How to subscribe to Red Hat Enterprise Linux version 3 after it reaches End of Life

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  • Red Hat Enterprise Linux 3 without Extended Life Cycle Support (ELS)
  • Red Hat Network (RHN) Classic or Red Hat Network (RHN) Satellite


  • How to subscribe to Red Hat Enterprise Linux version 3 after it reaches End of Life


On October 31, 2010 Red Hat Enterprise Linux 3 reached its end of life. You can read more about product life cycles here.   At this time, Red Hat Enterprise Linux 3 content is no longer accessible in the same way. Most customers will see that this product is now moved to a publicly available location within Red Hat Network (RHN) and that Red Hat Enterprise Linux 3 systems will eventually become  unsubscribed.

Red Hat Enterprise Linux 3 installations no longer generally count as installed systems. This means that you may continue to run them without a subscription and not be in violation of Terms and Conditions. This includes access to legacy Red Hat Enterprise Linux content in tools like the Knowledgebase and RHN with any valid subscription. Note, however, that customers who want to directly subscribe a system to Red Hat Enterprise Linux 3 channels will continue to consume a subscription.

For customers who have purchased the Extended Life Cycle Support (ELS) product, see this article for more information; otherwise, refer to instructions below.

For Red Hat Network (RHN) Classic users:

Your systems will be unsubscribed soon after the end of life date. When this happens, you can resubscribe them by updating your redhat-release package and reregistering. To update, manually download the new redhat-release file from Red Hat Network and apply it to your system. Search for one of the following packages in Red Hat Network (RHN), depending on your installed product:


Troubleshooting note: If you have trouble subscribing to this channel, confirm that the redhat-release package on your system is the correct one by running

rpm -q redhat-release

in a terminal. The package name should match one of the packages listed above.

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