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Chapter 1. Using the Red Hat Satellite Content Dashboard

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The Red Hat Satellite content dashboard provides a status overview of the subscriptions and hosts currently registered, an overview of promotions and synchronization, and a list of the latest notifications.
Navigate to Monitor Dashboard to access the content dashboard. The dashboard can be rearranged by clicking on a section title and dragging the section to a different position. The following sections are available:
Content Host Subscription Status
An overview of the subscriptions currently consumed by the hosts registered to Satellite. A subscription is a purchased certificate that unlocks access to software, upgrades, and security fixes for hosts. The following table shows the possible states of subscriptions.
Table 1.1. Host Subscription States
State
Description
Icon
Invalid
Hosts that have products installed, but are not correctly subscribed. These hosts need attention immediately.
red
Partial
Hosts that have a subscription and a valid entitlement, but are not using their full entitlements. These hosts should be monitored to ensure they are configured as expected.
orange
Valid
Hosts that have a valid entitlement and are using their full entitlements.
green
Click the subscription type to view content hosts associated with subscriptions of the selected type.
Latest Events
A list of messages produced by hosts including administration information, product and subscription changes, and any errors.
Monitor this section for global notifications sent to all users and to detect any unusual activity or errors.
Sync Overview
An overview of all products or repositories enabled in Satellite and their Synchronization status. All products that are in the queue for synchronization, are unsynchronized or have been previously synchronized are listed in this section. Click a product name to view the synchronization status.
Host Collections
A list of all host collections in Satellite and their status, including the number of content hosts in each host collection. Click a host collection name to view that host collection.
Current Subscription Totals
An overview of the current subscription totals that shows the number of active subscriptions, the number of subscriptions that expire in the next 120 days, and the number of subscriptions that have recently expired. Click the number to list subscriptions of the selected type.
Content Views Overview
A list of all Content Views in Satellite and their publish status.
Errata Overview
A list of all errata available for hosts registered to Satellite.
Task Status
A summary of all current tasks, grouped by their state and result. Click the number to go to the list of corresponding tasks.
Latest Warning/Error Tasks
A list of the latest tasks that have been stopped due to a warning or error. Click a task to see more details.

Note

It is not possible to change the date format displayed in the Satellite web UI.

1.1. Managing Tasks

Red Hat Satellite keeps a complete log of all planned or performed tasks, such as repositories synchronised, errata applied, Content Views published, and so on. To review the log, navigate to Monitor Tasks. The page enables you to search for specific tasks, view their status and details, and resume those that resulted in an error, if applicable.
The tasks are managed using the Dynflow engine. Remote tasks have a timeout which can be adjusted as needed.

Procedure 1.1. To Adjust Timeout Settings:

  1. Navigate to Administer Settings.
  2. Enter %_timeout in the search box and click Search. The search should return four settings, including a description.
  3. In the Value column, click the icon next to a number to edit it.
  4. Enter the desired value in seconds, and click Save.

Note

Adjusting the %_finish_timeout values might help in case of low bandwith. Adjusting the %_accept_timeout values might help in case of high latency.
When a task is initialized, any back-end service that will be used in the task, such as Candlepin or Pulp, will be checked for correct functioning. If the check fails, you will receive an error similar to the following one:
There was an issue with the backend service candlepin: Connection refused – connect(2).
If the back-end service checking feature turns out to be causing any trouble, it can be disabled as follows.

Procedure 1.2. To Disable Checking for Services:

  1. Navigate to Administer Settings.
  2. Enter check_services_before_actions in the search box and click Search.
  3. In the Value column, click the icon to edit the value.
  4. From the drop-down menu, select false.
  5. Click Save.
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