Spacewalk Installation Steps On CentOS / RHEL

Overview :

Spacewalk is an open source configuration management toolsponsored 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 6.X / RHEL 6.X

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 CentOS, 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
Now Install 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 host-name or ip address according to your setup. After Setting the Administrative account , we can login to spacewalk admin GUI:

spacewalk

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

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