieve status messages from all of its services at once.