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Redhat Linux 6.2 Support Phaseout

Facilities has announced that support for RedHat 6.2 is being phased out, and will terminate March 1, 2005. What this means is that systems running RedHat 6.2 will not receive patches or Facilities support after that date. We would like to assist you with the phaseout of your RedHat 6.2 machine, and offer several options:

1) Outright retirement of the machine. In some cases, the functions of an old machine are no longer needed and the machine is essentially abandoned. In this case, the machine can be retired outright, and removed from support (saving you the support costs for the hardware). Facilities can help by physically removing the hardware and removing the machine from the databases. This is certainly the easiest approach.

2) Upgrading the operating system to a supported version of RedHat. In many cases, the existing hardware can run a newer, supported version of RedHat. If this is the case, Facilities can assist by upgrading the operating system to a supported version, preferably RedHat 9 (RedHat 7.1 is also supported on older hardware that may not support RedHat 9).

3) Upgrading the hardware and operating system. In cases where the existing hardware will not support a supported operating system, Facilities can provide either upgrades to the existing machine (memory, disks, etc) or provide a entire newer machine to replace the existing machine.

4) Do nothing. While support for RedHat 6.2 will be phased out, Facilities will not turn off existing machine that are not upgraded. However, backups will not be performed and repairs will not be possible to these machines.

During the next few months, you should review the functions of the machine(s) listed above and determine the best option for you. Please let Facilities know what your needs are (by sending mail to help@cs.cmu.edu) and we will work with you.