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Hardware Certification Frequently Asked Questions

  1. What is the Red Hat Hardware Certification Program?
  2. What is the Red Hat Hardware Catalog?
  3. What happened to the Certified and Compatible hardware statuses?
  4. For which versions of Red Hat Enterprise Linux is a hardware certification valid?
  5. How do I insure that my hardware can be quickly certified by Red Hat?
  6. How do I find the components of a certified hardware system for Red Hat Enterprise Linux 4?
  7. How do find out more about the Hardware Certification Program, and who do I contact to participate?
  8. What does "Notes apply to this Certification" mean?

What is the Red Hat Hardware Certification Program?

The Red Hat Hardware Certification Program is designed to provide a list of tested and supported hardware with various version of Red Hat Enterprise Linux in compliance with the Hardware Certification Policies. For more information, please download the Hardware Certification Program Brief.

What is the Red Hat Hardware Catalog?

The Red Hat Hardware Catalog allows users of Red Hat Enterprise Linux to identify hardware that has been tested by Red Hat and confirm whether that hardware is also supported by Red Hat. It also is an added benefit for Hardware Certification participants whose products are listed in the Catalog.

What happened to the Certified and Compatible hardware statuses?

Red Hat deprecated the hardware statuses on the Hardware Catalog preferring instead to list hardware and the number of relevant system notices which may impact the serviceability and or service levels applicable to those systems in the main list view (See What does "Notes apply to this Certification" mean?).

For which versions of Red Hat Enterprise Linux is a hardware certification valid?

A RHEL hardware certification is valid for the posted release, for example RHEL 4 Update 3, and will also be valid for subsequent updates: U4, U5, U6, etc., as they are released. However, a RHEL hardware certification does not apply to future or past versions of RHEL, such as RHEL 5 or RHEL 3 in the above example; these RHEL certifications must be obtained separately.

How do I insure that my hardware can be quickly certified by Red Hat?

When submitting a hardware certification request, make sure that all relevant information is included. Incomplete information is the number one cause for certification delay. Common oversights include: not submitting test results for a maximally configured system, missing/incomplete specifications, and tests that do not cover all build-to-order options. For additional details on testing procedures, see the online certification documentation.

How do I find the components of a certified hardware system for Red Hat Enterprise Linux 4?

Beginning with Red Hat Enterprise Linux 4, the Hardware Catalog provides a vendor-supplied link to the detailed configurations page for the given certified system. Click on this link to find the components of a certified hardware system. This approach is intended to provide greater accuracy in giving a full list of all options for a model, since certification may not require all options to be tested on every model in a single product line. In addition, the vendor can easily keep the specifications up-to-date (although certain specification changes may require recertification).

How do find out more about the Hardware Certification Program, and who do I contact to participate?

Email hwcert@redhat.com for sales information. There is also a public, moderated, low traffic mailing list called hwcert-announce-list for major program changes and announcements.

What does "Notes apply to this Certification" mean?

The "Notes apply..." column on the hardware Catalog displays the number of applicable Red Hat Knowledge Base articles which impact the proper operation and/or support level offered on the listed hardware. These may include items such as required kernel parameters necessary to boot the system or an impacted Service Level Agreement by the use of 3rd party modules.

Red Hat strongly encourages users of the Hardware Catalog to read any notices on hardware of interest to understand the impacts of these notices and determine if they are acceptable prior to hardware purchases.