When managing large organizations with many admins of different levels
I have a big problem with folks that reinstall machines for whatever
reason but leaving the old entitlement in RHN.
Its pretty clear how this may affect billing. Including billing where
the Office of the President charges NCSU who charges each College
which, in turn, charges departments and research groups.
I would like to suggest that entitlements where the coresponding
machine has not checked in in X days be removed from RHN. The time
frame should be configurable. (Never or X number of days.) This
feature should be configurable both at a site-wide level and
Ah, as an example:
The UNC System's RHN account currently has 1466 entitlements. 498 of
them are "inactive." That's 34%.
We have generally avoided trying to put a policy in place as every
customer tends to have different requirements for this. Some want it
based on time, some customers want a set of systems that they never
I'll escalate this to our feature queue.
FYI : you should be able to implement this through RHN XMLRPC APIs to
whatever policy you would like.
If you need help with APIs, you can of course contact Red Hat Support
Services, who can even provide you with example scripts which use
You can do this using script
It is already in RHN Satellite 5.4
you can run it as:
delete-old-systems-interactive.pl -f --idle 20d