No-Cost, Self-Supported RHEL up to 16 systems under Individual Developer Subscription for RHEL

From RHEL, “No-cost RHEL for small production workloads and customer development teams

We’re addressing this by expanding the terms of the Red Hat Developer program so that the Individual Developer subscription for RHEL can be
used in production for up to 16 systems. That’s exactly what it sounds like: for small production use cases, this is no-cost, self-supported RHEL.
You need only to sign in with a free Red Hat account (or via single sign-on through GitHub, Twitter, Facebook, and other accounts) to download
RHEL and receive updates. Nothing else is required. This isn’t a sales program and no sales representative will follow up. An option will exist within
the subscription to easily upgrade to full support, but that’s up to you.


The updated Individual Developer subscription for RHEL will be available no later than February 1, 2021.

CentOS Project is shifting to CentOS Stream

The CentOS project recently announced a shift in strategy for CentOS.

  • It will be shifting to an upstream build (testing patches and updates before inclusion in the upstream vendor).
  • Additionally, support for CentOS Linux 8 has been cut short, from May 31, 2029 to December 31, 2021.
  • CentOS 7 will continue to be supported as a downstream version of RHEL 7 till Jun 2024.



Where do we go from here? We can look at Rocky Linux. Rocky Linux aims to function as a downstream build as CentOS had done previously, building releases after they have been added by the upstream vendor, not before. Rocky Linux is led by Gregory Kurtzer, founder of the CentOS project.


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Joining RHEVM-Manage-Domain tool to join AD Domain

Do note that for Red Hat Enterprise Virtualization you must attach a directory server to the Manager using the Domain Management Tool, engine-manage-domains. This configuration sis for RHEV 3.5
Active Directory
Identity Management (IdM)
Red Hat Directory Server 9 (RHDS 9)

# rhevm-manage-domains add --domain=your_active_directory_domain --user=spmstest --provider=ad

Restart the ovirt-engine

# service ovirt-engine restart

Install Windows 7 with VirtIO Drivers on RHEV 3.4

One of the best ways to improve the performance of Microsoft Windows guest is to use paravirtualised devices and drivers for KVM in the guests. This provides close to bare performance (up to 95%). These drivers are provided by the virtio-win RPM packages in the RHEL.

1. The virtio-win packages can be found on RHEL server /usr/share/virtio-win/

# ls -l /usr/share/virtio-win/
drwxr-xr-x. 4 root root      4096 Oct 13 10:24 drivers
drwxr-xr-x. 2 root root      4096 Oct 13 10:24 guest-agent
-rw-r--r--. 1 root root   2949120 May 29  2014 virtio-win-1.7.1_amd64.vfd
-rw-r--r--. 1 root root 149004288 May 29  2014 virtio-win-1.7.1.iso
-rw-r--r--. 1 root root   2949120 May 29  2014 virtio-win-1.7.1_x86.vfd
lrwxrwxrwx. 1 root root        26 Oct 13 10:24 virtio-win_amd64.vfd -> virtio-win-1.7.1_amd64.vfd
lrwxrwxrwx. 1 root root        20 Oct 13 10:24 virtio-win.iso -> virtio-win-1.7.1.iso
lrwxrwxrwx. 1 root root        24 Oct 13 10:24 virtio-win_x86.vfd -> virtio-win-1.7.1_x86.vfd

You may want to add these images to the ISO Library, you can attach the virtio-drivers-*.vfd image to the virtual floppy drier beofre manually installing Windows

2. The rhev-tools-setup.iso image found in the usr/share/rhev-guest-tools-iso

# ls -l /usr/share/rhev-guest-tools-iso
-rw-r--r--. 1 root root    177272 Jul 29 16:30 LICENSES
-rw-r--r--. 1 root root 350181376 Jul 29 16:30 RHEV-toolsSetup_3.4_9.iso
lrwxrwxrwx. 1 root root        57 Oct 13 10:23 rhev-tools-setup.iso -> /usr/share/rhev-guest-tools-iso/RHEV-toolsSetup_3.4_9.iso
-rw-r--r--. 1 root root       924 Jul 29 16:30 SOURCES

3. Upload drivers and tools to the ISO Storage Domain

# rhevm-iso-uploader -u admin@internal list 
Please provide the REST API password for the admin@internal oVirt Engine user (CTRL+D to abort):
ISO Storage Domain Name   | Datacenter                | ISO Domain Status
dmn_ixora_iso_vol         | RH_Resource               | active
# rhevm-iso-uploader -u admin@internal --iso-domain=dmn_ixora_iso_vol upload  /usr/share/virtio-win/virtio-win-1.7.1_x86.vfd /usr/share/rhev-guest-tools-iso/rhev-tools-setup.iso
Please provide the REST API password for the admin@internal oVirt Engine user (CTRL+D to abort):

4. Create the new VM using the RHEV Manager

Remember to click the “Run Once”
Under the “Boot Option”,
– Attached the virtio-win-1.7.1_amd.vfd to the floppy
– Attached the MS Windows 7 ISO to the CD


5. Update Ethernet Drivers, PCI Simple Communication Controller by attaching the RH

6. Once you have booted to Windows 7, go to Device Manager and run an update for the missing Ethernet, storage controller


You should see
– Red Hat VirtIO SCSI controller,
– Red Hat VirtIO SCSI pass-through controller
– Red Hat VirtIO Ethernet Adapter