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In this installment of our series on setting up Red Hat Satellite for VMware to provision virtual machines (VMs) from Satellite, we are going to work on integrating the VMware resources with Red Hat Satellite. 

First, we're going to pre-define hardware settings for a virtual machine in Satellite by creating a compute profile. On the Satellite Console chose Infrastructure -> Compute Profiles.

On the Compute Profiles page, click the blue Create Compute Profile button.

On the Compute Profiles > Create Compute Profile, enter cp-vmware-small for the Name and click the blue Submit button.

On the Compute Profiles > cp-vmware-small page click the cr-vcenter link to define the new compute profile cp-vmware-small.

We will now define the configuration of the Red Hat Enterprise Linux (RHEL) VM that will be provisioned to VMWare from Satellite. We will mostly accept default values. Configuration changes are listed in the following table.





Guest OS

Red Hat Enterprise Linux 8 (64 bit)

Virtual H/W version

14 (EXSi 6.7)



Create SCSI controller

VMware Paravirtual




20 GB

Thin Provision


NIC type



VM Network

The next two screenshots show what your configuration should look like. Click the blue Submit button when you have finished with the configuration. You will be returned to the Compute Profiles > cp-vmware-small page.

We will now define a host group within Satellite as a way to bring all these parts together to provision a RHEL 8.3 VM on VMWare.

On the side menu choose Configure -> Host Groups.

On the Host Groups page make sure that you have Operations Department and moline selected for Organization and Location. Click the blue Create Host Group button.

On the Host Groups > Create Host Group page, we will start filling in or selectiong the options on the Host Group Tab

Host Group Tab:





Lifecycle Environment


Content View


Content Source

Deploy On


Compute Profile


Now click on the Network tab. Fill in or selection the follow optons.

Network Tab:




IPv4 Subnet


Now click on the Operating System tab. Fill in these options.

Operating System Tab:





Operating System

RedHat 8.3

Check the Locations and Organizations tab to make sure that moline is set for Locations and Operations Department is set for Organizations.

Now click on the Activation Key tab. Fill in ak-ops-rhel8--prem-server in the Activation Keys text field. Click the blue Submit button.

One last option to configure and we are ready to test our deployment. When I de-provision a VM running on vSphere from Satellite, I want the VM deleted. To enable this capability Administer -> Settings from the side menu.

On the Settings page in the Filter/Search text field, enter "Destroy associated VM on host delete" and click the Search button. The result will show the Destroy associated VM on host delete option. Click on the pencil (edit) icon.

A dialog box will pop up with the title Update value for Destroy associated VM on host delete setting. Click the drop down and choose Yes, and click the blue Submit button to accept the changed value. The setting is now updated.

And that's how we integrate the VMware resources with Red Hat Satellite. In the next and final post in the series, we'll dive into RHEL VM provisioning. 


Provisioning RHEL virtual machines to vSphere from Red Hat Satellite

Isometric thumbnail image, abstract In this multi-part tutorial, we cover how to provision Red Hat Enterprise Linux (RHEL) virtual machines (VMs) to a vSphere environment from Red Hat Satellite. Missed any steps in the series? Check them out:



Paul Lucas is a Chicagoland-based Red Hat Solutions Architect working with a variety of enterprise businesses. A 21 year technical sales veteran, Paul was previously a customer working at a benefits consulting firm, where he advised development teams on the use of Java and the then-emerging Java EE.

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