What does "Lock Status" field mean in system profile on RHN ?

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  • Lock Status under RHN Classic, what is the meaning of this?
  • What will happen when someone lock subscribed system or leave it unlocked?
  • What does changing my system from Locked to Unlocked, or vice-versa, change?
Lock Status:
 System is unlocked
 (Lock system)


  • Actions cannot be scheduled for locked systems through the web interface until the lock is removed manually.
    • This does not include preventing auto-errata updates scheduled through the web interface.
    • Locking a system can help to prevent you from accidentally making any changes to a system until you are ready to do so.

For example, the system may be a production system that you do not wish to receive updates or new packages until you decide to unlock it.

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