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Red Hat Enterprise Linux 9 Essentials Book now available.

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Red Hat Enterprise Linux 9 Essentials Print and eBook (PDF) editions contain 34 chapters and 298 pages

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Chapter 24. Activate Your Subscription

24.1. RHN Registration

Before you can access service and software maintenance information, and the support documentation included in your subscription, you must activate your subscription by registering with Red Hat. Registration includes these simple steps:
  • Provide a Red Hat login
  • Provide an installation number
  • Connect your system
The first time you boot your installation of Red Hat Enterprise Linux, you are prompted to register with Red Hat using the Setup Agent . If you follow the prompts during the Setup Agent , you can complete the registration steps and activate your subscription.

24.1.1. Provide a Red Hat Login

If you do not have an existing Red Hat login, you can create one when prompted during the Setup Agent or online at:
A Red Hat login enables your access to:
  • Software updates, errata and maintenance via Red Hat Network
  • Red Hat technical support resources, documentation, and Knowledgebase
If you have forgotten your Red Hat login, you can search for your Red Hat login online at:

24.1.2. Provide Your Installation Number

Your installation number is located in the package that came with your order. If your package did not include an installation number, your subscription was activated for you and you can skip this step.
You can provide your installation number when prompted during the Setup Agent or by visiting

24.1.3. Connect Your System

The Red Hat Network Registration Client helps you connect your system so that you can begin to get updates and perform systems management. There are three ways to connect:
  1. During the Setup Agent — Check the Send hardware information and Send system package list options when prompted.
  2. After the Setup Agent has been completed — From Applications (the main menu on the panel), go to System Tools , then select Package Updater .
  3. After the Setup Agent has been completed — Run rhn_register from the command line as the root user.

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