Chapter 2. Installing Satellite Server

download PDF

2.1. Preparing for Satellite Server Installation

Ensure that you meet all the prerequisites before installing Satellite Server.


  • You must create a Red Hat Enterprise Linux 7 host before you can install and configure Satellite Server. Red Hat Enterprise Linux version 7.5 or later is supported. For more information about installing Red Hat Enterprise Linux 7, see the Red Hat Enterprise Linux 7 Installation Guide.
  • Ensure that your environment meets the requirements for installation, including meeting storage requirements, and ensuring that network ports and firewalls are open and configured. For more information, see the Preparing your Environment for Installation in Installing Satellite Server from a Connected Network.

2.2. Registering to Red Hat Subscription Management

Registering the host to Red Hat Subscription Management enables the host to subscribe to and consume content for any subscriptions available to the user. This includes content such as Red Hat Enterprise Linux, Red Hat Software Collections (RHSCL), and Red Hat Satellite.


  • Register your system with the Red Hat Content Delivery Network, entering your Customer Portal user name and password when prompted:

    # subscription-manager register

    The command displays output similar to the following:

    # subscription-manager register
    Username: user_name
    The system has been registered with ID: 541084ff2-44cab-4eb1-9fa1-7683431bcf9a

2.3. Attaching the Satellite Infrastructure Subscription


Skip this section if you enabled the Simple Content Access (SCA) in the Red Hat Customer Portal.

After you have registered Satellite Server, you must identify your subscription Pool ID and attach an available subscription. The Red Hat Satellite Infrastructure subscription provides access to the Red Hat Satellite, Red Hat Enterprise Linux, and Red Hat Software Collections (RHSCL) content. This is the only subscription required.

Red Hat Satellite Infrastructure is included with all subscriptions that include Satellite, formerly known as Smart Management. For more information, see Satellite Infrastructure Subscriptions MCT3718 MCT3719 in the Red Hat Knowledgebase.

Subscriptions are classified as available if they are not already attached to a system. If you are unable to find an available Satellite subscription, see the Red Hat Knowledgebase solution How do I figure out which subscriptions have been consumed by clients registered under Red Hat Subscription Manager? to run a script to see if your subscription is being consumed by another system.


  1. Identify the Pool ID of the Satellite Infrastructure subscription:

    # subscription-manager list --all --available --matches 'Red Hat Satellite Infrastructure Subscription'

    The command displays output similar to the following:

    Subscription Name:   Red Hat Satellite Infrastructure Subscription
    Provides:            Red Hat Satellite
                          Red Hat Software Collections (for RHEL Server)
                          Red Hat CodeReady Linux Builder for x86_64
                          Red Hat Ansible Engine
                          Red Hat Enterprise Linux Load Balancer (for RHEL Server)
                          Red Hat
                          Red Hat Software Collections (for RHEL Server)
                          Red Hat Enterprise Linux Server
                          Red Hat Satellite Capsule
                          Red Hat Enterprise Linux for x86_64
                          Red Hat Enterprise Linux High Availability for x86_64
                          Red Hat Satellite
                          Red Hat Satellite 5 Managed DB
                          Red Hat Satellite 6
                          Red Hat Discovery
    SKU:                 MCT3719
    Contract:            11878983
    Pool ID:             8a85f99968b92c3701694ee998cf03b8
    Provides Management: No
    Available:           1
    Suggested:           1
    Service Level:       Premium
    Service Type:        L1-L3
    Subscription Type:   Standard
    Ends:                03/04/2020
    System Type:         Physical
  2. Make a note of the subscription Pool ID. Your subscription Pool ID is different from the example provided.
  3. Attach the Satellite Infrastructure subscription to the base operating system that your Satellite Server is running on:

    # subscription-manager attach --pool=pool_id

    The command displays output similar to the following:

    Successfully attached a subscription for: Red Hat Satellite Infrastructure Subscription
  4. Optional: Verify that the Satellite Infrastructure subscription is attached:

    # subscription-manager list --consumed

2.4. Configuring Repositories

Use this procedure to enable the repositories that are required to install Satellite Server. Choose from the available list which operating system and version you are installing on:

2.4.1. Red Hat Enterprise Linux 7

  1. Disable all repositories:

    # subscription-manager repos --disable "*"
  2. Enable the following repositories:

    # subscription-manager repos --enable=rhel-7-server-rpms \
    --enable=rhel-7-server-satellite-6.10-rpms \
    --enable=rhel-7-server-satellite-maintenance-6-rpms \
    --enable=rhel-server-rhscl-7-rpms \

If you are installing Satellite Server as a virtual machine hosted on Red Hat Virtualization, you must also enable the Red Hat Common repository, and install Red Hat Virtualization guest agents and drivers. For more information, see Installing the Guest Agents and Drivers on Red Hat Enterprise Linux in the Virtual Machine Management Guide for more information.

2.5. Installing Satellite Server

  1. Update all packages:

    # yum update
  2. Install the Satellite Server package:

    # yum install satellite
  3. Install Satellite Server and perform the initial configuration:

    # satellite-installer --scenario satellite \
    --foreman-initial-admin-username admin \
    --foreman-initial-admin-password redhat \
    --foreman-proxy-tftp true \

2.6. Importing a Subscription Manifest into Satellite Server

Use the following procedure to import a Subscription Manifest into Satellite Server.


  • You must have a Subscription Manifest file exported from the Customer Portal. For more information, see Using Manifests in the Using Red Hat Subscription Management guide.


  1. In the Satellite web UI, ensure the context is set to the organization you want to use.
  2. Navigate to Content > Subscriptions and click Manage Manifest.
  3. In the Manage Manifest window, click Browse.
  4. Navigate to the location that contains the Subscription Manifest file, then click Open. If the Manage Manifest window does not close automatically, click Close to return to the Subscriptions window.

CLI procedure

  1. Copy the Subscription Manifest file from your client to Satellite Server:

    $ scp ~/
  2. Log in to Satellite Server as the root user and import the Subscription Manifest file:

    # hammer subscription upload \
    --file ~/ \
    --organization "organization_name"
Red Hat logoGithubRedditYoutubeTwitter


Try, buy, & sell


About Red Hat Documentation

We help Red Hat users innovate and achieve their goals with our products and services with content they can trust.

Making open source more inclusive

Red Hat is committed to replacing problematic language in our code, documentation, and web properties. For more details, see the Red Hat Blog.

About Red Hat

We deliver hardened solutions that make it easier for enterprises to work across platforms and environments, from the core datacenter to the network edge.

© 2024 Red Hat, Inc.