IU's software agreement with Red Hat

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About the agreement

As of January 2020, UITS is phasing out its Red Hat enterprise licensing agreement over a three-year period. IU Red Hat users have two years to migrate from Red Hat to an alternate platform. To use Red Hat at IU after that, users will need appropriate funding to cover partial licensing costs during 2022 and full licensing costs beyond that. If you have concerns or questions, contact UITS Research Technologies.

Indiana University has a license agreement with Red Hat allowing students, faculty, and staff to use Red Hat Enterprise Linux (RHEL). UITS provides access to versions 6, 7, and 8. The site license allows for the use of RHEL as follows:

  • Personal: IU students, faculty, and staff are allowed to install RHEL on their computers for personal use. When you leave IU, you no longer will be entitled to this license.
  • Workstation: RHEL can be installed on computer workstations used at IU for IU-related work while on the job.
  • Server: RHEL can be installed on servers used at IU as internal or external servers (for example, file, web, and mail servers).

IU's Red Hat license agreement provides the "base server" version and Desktop with Workstation option of RHEL. See the Red Hat site for a full list of Red Hat operating system offerings. Other software offered by Red Hat, such as the Cluster Suite, Global File System, and Application Stack, are not part of IU's agreement and must be licensed separately; to request a quote for additional Red Hat software, email Campus Bridging and Research Infrastructure.

Get the software

Download the ISO images from the RHEL Download page.

At the end of the install process, Anaconda will ask you if you want to register your system with the Red Hat Network (RHN); select NO. Skip the installation number and RHN registration.

Register your system and get updates from RHSM

  • The RHN Satellite service will be retired on May 1, 2020. Follow the procedures below to register your system and receive updates directly from Red Hat Subscription Management (RHSM).
  • IU systems in private IP space will need to use the Campus proxy service to download patches and updates from RHSM.

After installing RHEL, you can register your system and begin getting updates directly from Red Hat Subscription Management (RHSM). To do so, log in as root, or use the su command to switch to the root user, and then follow the steps below. If you are registering a system that was not previously registered with the RHN service, skip the first three steps and begin with step four.

  1. Make sure subscription-manager is installed:
    yum install subscription-manager
  2. Disable RHN:
    1. Switch to the Yum plug-ins directory:
      cd /etc/yum/pluginconf.d
    2. Open rhnplugin.conf in an editor; for example:
      vim rhnplugin.conf
    3. Under the [main] section, change the value for enabled to 0; for example:
      enabled = 0
  3. To remove an existing RHN registration file, run:
    rm /etc/sysconfig/rhn/systemid
  4. Register your system with RHSM:
    • Using a public-facing network:
      subscription-manager register --org=4463745 --activationkey=iu-campus
    • Using a private network (10.x.x.x) with the proxy service:
      subscription-manager register --proxy=XXX.XX.XXX.X:8080 --org=446375 --activationkey=iu-campus
  5. Get updates:
    yum update

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Last modified on 2020-02-27 13:40:35.

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