upgrade RHEL from 7.2 to 7.4 - offline


I would like to share my RHEL offline upgrade adventure  after realising that no internet connection in the server.

First of all, I was lucky to have RHEL 7.4 iso file which was compressed with .zip in the RHEL 7.2 server.

Logic is simple;

- unzip RHEL 7.4 file to reveal .iso
- mount it to the server
- configure YUM for upgrade
- upgrade server.

I could not be succeed at my first attempt due to "command not found" message while unpackaging archieve file ;

 unzip rhel-server-7.4-x86_64-dvd.zip

then I found unzip-6.0-1.el6.x86_64.rpm in internet and copied to server

after that I run following command in order to install unzip RPM

yum install unzip-6.0-1.el6.x86_64.rpm

System is now ready to execute;  unzip rhel-server-7.4-x86_64-dvd.zip.

I eventually handle ISO file.

It was good time to mount ISO file to start upgrade process:

1- make directory which will host ISO file as a new drive

mkdir /media/rhel74

2- mount iso file to the newly created directory

 mount -o loop rhel-server-7.4-x86_64-dvd.iso /media/rhel74

3- take discinfo id to be used during YUM configuration

head -n1 /media/rhel74/.discinfo

Take a note of the number. Number can be following format : 1499751070.690815

4- create repo file for YUM

vi /etc/yum.repos.d/RHEL_7_Disc.repo

5- append following command to the newly created file via VI




6- save and quit
7- yum update
/* upgrade will start. it may take 10 minutes */
8- verify version by following command:
cat /etc/redhat-release

once you complete upgrade, you can unmount drive and rollback what you create.
1- unmount /media/rhel74/
2- rmdir unmount /media/rhel74/
3- rm /etc/yum.repos.d/RHEL_7_Disc.repo

good luck.


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