Red Hat Enterprise Linux 6 End of Life

August 13, 2020


Every Red Hat Enterprise Linux (RHEL) product has a life cycle and that life cycle ends when it no longer receives security updates or fixes, software updates, and/or technical support. On Nov. 30, 2020 Red Hat will discontinue support for RHEL 6. Campus policy requires that devices connected to the network run software for which security patches are made available and installed in a timely fashion. After support ends, RHEL 6 will no longer be in compliance with campus policy.


  1. Upgrade to a supported operating system. Red Hat Enterprise Linux (RHEL) subscriptions are available for departments who have a large number of systems and wish to manage their own RHN organization instance, or for individuals. Software download location and links to installation instructions will be provided to individuals with delivery of access keys. Contact to request access.

  2. Remove or retire the system

  3. Apply for a security exception. Exceptions will only be approved if there is a valid reason why the system cannot be upgraded and only allowed in conjunction with purchasing an extended support contract. Submit a security exception as soon as possible, to allow time to implement mitigations needed before End of Life. More information on exception requests here.

Important Dates:

  • Nov. 30, 2020 - ISO will send tickets for all systems running RHEL 6 connected to the campus network (and without an exception on file) requesting the devices be upgraded or removed from the network.