How to Create an Activation Key in Red Hat Satellite at U-M


This document includes the steps to create and manage Activation Keys for your Host Collection in Red Hat Satellite at U-M.

How to create an activation key for your Host Collection

  1. Log in to Red Hat Satellite at U-M.
  2. Navigate to Content > Activation keys and click Create Activation Key.
  3. Enter your Host Collection name, a dash, and any text you would like to use to describe the key in the Name field. For example: “Example-MyNewKey.”  Example would be the Host Collection name and MyNewKey would be the description.


  • If you do not enter your Host Collection name and a dash at the beginning of the key name in the Name field, you will not be able to see it after it is created. If this happens, please open a ticket. 
  • Spaces are allowed but not recommended to help simplify usage.
  1. Verify the Unlimited Hosts box is checked. 


  • If you uncheck the Unlimited Hosts box, you must specify a limit (X) to how many times the activation key is used.
  • Once the key is used X number of times, it can no longer be used.
  1. Enter a description of what the activation key is used for in the Description field.
  2. Check the Library box. 
  3. Select Default Organization View from the Content View drop-down menu and click Save.

  1. Click the Subscriptions tab and then click the Add tab. 


  • You will need to add a subscription for any third-party or Red Hat Software you would like to use.
  • You must select a subscription for “Red Hat Enterprise Linux Academic Site Subscription with Smart Management + Satellite, Standard (Server, Desktop, Workstation, POWER, HPC, Per FTE),” which is required by the operating system.
    • There are multiple listings for already registered systems to Satellite and are entitled to run on virtual machines. Do not select any subscriptions related to systems you do not own.
    • The ones you do not want to select will all have an Attached limit of 100 and a Guest of Type. The ones you want to select will have a Physical Type.
  • Additional Red Hat software is available such as “Red Hat Enterprise Linux Extended Life Cycle Support,” which is not covered under the campus license. If you would like to purchase a subscription or other Red Hat software, please open a ticket.
  1. Click Add Selected to associate the subscription(s) with the activation key.

  1. Click the Repository Sets tab and check the Show All box.
  2. Edit any repository you would like to change the status of for systems registered with the activation key.
  3. Click the Host Collections tab and then click the Add tab. Any Host Collections you have access to will be listed. 
  4. Check the box next to the Host Collection that matches the Host Collection in the name of the activation key.


  • If you do not select a Host Collection and then use the activation key, the system will be registered to Satellite, but you will not have permission to view it. If this happens, please open a ticket.
  • It is not recommended to select more than one Host Collection, as that will grant access to the server to multiple MCommunity groups.
  1. Click Add Selected to add the Host Collection to the activation key.


For more information, refer to Red Hat Satellite at U-M Documentation.

Last Updated: 
Friday, September 17, 2021