How to deal with "There are XXX entitlements used by systems in the base organization. You might need to unentitle some systems in the base organization" error message.

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Issue

  • Satellite's entitlement has expired.
  • This error is seen when we attempt to activate the new Satellite certificate.
  • The below error message is seen:
Certificate specifies 101 of enterprise_entitled entitlements.
    There are 246 entitlements used by systems in the base (id 1) organization.
    You might need to unentitle some systems in the base organization.
    You need to free 145 entitlements to match the new certificate.
    In the WebUI, the entitlement is named Management.
Certificate specifies 101 of provisioning_entitled entitlements.
    There are 246 entitlements used by systems in the base (id 1) organization.
    You might need to unentitle some systems in the base organization.
    You need to free 145 entitlements to match the new certificate.
    In the WebUI, the entitlement is named Provisioning.
Activation failed, will now exit with no changes.

Environment

  • Red Hat Enterprise Linux 6.x
  • Red Hat Satellite 5.x

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