Information technology tools and resources at the UW
Red Hat Enterprise Linux Software
Red Hat Enterprise Linux (RHEL) is an enterprise-class GNU/Linux distribution.
The campus license of RHEL has expired June 30, 2016 and will not be renewed.
CentOS selected for UW-IT Standard Managed and Hosted servers
UW-IT has selected CentOS for use on Standard Managed Linux servers.
UW-IT selected CentOS as the replacement operating system for two primary reasons: 1) it is an established, well maintained and respected operating system in general, which will continue to provide an enterprise-level solution while looking forward to cloud migration/integration; and 2)CentOS is a direct derivative and binary compatible with RHEL, making the conversion process very simple.
UW-IT converted all 500 Standard Managed Servers (SMS) to CentOS 6 in November 2015. UW-IT’s SMS customers do not need to take any action. In addition, the Standard Managed Server service will begin offering systems using CentOS 7 in May 2016.
Customer-managed systems running on UW-IT infrastructure, known as Standard Hosted Server (SHS) systems, were not updated to CentOS 6 as part of the effort in November since the control and administration of SHS systems are in the hands of each system owner.
For those considering an in-place conversion of their own servers from RHEL to CentOS, the basic concepts found in https://www.pickysysadmin.ca/2014/07/15/how-to-convert-rhel-6-x-to-centos-6-x/ were used successfully for automating conversions. If you would like assistance with converting your systems, UW-IT unix engineers can assist with your custom systems on a hourly consulting basis (for-fee). Send a message to firstname.lastname@example.org with “CentOS conversion consult” in the subject line and they will be in touch.
UW-IT is hosting a mirror for CentOS which is available at http://centos.s.uw.edu/centos for use by anyone at the UW.
If you decide your use case requires the “Red Hat” branded Linux distribution then you will need to ensure your system is appropriately licensed and receiving updates. You may wish to review information provided by Red Hat on the page at:
There is a personal contact available as well:
Red Hat State and Local Government/Education
UW Campus License of RHEL will not be renewed
The campus-wide license of RHEL will not be renewed. Additionally, services under that license, such as a campus mirror for RHEL updates, will not continue to be provided. The license expired June 30, 2016.
- Red Hat Enterprise Linux 7.1 Workstation/Server (disc images, updates) – released 03/2015
- Red Hat Enterprise Linux 7.0 Workstation/Server (disc images, updates) – released 2014
- Red Hat Enterprise Linux 6.6 Workstation/Server (disc images, updates) – released 2014
- Red Hat Enterprise Linux 6.5 Workstation/Server (disc images, updates) – released 2013
The campus license of RHEL expired June 30, 2016 and will not be renewed.
Getting the Software
- Software is no longer available
- Red Hat Documentation
Official Red Hat documentation in PDF, HTML and HTML tarball format.
Contact UWare Software Licensing at email@example.com or call 206-221-5000.