Red Hat Bugzilla – Bug 134884
Registration of a new RHEL3 computer is confusing.
Last modified: 2007-11-30 17:07:04 EST
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Description of problem:
At TRIUMF, we are almost exclusively a "Red Hat" linux shop (a mix of
7.x, 8.0, 9 and Fedora), but this is my first exposure to the RH
"Enterprise 3" linux, and I see a problem with registering a brand new
Dell machine with the RHN. This is what happens:
After booting the brand new Dell machine (RHEL3 preinstalled by Dell)
and logging in as root, I click on the blinking red "!" RHN icon. The
RHN applet starts up and nicely guides me through "do this, do that"
screens, contacts RHN, logs into my RHN account, registers my system,
All good, until I hit a dead end: an "up2date registration" screen
sais "This system has been successfully registered, but the channel
subscriptions were exhausted" and the "Forward >" button is grayed
out. Dead end: no gui buttons to push except "Cancel" and "< Back"; no
visible instructions on what to do next.
Now, I am holding in my hands my "Red Hat(R) Service Activation Card"
with the 16 hex digit "Product ID" printed on it, but what do I do
with it?!? How do I tell RHN "here is my subscription entitlement!" ?!?
I expected that the RHN registration gui would eventually ask me
"please enter your activation key here: ", but it did not.
The printed text on the "activation card" does not have any activation
This failure of the first-impression "user interface" and "user
experience" is very bad and should be fixed ASAP (Why? Read up Nielsen
Version-Release number of selected component (if applicable):
Steps to Reproduce:
1. Buy a RHEL3WS kit
2. Install it on a new box
3. Try to register
Actual Results: Cannot register with RHN: RHN thinks that my RHEL3 is
Expected Results: RHN registration process should ask me for the
"product activation ID" and register my subscription entitlement.
FWIW you can go to http://www.redhat.com/now and enter the activation
code before you try to register the new system with rhn and it should
This bug is filed against RHEL 3, which is in maintenance phase.
During the maintenance phase, only security errata and select mission
critical bug fixes will be released for enterprise products. Since
this bug does not meet that criteria, it is now being closed.
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information on how this bug is affecting you.