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Spacewalk Installation Tutorial Step by Step On CentOS/RHEL/Fedora/Scientific Linux

Overview :

 

Spacewalk is an open source configuration management tool sponsored by Red Hat. Spacewalk is alternate of Redhat network satellite server on Centos / Fedora / Scientific Linux. Spacewalk is the upstream project for the source of Red Hat Network Satellite.

 

It provides a management interface for software content across registered servers. Some of important Features of Spacewalk are mentioned below :

  • Manage Inventory of Servers (hardware and software information)
  • Install and update software on Servers
  • Manage and deploy configuration files to your systems
  • Monitor your systems / Servers

 

Spacewalk Installation Steps on CentOS / RHEL

 

Step:1  Setup Spacewalk Repo.

 

rpm -Uvh http://yum.spacewalkproject.org/1.9/RHEL/6/x86_64/spacewalk-repo-1.9-1.el6.noarch.rpm

 

Step:2 Setup Additional Repositories.

 

For Spacewalk on RHEL 6 and Fedora, We nee  additional dependencies that are needed from jpackage. Create  a file using below command :

 

cat > /etc/yum.repos.d/jpackage-generic.repo << EOF
[jpackage-generic]
name=JPackage generic
#baseurl=http://mirrors.dotsrc.org/pub/jpackage/5.0/generic/free/
mirrorlist=http://www.jpackage.org/mirrorlist.php?dist=generic&type=free&release=5.0
enabled=1
gpgcheck=1
gpgkey=http://www.jpackage.org/jpackage.asc
EOF

 

Enable EPEL Repository :

 

Spacewalk requires a Java Virtual Machine with version 1.6.0 or greater. EPEL - Extra Packages for Enterprise Linux contains a version of the openjdk that works with Spacewalk.

 

# rpm -Uvh http://dl.fedoraproject.org/pub/epel/6/i386/epel-release-6-8.noarch.rpm

 

Step:3 Spacewalk Database Server Installation

 

Spacewalk uses database to store its primary data , it supports either  PostgreSQL  or Oracle RDBMS. In our case we are using postgresql.

 

# yum install spacewalk-setup-embedded-postgresql

 

Step:4 Installing Spacewalk

 

# yum install spacewalk-postgresql

 

Create a file under /root called “answer” with below contents :

 

# vi /root/answers

admin-email = root@localhost

ssl-set-org = Nextstep4it

ssl-set-org-unit = IT

ssl-set-city = Delhi

ssl-set-state = Delhi

ssl-set-country = IN

ssl-password = spacewalkpasswd

ssl-set-email = root@localhost

ssl-config-sslvhost = Y

db-backend=postgresql

db-name=spacewalkdb

db-user=spacewalk

db-password=spacewalkpasswd

db-host=localhost
db-port=5432

enable-tftp=Y

Configure Spacewalk with an Answer File

 

# spacewalk-setup --disconnected –answer-file=/root/answers

 

After spacewalk-setup is complete , application is ready to use. Above command will create the postgresql database environment for spacewalk and will create ssl certificates and will start the services like tomcat.

 

Step:5 Access the Spacewalk using below URL and set administrative account .

 

Open Web browser and type "https://<Hostname / IP>", replace hostname or ip address according to your setup

 

After Setting the Administrative account , we can login to spacewalk admin GUI:

 

Spacewalk Admin panel

 

Spacewalk Service

 

# /usr/sbin/spacewalk-service [stop|start|restart]

 

Susindran on, 2013-10-28 19:10:36
I am getting below error after given first command, [root]# rpm -Uvh http://yum.spacewalkproject.org/1.9/RHEL/6/x86_64/spacewalk-repo-1.9-1.el6.noarch.rpm Retrieving http://yum.spacewalkproject.org/1.9/RHEL/6/x86_64/spacewalk-repo-1.9-1.el6.noarc
bharat on, 2013-12-05 07:04:23
Installed, can you please let me know how can i use further
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