5.3.2. Activating the Satellite

You should use the options in Table 5.1, “RHN Entitlement Certificate Options” to accomplish the following tasks in this order:
  1. Validate the RHN Entitlement Certificate's sanity (or usefulness).
  2. Activate the Satellite locally by inserting the RHN Entitlement Certificate into the local database.
  3. Activate the Satellite remotely by inserting the RHN Entitlement Certificate into the central RHN (remote) database. This is typically accomplished during local activation but may require a second step if you chose the --disconnected option.
Here are some examples depicting use of the tool and these options.
To validate an RHN Entitlement Certificate's sanity only:
rhn-satellite-activate --sanity-only --rhn-cert=/path/to/demo.cert
To validate an RHN Entitlement Certificate and populate the local database:
rhn-satellite-activate --disconnected --rhn-cert=/path/to/demo.cert
To validate an RHN Entitlement Certificate and populate both the local and the RHN database:
rhn-satellite-activate --rhn-cert=/path/to/demo.cert
Once you run this final command, the Satellite is running and able to serve packages locally and synchronize with the central RHN Servers. Refer to Chapter 6, Importing and Synchronizing.