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All things Red Hat Enterprise Linux 7 Beta, and an FAQ around its release.

Updated 2014-04-01T19:20:15+00:00

Issue

  • Where can I find information about RHEL 7 Beta?
  • I know very little about RHEL 7 Beta and need a top-level FAQ to get going.
  • Who can access the software, where can I get it, and can I subscribe to Red Hat Network?
  • Is RHEL 7 Beta supported?
  • Can I use Red Hat Satellite to provision and manage RHEL 7 Beta systems?

Environment

  • Red Hat Enterprise Linux 7 Beta

Resolution

When was RHEL 7 Beta released?

December 11, 2013 via the Red Hat Customer Portal with a press release.

When will RHEL 7 GA be released?

Red Hat does not pre-announce release dates. Please refer to When will RHEL 7 GA be released? for more information.

What are some of the new features highlighted in RHEL 7 Beta?

Please refer to What's New in RHEL 7 Beta? for a link to the latest PDF.

What are the capabilities and limits for RHEL 7 Beta?

Please refer to What are the capabilities and limits for RHEL 7? for details around supported system limits.

How can I get started with Red Hat Enterprise Linux 7 Beta?

Please refer to Get Started with Red Hat Enterprise Linux 7 Beta Installation for detailed steps on the installation process.

Where can I download the RHEL 7 Beta?

RHEL 7 Beta has a landing page to download the software, and links to top resources:

https://access.redhat.com/site/products/Red_Hat_Enterprise_Linux/Get-Beta

If you went to rhn.redhat.com expecting to find the Beta software, this has changed starting in RHEL 7 Beta. Refer to Where can I download RHEL 7 Beta? I don't see it listed in Red Hat Network for more information around Red Hat move towards the Customer Portal for providing downloadable content.

How can I test RHEL 7 Beta systems with Red Hat Satellite?

Please refer to How can I test RHEL 7 Beta with Red Hat Satellite? for more information in a separate Satellite-focused FAQ.

What subscriptions do I need to access and download the Beta?

Many types of subscription will provide access to the Beta. Please refer to Which subscriptions provide access to the Red Hat Enterprise Linux 7 Beta download? for the full list of subscriptions that gain access to the Beta.

I clicked on the blue "Download Software" button from the RHEL 7 Beta landing page, but am seeing a blank page.

Please refer to I try to download Red Hat Enterprise Linux 7 Beta and I can't find the ISOs? page for more information. In most cases, you might need to provide a Red Hat Network login that contains the proper subscriptions that provide access to the Beta download.

How do I install the qcow2 image provided?

Included in the landing page downloads section is a qcow2 image file for use with Red Hat OpenStack. For more information about using this image, please refer to How do I install the qcow2 image provided in the RHEL 7 Beta downloads?.

Is the Beta available on Amazon AWS as an AMI?

Yes, please refer to the following AMI IDs for more information:

product arch region type version description bug id status
RHEL x86_64 us-east-1 access 7.0_HVM_beta EBS Image 1039568 ami-5b183532 pass
RHEL x86_64 eu-west-1 access 7.0_HVM_beta EBS Image 1039963 ami-846a84f3 pass
RHEL x86_64 us-west-1 access 7.0_HVM_beta EBS Image 1039960 ami-70447435 pass
RHEL x86_64 us-west-2 access 7.0_HVM_beta EBS Image 1039959 ami-aa94f19a pass
RHEL x86_64 ap-northeast-1 access 7.0_HVM_beta EBS Image 1039962 ami-c7d0b0c6 pass
RHEL x86_64 sa-east-1 access 7.0_HVM_beta EBS Image 1039958 ami-7d862760 pass
RHEL x86_64 ap-southeast-2 access 7.0_HVM_beta EBS Image 1039961 ami-63b22d59 pass
RHEL x86_64 ap-southeast-1 access 7.0_HVM_beta EBS Image 1039964 ami-7cb6e22e pass

Known Issue: After first reboot, instances could boot with an ethernet interface down. The issue is being tracked in Bugzilla 1039608 and will be resolved soon.

How is the Beta supported by Red Hat?

RHEL 7 Beta is not to be run in any production environment, and therefore any support cases that are filed will be automatically set to Severity 4: Low Severity. Current customers with active production subscriptions can file support cases with Red Hat, as with any other Red Hat Enterprise Linux Beta product. Customers using a self-support subscription will not be able to file support cases per How can a RHEL Self-Support subscription be used? and as stated in the Enterprise Agreement.

How can I provide feedback on the RHEL 7 Beta experience, with a chance to win $500?

Your feedback on the Beta is what makes our products better. Tell us about your experience by completing this brief survey.

If you'd like to provide feedback in general, you can file a Red Hat Support Case against Red Hat Enterprise Linux 7.0 , or join in the discussion on the Customer Portal!

Will a package I use in EPEL 6 be in the next release of EPEL 7?

Please refer to the following page that details how to request a package in the EPEL repository.

Is there an automated crash reporter?

Yes, it is called ABRT and more information can be found at Automated crash reporting in RHEL 7 pre-releases.

Where are the Release Notes, Tech Notes, and official documentation?

All of these are posted on the Customer Portal along with the other documentation for all Red Hat Enterprise Linux releases:

http://www.redhat.com/docs/en-US/Red_Hat_Enterprise_Linux/7/

Note: These are not translated, and are English only. The final GA-release documentation will be translated as normal.

What architectures are available and supported for Beta?

x86_64, ppc64, and s390x. i386 is not available, and will not be made available at GA, nor the life of the product.

Are these the same architectures planned for GA?

Yes, they are. The Beta architectures will be the same for GA.

If the 32-bit i386 architecture isn't available, will my 32-bit applications still work on 64-bit architectures?

Please refer to Are 32-bit applications supported in RHEL 7? for more information on 32-bit application compatibility on 64-bit platforms.

Why should I use Red Hat Subscription Management?

Two reasons:
1. It is now the default means for registering, subscribing, and updating content in RHEL 7 going forward.
2. It is gest to start getting used to the new tools and ways of getting content if you haven't used them in RHEL 6.

Please refer to Why should I use Red Hat Subscription Management? for more information on why Red Hat Subscription Management is better for your environment.

What is the best method to test Red Hat Subscription Management during the Beta?

If you want to test Red Hat Subscription Management using the included subscription-manager tool, you can consume your production subscription, or request complimentary RHEL 7 Beta subscriptions to avoid utilizing your paid subscriptions. More information about requesting and using Beta subscriptions can be found at: What is a RHEL 7 Beta subscription and what is it used for?

Is the Supplementary Channel (and associated packages) available in the Beta?

No, the Supplementary Channel packages are not available at Beta, but will be at GA.

Is the Optional Channel (and associated packages) available in the Beta?

Yes, but for convenience Red Hat has included all Optional packages in the same single download or repository. For the GA product it will be split out into a separate repository similar to previous releases.

How do I test upgrading from RHEL 6 to RHEL 7 Beta?

Please refer to How do I test in-place upgrading from RHEL 6 to RHEL 7 Beta?.
NOTE: Please read the document in its entirety before you begin, as well as all caveats and disclaimers.

Can I upgrade from RHEL 7 Beta to RHEL 7 GA?

No, RHEL 7 GA requires a fresh install. Upgrades from RHEL 7 Beta to GA are not supported.

Which network drivers were added or removed in RHEL 7 Beta?

Please refer to Which network drivers were added or removed in RHEL 7 Beta? for the full list.

What versions of Java are available in RHEL 7 Beta?

OpenJDK 6 (1.6) and 7 (1.7) are available in RHEL 7 Beta. The standard OpenJDK Web plug-in (icedtea-web) is also available. Additional JDKs may be added in the Supplementary Channel for GA, at Red Hat's discretion.

Are single socket, single core, single thread processor systems supported on RHEL 7?

No, these system are no longer supported. Refer to Are single socket, single core, single thread processor systems supported on RHEL 7? for more information.

What root file systems are supported in RHEL 7?

The xfs, btrfs, and ext4 file systems are supported in RHEL 7. NOTE: xfs is now included as part of base RHEL 7 and no longer requires the Scalable File System Add-On. Refer to What root file systems are supported in RHEL 7? for more information.

Is HBA Fibre Channel target mode supported in RHEL 7?

No, this is not supported. Please refer to Is HBA Fibre Channel target mode supported in RHEL 7? for more information.

How do I install and test RHEL 7 Beta with UEFI Secure Boot technology?

Please refer to How do I install and test RHEL 7 Beta with UEFI Secure Boot technology? for more information.

Where are the virt-p2v or virt-v2v tools in RHEL 7?

New tools are being developed that will not make RHEL 7.0, but will make a future minor release. Please refer to Where are the virt-p2v or virt-v2v tools in RHEL 7? for more information.