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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 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 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 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:

Thomas Anderson
Red Hat State and Local Government/Education
615-761-5790 (Office)

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

License Details

The campus license of RHEL expired June 30, 2016 and will not be renewed.

Red Hat Enterprise Linux is available through a contract negotiated by UW-IT. Unlimited campus-wide use of Red Hat Linux products and subscriptions to the Red Hat Network update service are included in this contract. Under this contract, subscriptions (also known as entitlements) are available for use on University-owned computers in server, workstation and client configurations. Subscriptions for all versions are also available for use on hardware personally owned by currently enrolled students, and/or currently employed, staff or faculty. Personal-use subscriptions do not allow the product to be used for commercial business activity.

You must remove the software from the personally owned computer as soon as your affiliation with the University of Washington ends.

No support is available from Red Hat for any system taking advantage of the campus subscription. If you require support from Red Hat, you will have to purchase a subscription directly through Red Hat. Personal-use subscriptions do not allow the product to be used for non-UW business activity. If your personal use would entail non-UW business activity you need to purchase a subscription from Red Hat. Contact a Red Hat Sales representative for more information.

A subscription entitles you to install any currently available version of Red Hat Linux, to upgrade to any new version released and to keep your Red Hat Linux systems up to date by using the UW Red Hat Network Satellite server.

UW Red Hat satellite server synchronizes with Red Hat repositories automatically twice a day at 05:20 and 17:20.

Getting the Software

  • Software is no longer available

Getting Help


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Licensing Questions

Contact UWare Software Licensing at or call 206-221-5000.