Red Hat Bugzilla – Bug 110320
Problem with RHN documentation
Last modified: 2015-03-03 17:38:12 EST
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Description of problem:
Customer: Buffalo Univeristy
Product : RHN Proxy
reference : Issue tracker: 29210
We have purchased your RHEN Proxy service and I have found the
following problems with the documentation associated with this
1. The version numbers are confusing. When you login to
http://rhn.redhat.com and click on \"Help\", the documents have
version numbers printed on them, such as \"1.1\", \"2.8\", \"2.9\".
Do these version numbers refer to the documentation itself, or
software? If they are software version numbers, which piece of
software to they refer to, and how do I check which version we are
2. A couple of weeks ago, I printed out the PDFs of the documents
labled \"2.8\". Today there are versions labled \"2.9\". It would
be nice if an announcement was sent out regarding the publishing of
new versions of the documentation.
3. I would suggest that the documentation include some real-world
examples of how this service is used to better illustrate the use
of \"accounts\", \"groups\", \"system sets\", \"entitlements\",
\"subscriptions\", and \"activation keys\". We are trying to deploy
this system, but we are having difficulty understanding these
concepts so that we may employ them in our environment.
4. It seems that all we can create are managment accounts. For some
of our users, we would like to limit how many machines they may
entitle. This is not really addressed in the documentation. There
is mention of an \"update\" subscription, but it seems that any
entitlement we create has a \"management\" subscription.
5. Is there a way to see who entitled a system? (see the RHN account
that is associated with an entitlement) This does not seem to be
clear in the documentation.
Version-Release number of selected component (if applicable):
Steps to Reproduce:
OK, concerns 1 and 2 will be addressed to a degree in the Cactus
release when all products other than Proxy will be synchronized with a
version of 3.0. Still, the user makes a valid point we should be
notifying users of a switch in versions, either by announcing on the
Web page or sending out an email, perhaps linked to the release notes.
Item 3 is being tracked in a separate feature request:
Items 4 and 5 seem more like feature requests than doc changes. I'm
kicking this over to Product Manager Joe D. for a determination on how
this bug should be handled.
I do not have permission to view bug #109231.
All of these issues have now been resolved. Here's the rundown:
1) The version numbers of the docs now match the RHN website, as can
be seen on the bottom of any webpage.
2) A new version of RHN is released roughly every five weeks.
Currently, no notification is sent, but this is being considered. For
now please check either the Help section for new release notes or the
aforementioned version number at the bottom of webpages to see if a
release has occurred.
3) A guide has been produced to address the concerns expressed in this
item. I've attached a draft (Corporate Account Practices Guide). A
final version is due out this week. If you desire a copy, please
respond in this bug.
4) It is possible your organization purchased only Management
entitlements, making downgrading to the Update service level
impossible. Update entitlements come free with purchases of RHEL.
Remember to use you organization's master account when buying on
5) This reporting functionality does not yet exist in RHN but is on
the table for consideration. Please check the release notes regularly
for features that have been added.
Created attachment 99570 [details]
Corporate Account Practices Guide
Adding firstname.lastname@example.org for wider coverage