1.2.4 Creating Activation Keys for Spacewalk Clients

After you have configured and synchronized the software channels, you must create an activation key so that servers can register to those channels.

Create an activation key for each base channel and architecture you configured. If you configure all the base channels, you need five activation keys, two for Oracle Linux 5 (i386 and x86_64), two for Oracle Linux 6 (i386 and x86_64), and one for Oracle Linux 7 (x86_64).

You synchronize software as follows:

  1. In the Spacewalk web interface, go to Systems, and then Activation Keys.

  2. Click Create New Key.

    Oracle recommends that you enter a meaningful label for the activation key in the Key field and that you do not use automatic key generation.

    Create a key with a label that is easy to understand, for example based on the version number and architecture (oraclelinux6-x86_64), or based on the server type (webserver or appserver). Spacewalk automatically adds a number to the activation key label.

    For example, if you select oraclelinux-x86_64 as the label, the key that is actually created might be called 1-oraclelinux-x86_64. This enables you to create multiple activation keys for the same base channel, each with different configuration options. The name you use is presented during Spacewalk client registration and creating your own key labels helps you to select the right key.