Note: Currently this feature is only relevant for Red Hat customers who import subscription manifests, but will be available to all Katello users in a future version.
Simple Content Access is a feature to simplify subscription management. When an organization has Simple Content Access enabled, content hosts don’t need to subscribe to a product in order to access product content. Instead, content hosts will automatically see any repositories published into their selected content view and lifecycle environment.
To turn Simple Content Access on or off, navigate to either of the following places:
If the checkbox is not present, or the toggle switch is disabled, it could be for one of the following reasons:
Note that toggling Simple Content Access will cause a manifest refresh. When the task is complete, you’ll get a notification in the notification drawer.
If Simple Content Access is turned on or off from Katello, changes will be reflected immediately in the Red Hat Customer Portal.
If Simple Content Access is turned on or off from outside Katello (e.g. the Red Hat Customer Portal), the changes will be reflected in Katello upon the next manifest refresh.
To see if Simple Content Access is enabled for an organization, look at one of the following places:
Using Simple Content Access simplifies the workflow in several places in Katello:
When using content (such as EPEL) relevant only to certain OS versions, previously it was common to create different custom products for each OS version. Content hosts using that OS version could then subscribe to that product, and thus only have access to the relevant content. However, since custom products are always enabled by default, and Simple Content Access allows all content hosts to access all products, this workflow is not possible with Simple Content Access enabled.
Instead, you can use the Restrict to OS Version feature. This will allow content to only be available on content hosts with the selected operating system.
subscription-manager refresh on the content host to regenerate the entitlement certificates.
subscription-manager repos on the content host, and note that the repository is listed or not listed as appropriate. (Note that the product enabled/disabled status will not change in the Repository Sets details or anywhere else in the web UI.)
Note: Currently the Restrict to OS Version feature works only with Red Hat Enterprise Linux, and is not supported on RHEL 6.9 and older.