Getting Red Hat Linux

Migration from RHN to RHSM or RHN Satellite

The user interface for RHN is shutting down July, 2017 and will no longer be supported. Staying on RHN is not recommended. Click to see two migration solutions suggested. If you need help, please feel free to contact John Rose (

Installing Red Hat Enterprise Linux at Iowa State

If you are an Iowa State University faculty member, staff employee, or student IT employee, you can install Red Hat Enterprise Linux (RHEL) on personal equipment. Additionally, University IT staff can install RHEL on university owned systems. In either case, you must start by getting a Red Hat Network account.

Getting a Red Hat Network Account

NOTE: ISU Students can no longer get a Red Hat Network account. If you are an IT staff member (or student employee), you can use the link below to request an RHN account:

You will receive an e-mail with your RHN login and password.

Special Instructions for IT Staff

IT staff who will be managing several RHEL systems, and may be working in a group with other IT staff, should use the special instructions form:

In the special request form, you should indicate that you are requesting an account and key for your IT group, and indicate what other RHN accounts should be associated with your group.

Getting the Medusa Image

Once you have received your activation key, you can install RHEL on your systems. To start the installation, you will need to download a special ISO image that contains several different installation boot images, including several flavors of RHEL and Fedora. The Medusa DVD is located here: