Red Hat Enterprise Linux FAQ


This document covers frequently asked questions around support, migration and licenses when running Red Hat Enterprise Linux (RHEL) on Compute Engine.

General FAQs

What is Red Hat Enterprise Linux on Compute Engine?

Red Hat Enterprise Linux on Compute Engine are any RHEL images that are optimized to run on Compute Engine. These RHEL images enable you to modernize your RHEL workloads on Google Cloud by taking advantage of the scalability, security, and performance of Compute Engine. For more information about Compute Engine, see the Compute Engine overview.

What versions of RHEL are available on Compute Engine?

For a full list of the RHEL versions that are available on Compute Engine, see RHEL operating system details.

Is RHEL for SAP with High Availability and update services available on Compute Engine?

Yes, RHEL for SAP with HA and update services is available on Compute Engine. For a full list of the RHEL versions that are available on Compute Engine, see RHEL operating system details.

How are the public RHEL images made available on Compute Engine?

The RHEL images that are available on Compute Engine are built by Google in partnership with Red Hat.

For images that are in Red Hat's "Full and Maintenance support" phase, Google publishes image updates such as security and other updates as they are made available by Red Hat.

How does billing work for RHEL VMs on Compute Engine?

There are two cost components for RHEL VMs running on Compute Engine:

  • Infrastructure costs for running your RHEL VMs in Compute Engine. For more information, see VM instances pricing.
  • Licensing costs for RHEL or RHEL for SAP. The following licensing options are available:

    • Pay-as-you-go model (PAYG) in Compute Engine. For this option, you pay Google directly.
    • Bring your own subscription (BYOS) using Red Hat Cloud Access. For this option, you use a subscription you have purchased from Red Hat.

    For more information about licensing options on Compute Engine, see Picking the right licensing model for your VMs.

What is the Red Hat Cloud Access program?

The Red Hat Cloud Access program allows you to use eligible Red Hat product subscriptions on Compute Engine. It makes your subscriptions portable to Google Cloud.

You pay Red Hat for license subscriptions and pay Google Cloud only for infrastructure costs incurred. For more information, see Red Hat Cloud Access program.

Are there any further cost optimizations available for running RHEL on Compute Engine?

In addition to the pay-as-you-go (PAYG) license model that allows you to pay for only what you use, your infrastructure costs can be further reduced by taking advantage of committed use discounts. and machine type recommendations.

You can also use the pricing calculator to estimate your costs of running VMs on Compute Engine.

Do your prices include tax?

No, the prices listed are exclusive of applicable taxes and duties, including applicable VAT and applicable sales tax.

Can I create RHEL VMs in my free Google Cloud trial account?

Yes, you can create RHEL VMs in Compute Engine on your free trial account.

You will incur charges for any Cloud Marketplace products and premium operating system licenses you use, even if your Compute Engine use is covered by Always Free. For more information, see Google Cloud Marketplace products and Premium OS licenses.

Support FAQs

How is support offered for pay-as-you-go (PAYG) RHEL licenses on Compute Engine?

When you are running PAYG RHEL images on Compute Engine, access to Google Cloud Support is included in the contract. When you have issues with these images, contact Google Cloud Support. You do not need to contact Red Hat separately. Google will work with Red Hat to solve issues needing escalation.

Google Cloud offers different support packages to meet different needs, such as 24/7 coverage, phone support, and access to a technical support manager. For more information, see Google Cloud Support.

How is support offered for bring your own subscription (BYOS) licenses on Compute Engine?

If you bring your own Red Hat Cloud Access subscription to Google Cloud, you will receive support directly from Red Hat.

To access support, file issues directly to Red Hat by logging into your Red Hat Customer Portal.

For detailed Red Hat product documentation, see the Red Hat Customer Portal.

How can I be notified when updates are available for RHEL?

To be notified when updates are made available by Red Hat, subscribe to Red Hat Security Announcements.

All RHEL VMs running on Compute Engine receive updates shortly after these updates are made available from Red Hat. You can then install these updates by using standard RHEL packaging tools.

These updates are made available to the RHEL images that are provided by Compute Engine as outlined in the Operating system lifecycle and support policy.

Are there any restrictions on the machine types supported for RHEL on Compute Engine?

RHEL is supported by all machine types in all regions. For more information about machine types, see the Machine types.

In addition to the different machine configurations, RHEL can also be run on multi-tenant nodes or Sole-tenant nodes.

What are the SAP certified machine types on Compute Engine?

SAP and Google Cloud certify both major and minor releases of RHEL on the machine types that are available on Compute Engine.

SAP maintains the current list of supported machine types. For more information, see SAP IaaS Hardware Directory.

Does Google Cloud provide Extended Lifecycle Support for RHEL versions post the End of Maintenance phase?

Yes, Google does provide Extended Lifecycle Support (ELS) for End-of-Maintenance RHEL versions. ELS is currently available for RHEL 6, which reached its end of maintenance (EOM) on November 30, 2020.

For more information, see Appending RHEL 6 ELS licenses.

License FAQs

How does pay-as-you-go (PAYG) licenses work for RHEL on Compute Engine?

You pay for only what you use. This model allows you to take advantage of Google Cloud's partnership with Red Hat for pay-as-you-go licenses that scale with your elastic workloads. This allows you to pay for exactly what you need when your workloads spike, rather than paying a predetermined amount through fixed agreements.

RHEL licenses associated with these images are charged in one-second increments, with a one-minute minimum. To see additional pricing details, see the premium images pricing documentation.

Image options for PAYG:

  • Use Google Cloud's premium RHEL and RHEL for SAP with HA images that have PAYG licenses already attached.
  • Bring your own image into Google Cloud by using either image import or Migrate for Compute Engine and attach a PAYG license to it.

All PAYG billing is handled through Google; there is no need for a separate agreement with Red Hat.

How does the bring your own subscription (BYOS) license model work for RHEL on Compute Engine?

You will need an active Red Hat Cloud Access subscription to specify your own license on RHEL images in Compute Engine.

To check whether your subscriptions are eligible for the Red Hat Cloud Access program, see the Red Hat Cloud Access program overview, and review the entitlement unit conversion for Red Hat Cloud Access subscriptions.

You will pay Google only for compute infrastructure costs and will have a separate license agreement with Red Hat.

Can I switch from PAYG to BYOS or BYOS to PAYG?

Currently, switching between these two licensing options is not supported on Compute Engine.

Can I use Google provided RHEL images and specify a BYOS license?

Yes, you can use BYOS with Google provided RHEL images. To do this, contact your Google Cloud technical account manager.

Migration FAQs

Can I use my own RHEL images on Compute Engine?

Yes, you can add VM instances, custom images, or disks that are available in an existing environment (such as on-premise or on other cloud providers) to Compute Engine. Multiple solutions are available to import your RHEL images to Google Cloud. For more information, see Choosing an import method.

You can also take advantage of your existing agreement with Red Hat and specify your own license while importing your images into Compute Engine. For this option, you will need an eligible Red Hat Cloud Access subscription to specify your own license on RHEL images in Compute Engine.

How do I get started with a RHEL VM on Compute Engine?

To create a new RHEL VM instance on Google Compute Engine, see the Quickstart using a Linux VM guide. When creating the VM, on the public images tab, choose a RHEL version.

To migrate an instance running RHEL on-premise or on other clouds to Google Cloud, see Choosing an import method.

You can add VM instances, custom images, or disks that are available in an existing environment, such as on-premise or on other cloud providers, to Compute Engine.

To migrate an instance running RHEL on-premise or on other clouds to Google Cloud, see Choosing an import method.

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