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Service Description

The campus has entered into an agreement with Red Hat to provide access to Red Hat Enterprise Linux (RHEL) licenses at no cost to campus departments, including individual students, faculty and staff with a valid CalNet ID.

The agreement was last renewed in 2019, and is now reviewed annually in August.


This service provides the following benefits to campus customers:

Cost Savings

Campus customers are provided licenses at no cost for the duration of the license agreement.

Campus Satellite Server

The IST Unix Team maintains a campus Satellite Server that offers access to the updates at the speed of the Campus network.

Software Updates

Packages provided by Red Hat are actively maintained, providing security and functional updates (errata) according to the RHEL Life Cycle 

Frequently Asked Questions

Who is eligible for the service?

Campus Departments as well as Students, Faculty and Staff with a valid CalNet ID.

What Software is available?

Presently, packages and updates for Red Hat Enterprise 6 (32/64bit,) 7 (64bit only,) and 8 (64bit only) are provided.

Where can I obtain RHEL ISOs?

The easiest way to obtain access to the Red Hat ISOs is to sign up for a Red Hat account (or use an existing one to login) at then download the ISOs from

Can I Access the Red Hat Knowledge Base?

The easiest way to obtain access to the Red Hat Knowledge Base is to sign up for a Red Hat account (or use an existing one to login) at

The Program will provide a renewable 1-year development subscription which will allow your account access to the knowledge base at

Note: You should continue to obtain your RHEL entitlements/subscriptions through the campus site license and Satellite service–the Developer Program is simply a self-service way to gain access to the Knowledge Base content without a Red Hat login attached to the University's account.

How do I use/install my registration key?

First you need to run a few commands as 'root' to prepare your host for registration:

yum remove rhnsd rhn-client-tools
rm -rf /etc/sysconfig/rhn/

yum clean all
rm -rf /var/cache/yum

/bin/rpm -Uvh
cp /etc/rhsm/rhsm.conf /etc/rhsm/rhsm.conf.kat-backup

The last two commands download and install the registration certificates from the Satellite 6 server and save the new configuration in a backup file.

At a command line from the root account or an account with privileges to sudo run the following command (replacing “$YOUR_ACTIVATION_KEY” with the registration key you are provided):

subscription-manager register --org="UCB_IST_Software_Licensing" --activationkey="$YOUR_ACTIVATION_KEY"

Additional details relating to this process are available at How to Register RHEL Hosts with the Campus Satellite 6 Server

What is the Name of the Campus Satellite Server?

The Satellite 5 server's web login no longer works.  What do we do?

The IST UNIX team has replaced the Satellite 5 server ( with a Satellite 6 server (
If you had Web login access to the Satellite 5 server, refer to this article to regain access to it:

Terms and Limitations

  1. Your key is valid for use on a limited number of Red Hat Enterprise Linux system. If you have multiple systems please provide the number in the request.

  2. You may only use our satellite service for updates as long as you continue your qualifying affiliation with UC Berkeley (faculty, student or staff). Should you leave the University and no longer be eligible for this service you must procure your own license from Red Hat for updates or stop using the system completely. We may verify continued eligibility from time to time and may require that you respond to an email sent to your default email address in the campus CalNet Directory (
  3. You must use your key to register a system within 3 months from the date of issue or the key may be canceled.
  4. If your registered system has not contacted the UC Berkeley satellite server in over 3 months we may de‐activate your system's access to the update service.
  5. This free update service for the campus is provided without any professional systems administration support or service. For IST systems administration services please see the IST Service Catalog.