Storing Hardware Support Information on Spacewalk or Red Hat Satellite

Guest post by Eric Nothen, a Red Hat Certified Engineer (RHCE) who is a part of the Red Hat customer reference program and the Red Hat Innovation Advocates.
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If you have any type of Dell assets registered to a Spacewalk or Satellite server, like desktops, laptops, or servers, then there’s a very easy way you can get all of your assets hardware support information saved at Spacewalk or Red Hat Satellite. In case you didn’t know, Dell provides a web service that you can use to query support information, by just providing the service tag of an asset. This valuable information includes shipping date, region, model, plus start and end dates of expired and active contracts. Read more about the web service.

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Manage Solaris with Spacewalk and Red Hat Satellite

by Christian Stankowic (Linux and Unix administrator)

Aside from Linux systems, Oracle Solaris hosts can also be managed using Spacewalk and Red Hat Satellite – a cool feature that is often forgotten.

Bigger companies that are reliant on proprietary Unices due to roadmaps or political reasons might be interested in this for migration purposes. Red Hat takes up the cause of facilitating migrations using this interface. It seems like it was planned to also support other proprietary Unices like IBM AIX or HP-UX – I suppose that is because the Red Hat Satellite documentation always mentions a generic “Unix” and not a particular one. Maybe the support was dropped due to the lack of interest – but that’s only my personal (and arbitrary) assumption.

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