Short tip: RHEL7 channels not available to Red Hat Satellite 5.6

It is possible that RHEL7 channels aren’t available to Red Hat Satellite even though you’re having a valid Red Hat Enterprise Linux subscription.

The appropriate software channel (rhel-x86_64-server-7) is not part of the list of available channels – it also cannot be downloaded manually:

# satellite-sync --list-channels|grep "server-*7"
# satellite-sync -c rhel-x86_64-server-7
16:17:48 Red Hat Satellite - live synchronization
...
16:23:23 ERROR: these channels either do not exist or are not available:
16:23:23        rhel-x86_64-server-7
16:23:23        (to see a list of channel labels: /usr/bin/satellite-sync --list-channels)
Satellite-Zertifikat herunterladen

Satellite-Zertifikat herunterladen

The solution was pretty simple in my case – I fixed it by re-generating the Satellite certificate and re-activating the server at Red Hat Network. To do this you need so select your appropriate Satellite system in RHN beneath the following folder structure:

Subscriptions > Subscription management > Satellite

Select the button “Download Satellite Certificate” in the following form. The downloaded XML file is transfered to the server and the is system re-activated using rhn-satellite-activate afterwards. In my case all needed software channels were available immediately:

# scp HOSTNAME.xml root@IP:/tmp
# rhn-satellite-activate --rhn-cert=/tmp/HOSTNAME.xml
# satellite-sync --list-channels|grep "server-*7"
...
16:28:01       . rhel-x86_64-server-7                     4459
16:28:03    rhel-x86_64-server-7:
16:28:03       . rhel-x86_64-server-7-debuginfo           1949
16:28:03       . rhel-x86_64-server-7-thirdparty-oracle-java   16
16:28:03       . rhel-x86_64-server-7-thirdparty-oracle-java-beta    0
16:28:03       . rhn-tools-rhel-x86_64-server-7             20
16:28:03       . rhn-tools-rhel-x86_64-server-7-debuginfo    0
...

I’d like to thank Markus Koch from Red Hat GmbH who was able to help me with this issue quickly. 🙂

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