Spacewalk Installation & Configuration on CentOS 7

Spacewalk is an open source Linux systems management solution that can be used to create inventories of your systems, develop kick starts and deploy system wide configuration files. In this article we will look on how to install spacewalk on CentOS7.

Spacewalk Installation & Configuration on CentOS 7
Spacewalk logo source: spacewalk website

Server Information

Host Name:

IP Address:

Operating System : CentOS 7

Step 1: Install EPEL repository & Spacewalk Repository

#yum install epel-release -y

#yum install -y yum-plugin-tmprepo

#yum install -y spacewalk-repo --tmprepo= --nogpg

Step 2: Install the database server and Spacewalk packages

#yum -y install spacewalk-setup-postgresql

#yum -y install spacewalk-postgresql

Step 3: Configure the Firewalld

firewall-cmd --add-service=http
firewall-cmd --add-service=https
firewall-cmd --runtime-to-perm

Step 4: Configure the hosts file

replace the server name and IP address with your spacewalk server name

#vim /etc/hosts   localhost localhost.localdomain localhost4 localhost4.localdomain4
::1         localhost localhost.localdomain localhost6 localhost6.localdomain6 spacewalk

save the file wq:!

Step 5: Install Spacewalk

#spacewalk-setup --skip-fqdn-test

  • Setting up SELinux..
    ** Database: Setting up database connection for PostgreSQL backend.
    ** Database: Installing the database:
    ** Database: This is a long process that is logged in:
    ** Database:   /var/log/rhn/install_db.log
    *** Progress: #
    ** Database: Installation complete.
    ** Database: Populating database.
    *** Progress: ############################
  • Configuring tomcat.
  • Setting up users and groups.
    ** GPG: Initializing GPG and importing key.
    ** GPG: Creating /root/.gnupg directory
    You must enter an email address.
    Admin Email Address?
  • Performing initial configuration.
  • Configuring apache SSL virtual host.
    Should setup configure apache's default ssl server for you (saves original ssl.conf) [Y]? y
    ** /etc/httpd/conf.d/ssl.conf has been backed up to ssl.conf-swsave
  • Configuring jabberd.
  • Creating SSL certificates.
    CA certificate password?
    You must enter a password.
    CA certificate password?
    Re-enter CA certificate password?
    Cname alias of the machine (comma seperated)? spacewalk
    Organization? spacewalk
    Organization Unit []? spacewalk
    Email Address []?
    City? spacewalk city
    State? spacewalk state
    Country code (Examples: "US", "JP", "IN", or type "?" to see a list)? US
    ** SSL: Generating CA certificate.
    ** SSL: Deploying CA certificate.
    ** SSL: Generating server certificate.
    ** SSL: Storing SSL certificates.
  • Deploying configuration files.
  • Update configuration in database.
  • Setting up Cobbler..
    Cobbler requires tftp and xinetd services be turned on for PXE provisioning functionality. Enable these services [Y]? y
  • Restarting services.

Finally After the installation is completed you should be able to see this

Step 6 : Use your favorite browser to navigate to spacewalk server web administration

Fill out your admin information and click create organization button