Red Hat Satellite v6 (Foreman/Katello) Administration


Foreman and Katello together are the extremely popular enterprise infrastructure management solution. Red Hat Inc. rebrands Foreman and Katello as Red Hat Satellite v6.

Foreman and Katello allow complete lifecycle management of Linux servers from a single management console. The main features include the ability to centrally provision new servers whether bare metal, private cloud/virtualization platforms, or in the public cloud. After the servers are provisioned, Foreman supports centralized configuration management of the servers using Puppet, Ansible, Salt or Chef. Foreman's Katello plugin allows for versioned content repositories to move through defined life cycles such as DEV, QA, and PROD as well as errata management. Finally, when used with official Red Hat Subscriptions allows for complete subscription management.

Although Foreman can provision and manage virtually all Linux distributions, it is especially prevalent in large Red Hat Enterprise Linux environments where is it is deployed as Red Hat Satellite v6.

This 4-day course provides comprehensive hands on coverage all the of the major features starting from best practices in installation and initial configuration, managing subscriptions, products and repositories, content views, lifecycles, activation keys, system registration of existing system, bare metal and virtualization provisioning including discovery, provisioning templates, configuration management with puppet, IdM integration, smart proxies/capsule servers, virt-who, and subscription management. Additionally, the course covers the differences between Red Hat's Satellite v6 and the open source upstream Foreman and Katello.

Foreman and Katello are rather complex and students who take this class will feel comfortable deploying, configuring using best practices and managing it day to day.


An intermediate knowledge of the Linux operating system is required. The equivalent knowledge can be found in the "Linux Fundamentals" and "Enterprise Linux Systems Administration" courses.

Course duration

4 days

Supported Distributions:

Red Hat Enterprise Linux 7

Course outline

  1. Overview & Installation
    1. What is Satellite 6?
    2. What is Satellite v5 vs v6?
    3. Satellite v6 Architecture
    4. Satellite v6 Component Versions
    5. Satellite v6 vs Foreman/Katello
    6. Deployment Planning and Considerations
    7. Satellite Installation and Configuration Changes
    Lab Tasks
    1. Katello Node Prep
    2. Preparing to Install Katello
    3. Katello Installer
  2. Initial Configuration
    1. Hammer
    2. Managing Subscriptions
    3. Infrastructure
    4. Products and Repositories
    5. Content Views
    6. Lifecycle Management
    7. Activation Keys
    Lab Tasks
    1. CLI Administration with Hammer
    2. Domain and Subnet Configuration
    3. Custom Product Creation and Repository Syncing
    4. Enabling CentOS Errata Processing
    5. Life Cycle Environment Path Creation
    6. Content View Creation
    7. Activate Key Creation
  3. Registering Existing Hosts
    1. Manual System Registration
    2. Manual Katello Agent
    3. Manual Puppet Agent
    4. Automated Registration and Agent Install
    Lab Tasks
    1. IdM Node Prep
    2. Exiting System Registration
    3. Controlling A Host From Satellite
  4. Puppet Integration
    1. Configuration Management
    2. Foreman Puppet Integration
    3. Puppet Architecture
    4. Puppet Terms
    5. Puppet Documentation and Forge
    6. Masterless Puppet
    7. Example Manifest
    8. Puppet Facts, Variables, and Parameters
    9. Build and Maintain Custom Modules
    10. Adding Puppet Modules To Satellite
    11. Puppet stdlib Module
    12. Puppet Classes
    13. Run Puppet Classes On Specified Hosts
    Lab Tasks
    1. Puppet Hello World
    2. Managing Users With Puppet
    3. Creating A Puppet Module
    4. Applying and Managing Puppet Modules With SAT6
  5. Identity Management Integration
    1. External Authentication for Provisioned Hosts
    2. What Is FreeIPA?
    3. FreeIPA IdM Integration Steps
    4. FreeIPA IdM Host Groups
    Lab Tasks
    1. FreeIPA IdM Server Installation & Configuration
    2. Satellite IdM Integration Setup
  6. Provisioning New Systems
    1. Provisioning Systems With Satellite/Foreman
    2. Foreman Host Groups & Parameters
    3. Installation Media
    4. Partition Tables
    5. Provisioning Templates
    6. Operating Systems
    7. Compute Profiles
    8. Bare Metal Provisioning
    9. Cloud Provisioning
    10. Private Virtualization Provisioning
    11. RHEL for Virtual Datacenters Subscription
    Lab Tasks
    1. Foreman Discovery Configuration
    2. Installation Media & Operating System Configuration
    3. Host Group Configuration
    4. Creating Parameters & Customizing Provisioning Templates
    5. Adding a Repository to a Kickstart Templates
    6. Provisioning a new host from a discovered host
  7. Virtualization Integration Lab Tasks
    1. KVM Node Prep
    2. KVM System Registration
    3. KVM System Virtualzation Configuration
    4. SAT6 KVM Compute Resource Creation
    5. SAT6 Provision a Virtual Machine
    6. SAT6 virt-who Configuration

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