Red Hat Enterprise Linux

Red Hat Enterprise Linux is a commercial distribution from Red Hat that is widely recognized by Independent Software Vendors (ISVs). RHEL is a pretty good choice for Linux users who want a distribution that remains fairly consistent over a long period of time, supports recent hardware, and provides timely updates and bug fixes.

The ISU RHEL Campus Site Subscription

In May, 2004, ISU obtained a campus site subscription for Red hat Enterprise Linux. The subscription allows University-owned computers to be installed with Red Hat Enterprise Linux Advanced Server (AS) or Workstation (WS). Additionally, the agreement allows personal systems owned by University students, faculty, and staff to be installed with RHEL WS. The site subscription provides some additional benefits as well:

  • All machines registered with the site subscription include memberships in the Red Hat Network (RHN) to receive updates and bug fixes automatically.
  • The campus site subscription includes an on-campus Red Hat Network proxy server that stores software updates locally.
  • How Much Does It Cost?

    For now, there is no cost to departments or personal users who wish to access the subscription. There might be some nominal fee to cover the cost of creating RHEL installation CDs if users require them.

    How Do I Get Access to the ISU Campus RHEL

    To get access to the site subscription, users need to request an RHN account using the form [here].

    After you register, you will receive a personal activation key and a login and password to the [RHN]. Administrators of University-owned systems can also request group activation keys for registering multiple machines.

    How Do I Install My Machine?

    You will need to install your system initially from RHEL installation CDs. Alternatively, campus system administrators may choose to use a network-based install procedure. ISOs for installation CDs may either be downloaded from RHN or from the campus [site-licensed software repository].

    You can use the RHEL installer CD to build your system. Additional information about using the RHEL installer can be found [here].

    After the machine is installed, you need will need to download and execute a [bootstrap] script that configures your machine to use the proxy server.

    Finally, you will need to register with RHN using the procedure [here]. It is important that you register your computer using the activation key provided for your account. Registering a machine using your RHN login and password will actually result in a system that you are unable to manage using the RHN web site.