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LinuxToday.com.au: An Analysis of The Red Hat Network - Part 2

Oct 18, 2000, 07:03 (0 Talkback[s])
(Other stories by hawkeyes)

[ Thanks to renai43 for this link. ]

"OK, last week we took a quick look at Red Hat's new business initiative, the Red Hat Network (RHN). This week we're going to get jiggy with some of the system administration issues that the RHN forces us to consider when dealing with it."

"The first thing that you will need to know is that currently only Red Hat Linux 7 is supported by the RHN, although soon 6.2 will also be supported. So if your company is running an old 5.2 box, as well you might be, for 5.2 was quite a reliable release, then forget about the RHN. It's not supported. I very much doubt that many people are running version 7 of Red Hat Linux on trusted servers yet anyhow, so this is more of an option you might want to look at when you start installing new Red Hat servers."

"Secondly, using the RHN will involve a little daemon running on supported machines. This daemon is called the 'rhnsd' or Red Hat Network Service Daemon, and it's run via the normal init scripts. A simple way to turn this on and off is to use the utility 'ntsysv' which is packaged with Red Hat. Saves you all the hassle of modifying those scripts yourself. On the systems I was looking at, this daemon did not seem to take up much system resources at all. If you're worried, try running 'top'."

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