Red Hat Linux

We have purchased a site license for Red Hat Enterprise Linux. The site license includes:

  • unlimited subscriptions for campus servers
  • unlimited subscriptions for staff and students
  • One subscription to the RHN Satellite server

A subscription provides you with access to the Red Hat Network to download updates. The ICT site license does not include a support contract for Red Hat Enterprise Linux.

In order to download and install Red Hat Linux Enterprise, you will need to provide your NSID username and password.

The download and installation of Red Hat Enterprise Linux is a two-part process.

Part 1. Download and Install

Download and install Red Hat Enterprise Linux

Quick Install Instructions

1. Download and burn the RHEL ISO images from http://rhn.usask.ca/pub/ISO/

  • ISO images are available for Red Hat Enterprise Linux 6 and 7

Part 2. Register For Updates

Register with Red Hat Network (RHN) for updates

1. The first time you boot up after the install is complete an RHN Registration page screen will appear. At this screen, check "Tell me why I need to register and provide a Red Hat Login" and click Next

2. To complete the registration, download the appropriate shell script (see below) and save it to your home directory.

The script will register you system with RHN, configure it to use the campus proxy server and update it. The shell script contains an activation key and when run will register your system with RHN and configure it to use our local Proxy Server. Scripts are available for the following groups:

  • Employee: https://rhn.usask.ca/pub/bootstrap/staff/bootstrap_staff.sh
  • Students: https://rhn.usask.ca/pub/bootstrap/student/bootstrap_student.sh
  • Researchers: https://rhn.usask.ca/pub/bootstrap/research/bootstrap_research.sh
  • Labs: https://rhn.usask.ca/pub/bootstrap/lab/bootstrap_lab.sh
  • Department: https://rhn.usask.ca/pub/bootstrap/department/bootstrap_department.sh

If you have trouble accessing any of the scripts please contact the ICT Service Desk.

3. Open a terminal window.

Applications --> System Tools --> Terminal

4. In the Terminal, switch to root.

$ su -
Password:

5. Run the script.

# sh boot_script.sh

Click yes when the system asks to install GPG-Public Key.

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