Automating RHN Satellite Configuration Management

What is RHN satellite server?

The Red Hat (RH) Network (RHN) Satellite server is a management tool developed by Red Hat Inc. to assist with the monitoring of specific alarms and the updating of Red Hat Enterprise Linux (RHEL) server farms.

The satellite server is a localized version of the services provided by the RHN portal. Each server being administered by a satellite must first be registered on the satellite server and assigned to a software channel and organization. In addition the satellite server itself needs internet access to download and sync the rpm packages with the official Red Hat maintained repositories. It must also be registered with Red Hat via the customer portal as a satellite with the extra satellite server entitlement subscription enabled. Internet access is needed from the satellite server to the RHN portal to validate the entitlements for each server registered to it.

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