How to add grub2 bootloader password in kickstart template for the host getting provisioned using Red Hat Satellite 6.

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  • Red Hat Satellite 6.3


  • Adding bootloader password while provisioning hosts from the Satellite Server.
  • How to set a grub2 bootloader password on a kickstart for RHEL machine that is provisioned?


  • On RHEL 7 Server, generate the PBKDF2 hash using the command grub2-mkpasswd-pbkdf2 as showed below:
# grub2-mkpasswd-pbkdf2 
Enter password: 
Reenter password: 
PBKDF2 hash of your password is 
  • Edit the kickstart template.
Login to "Satellite web UI" > Hosts > Provisioning Template > Search for Satellite Kickstart Default > Clone this template and give a new name.

Set the appropriate "Operating System" in the "Association" Tab followed by "Locations" and "Organizations".
  • Edit the cloned kickstart file and add the mentioned bootloader parameters to it.
Find the line bootloader --location=mbr --append="nofb quiet splash=quiet" <%= grub_pass %>

And add the "password" parameter to it.

bootloader --location=mbr --append="nofb quiet splash=quiet" <%= grub_pass %> --iscrypted --password=<the generated password from the grub2-mkpasswd-pbkdf2  command>

bootloader --location=mbr --append="nofb quiet splash=quiet" <%= grub_pass %> --iscrypted --password=grub.pbkdf2.sha512.10000.73BB35CF83C18DAE6C258CA38FD43F09223FB6452E19C216FFFC30115E982ABEE35EADA33C8B6D9CD11527B3858DDC3F2A556004063FEA289615F42B71FFAA43.5ABF7BFFDC9BF667E0E8E8841A54F1C5F1FB6E325EB30845C0D5BFE982BD0C7317B6CF6C650ABBB0109BFE193D45A91F42ED29A00961C825B19914D697E69A1D
  • Click on Submit.

  • After successful host provisioning while trying to edit the grub menu it will prompt for username and password (Use root as a user and the password set).

Diagnostic Steps

  • While provisioning, ensure the cloned template is visible when you resolve the kickstart templates.

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Hi! Shouldn't this be handled by the grub_pass function in foreman?

Hi Daniel,

This is from the Satellite point of view, you can use that option with the upstream one (foreman).


Yes I know. way isen't that function added to satellite?


You can use that function and try to render the provisioning template. As it's not defined in the documentation.


No I cant. There is no way for me to define @host.grub_pass in satellite. the grub_pass part of te UI and API is missing.


Yes, that's available in the upstream currently but not sure.