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devUnix 07-29-2013 02:21 AM

New to RHN Satellite

I have not used Red Hat Network Satellite before. I have joined a company where I need to visit this website (for example):

and perform related activities. I am not yet sure on them. I got an email from RHN Satellite which says:

This is the RHN Satellite Status Report for your account Dev, as of 7/26/13 11:03:25 PM BST.

This email will be sent when any of the following apply:

1. The system fails to check in with RHN Satellite within a 24-hour window.
2. The system registers scheduled action activity.

Completed Failed
Run an arbitrary script 2 0
Schedule a package sync for kickstarts 4 0
Show differences between profiled config files and deployed config files 2 7

Systems Not Checking In:
The following systems recently stopped checking in with RHN Satellite:

System Id System Name Last Checkin
1000200050 One.Dev.Demo 2013-07-25 13:34:33.0

Could somebody help me what I should be paying attention to here?


acid_kewpie 07-29-2013 02:23 AM

pretty self explanatory I'd have thoguht. One.Dev.Demo is not checking in for updates. Pretty strange name, but presuming it is a real system, check that the rhn service is running on it. You can run "rhn_check" directly to check in. Doesn't really look like it's RHN related though if you're not aware of any specfic changes to it. Ensure it's generally OK across the board first, has internet access etc.

devUnix 07-29-2013 03:05 AM


Originally Posted by acid_kewpie (Post 4998711)
Pretty strange name, but presuming it is a real system

I deliberately edited the original name. :)

devUnix 07-29-2013 03:09 AM

Check RHN Satellite

Originally Posted by acid_kewpie (Post 4998711)
check that the rhn service is running on it. You can run "rhn_check" directly to check in.

Okay, I will do that.

so, I found it on the document how to check for the said service' status:

The Red Hat Network Daemon (rhnsd) periodically connects to Red Hat Network Satellite to check for updates and notifications. The daemon, which runs in the background, is typically started from the initialization scripts in /etc/init.d/rhnsd or /etc/rc.d/init.d/rhnsd.
To check for updates, rhnsd runs an external program called rhn_check located in /usr/sbin/. This is a small application that makes the network connection to RHN. The Red Hat Network Daemon does not listen on any network ports or talk to the network directly. All network activity is done via the rhn_check utility.


devUnix 07-29-2013 04:29 AM

By the way, do we need a package to be installed for the RHNS?

I do not see rhnsd on my local test server (CentOS 6.4):


[root@localhost bin]# find "/etc/init.d" -name "rhn*"
[root@localhost bin]# find "/etc/rc.d/init.d/" -name "rhn*"
[root@localhost bin]# which rhn_check
/usr/bin/which: no rhn_check in (/usr/lib/qt-3.3/bin:/usr/local/sbin:/usr/local/bin:/sbin:/bin:/usr/sbin:/usr/bin:/root/bin)
[root@localhost bin]#

dob12460 08-22-2013 06:51 AM

Satellite 5.2 was not released for RHEL-6, just RHEL-4 and RHEL-5. CentOS 6.4 is rebuilt RHEL-6.4, so for the most part you're trying to make things work together that were never designed to.

Satellite was designed to work with RHEL as the base OS. CentOS lacks several packages that Satellite needs, and I don't know where you might find them (not a CentOS person, so don't know).

You might try Spacewalk instead:


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