Chapter 17. Red Hat Network
Red Hat Network is an Internet solution for managing one or more Red Hat Enterprise Linux systems.
All Security Alerts, Bug Fix Alerts, and Enhancement Alerts
(collectively known as Errata Alerts) can be downloaded directly from
Red Hat using the Red Hat Update Agent standalone application
or through the RHN website available at https://rhn.redhat.com/.
Red Hat Network saves you time because you receive email when updated packages are
released. You do not have to search the Web for updated packages or security
alerts. By default, Red Hat Network installs the packages as well. You do not have to
learn how to use RPM or worry about resolving software package dependencies;
RHN does it all.
Red Hat Network features include:
Errata Alerts — learn when Security Alerts, Bug Fix Alerts,
and Enhancement Alerts are issued for all the systems in your
Figure 17-2. Relevant Errata
Automatic email notifications — Receive an email
notification when an Errata Alert is issued for your system(s)
Scheduled Errata Updates — Schedule delivery of
Package installation — Schedule package installation on one
or more systems with the click of a button
Red Hat Update Agent — Use the
Red Hat Update Agent to download the latest software
packages for your system (with optional package installation)
Red Hat Network website — Manage multiple systems, downloaded
individual packages, and schedule actions such as Errata Updates
through a secure Web browser connection from any computer
You must activate your Red Hat Enterprise Linux product before registered your system with
Red Hat Network to make sure your system is entitled to the correct services. To
activate your product, go to:
After activating your product, register it with Red Hat Network to receive Errata
Updates. The registration process gathers information about the system that
is required to notify you of updates. For example, a list of packages
installed on the system is compiled so you are only notified about updates
that are relevant to your system.
The first time the system is booted, the
Setup Agent prompts you to register. If you
did not register then, select (the main menu on the
on your desktop to start the registration process. Alternately, execute the
command up2date from a shell prompt.
Figure 17-3. Registering with RHN
After registering, use one of the following methods to start receiving
Select (the main menu on the
on your desktop
Execute the command up2date from a shell
Use the RHN website at https://rhn.redhat.com/
For more detailed instructions, refer to the documentation available at:
Red Hat Enterprise Linux includes the Red Hat Network Alert Notification Tool, a convenient
panel icon that displays visible alerts when there is an update for your
Red Hat Enterprise Linux system.