Noted on the Dell blog, the auto-entitlement system we rolled out to the US and Europe a few years ago is finally available worldwide. What is auto-entitlement, you ask?
If you’ve ever purchased a Red Hat Enterprise Linux subscription when purchasing a Dell PowerEdge server, shrink-wrapped alongside the CDs is a “registration card”, with a long string of numbers on it. Upon unboxing your system, you had to a) not throw away that card; b) not lose that card; c) get that card to some responsible party at your organization; d) ensure that responsible party went to http://redhat.com/activate to activate the subscription, using the number on that card. See how many steps that took? Can you guess how many ways something could go wrong in the process?
With auto-entitlement, the system administrator is able to simply log their new system into Red Hat Network the first time they use it (as they would to get updates and to manage their system). Red Hat Network is then smart enough to recognize that the system was purchased from Dell, knows the subscription type and duration, and Bob’s your Uncle. No registration card to lose, no extra steps to take. Oh, and if you manage to blow away the hard disk image and re-install RHEL before connecting to Red Hat Network for the first time – no worries – auto-entitlement will still work.
Oh, and while we’re at it, the new 5-year RHEL subscription matches the available 5-year ProSupport hardware service contract, so there’s never any mess with having out-of-sync support subscriptions.
Just two more ways Dell ensures Linux, in this case Red Hat Enterprise Linux, “Just Works”.