HowTo: Upgrade Red Hat Enterprise Linux 6 to to v6.1

by on May 20, 2011 · 4 comments· LAST UPDATED May 20, 2011

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RHEL version 6.1 has been released with new features and improvements. How do I upgrade my HP server running RHEL v6.0 to v6.1 using RHN?

You can upgrade the system using the yum command itself. Make a backup - it cannot be stressed enough how important it is to make a backup of your system before you do this. Most of the actions listed in this post are written with the assumption that they will be executed by the root user running the bash or any other modern shell.
# uname -r
Sample outputs:

2.6.32-71.29.1.el6.x86_64

You can see current RHEL release details using cat command as follows:
# cat /etc/redhat-release
Sample outputs:

Red Hat Enterprise Linux Server release 6.0 (Santiago)

To upgrade RHEL to v6.1, enter:
# yum -y update
Sample outputs:

Dependency Installed:
  abrt-plugin-mailx.x86_64 0:1.1.16-3.el6   gnutls-utils.x86_64 0:2.8.5-4.el6
  libcacard.x86_64 0:0.1.2-2.el6            radvd.x86_64 0:1.6-1.el6
Updated:
  Red_Hat_Enterprise_Linux-Release_Notes-6-en-US.noarch 0:1-26.el6
  abrt.x86_64 0:1.1.16-3.el6
  abrt-addon-ccpp.x86_64 0:1.1.16-3.el6
  abrt-addon-kerneloops.x86_64 0:1.1.16-3.el6
  abrt-addon-python.x86_64 0:1.1.16-3.el6
  abrt-cli.x86_64 0:1.1.16-3.el6
  abrt-libs.x86_64 0:1.1.16-3.el6
  abrt-plugin-logger.x86_64 0:1.1.16-3.el6
  abrt-plugin-rhtsupport.x86_64 0:1.1.16-3.el6
  abrt-plugin-sosreport.x86_64 0:1.1.16-3.el6
  at.x86_64 0:3.1.10-43.el6
  audit.x86_64 0:2.1-5.el6
  audit-libs.x86_64 0:2.1-5.el6
  audit-libs-python.x86_64 0:2.1-5.el6
  augeas-libs.x86_64 0:0.7.2-6.el6
  authconfig.x86_64 0:6.1.12-5.el6
  avahi-libs.x86_64 0:0.6.25-11.el6
  bash.x86_64 0:4.1.2-8.el6
  bfa-firmware.noarch 0:2.3.2.3-1.el6
  bind-devel.x86_64 32:9.7.3-2.el6
  bind-libs.x86_64 32:9.7.3-2.el6
  bind-utils.x86_64 32:9.7.3-2.el6
  binutils.x86_64 0:2.20.51.0.2-5.20.el6
  blktrace.x86_64 0:1.0.1-4.el6
  busybox.x86_64 1:1.15.1-11.el6
  coreutils.x86_64 0:8.4-13.el6
  coreutils-libs.x86_64 0:8.4-13.el6
  cpp.x86_64 0:4.4.5-6.el6
  cracklib.x86_64 0:2.8.16-4.el6
  cracklib-dicts.x86_64 0:2.8.16-4.el6
  crda.x86_64 0:1.1.1_2010.11.22-1.el6
  cronie.x86_64 0:1.4.4-7.el6
  cronie-anacron.x86_64 0:1.4.4-7.el6
  cryptsetup-luks.x86_64 0:1.2.0-3.el6
  cryptsetup-luks-libs.x86_64 0:1.2.0-3.el6
  cups-libs.x86_64 1:1.4.2-39.el6
  curl.x86_64 0:7.19.7-26.el6
  device-mapper.x86_64 0:1.02.62-3.el6
  device-mapper-event.x86_64 0:1.02.62-3.el6
  device-mapper-event-libs.x86_64 0:1.02.62-3.el6
  device-mapper-libs.x86_64 0:1.02.62-3.el6
  dhclient.x86_64 12:4.1.1-19.P1.el6
  dracut.noarch 0:004-53.el6
  dracut-kernel.noarch 0:004-53.el6
  e2fsprogs.x86_64 0:1.41.12-7.el6
  e2fsprogs-libs.x86_64 0:1.41.12-7.el6
  ebtables.x86_64 0:2.0.9-6.el6
  efibootmgr.x86_64 0:0.5.4-9.el6
  elfutils.x86_64 0:0.152-1.el6
  elfutils-libelf.x86_64 0:0.152-1.el6
  elfutils-libs.x86_64 0:0.152-1.el6
  file.x86_64 0:5.04-6.el6
  file-libs.x86_64 0:5.04-6.el6
  fipscheck.x86_64 0:1.2.0-5.el6
  fipscheck-lib.x86_64 0:1.2.0-5.el6
  gcc.x86_64 0:4.4.5-6.el6
  glib2.x86_64 0:2.22.5-6.el6
  glibc.x86_64 0:2.12-1.25.el6
  glibc-common.x86_64 0:2.12-1.25.el6
  glibc-devel.x86_64 0:2.12-1.25.el6
  glibc-headers.x86_64 0:2.12-1.25.el6
  glibc-static.x86_64 0:2.12-1.25.el6
  gpxe-roms-qemu.noarch 0:0.9.7-6.7.el6
  grub.x86_64 1:0.97-70.el6
  gtk2.x86_64 0:2.18.9-6.el6
  hal.x86_64 0:0.5.14-11.el6
  hal-libs.x86_64 0:0.5.14-11.el6
  httpd.x86_64 0:2.2.15-9.el6
  httpd-devel.x86_64 0:2.2.15-9.el6
  httpd-manual.noarch 0:2.2.15-9.el6
  httpd-tools.x86_64 0:2.2.15-9.el6
  hwdata.noarch 0:0.233-7.1.el6
  initscripts.x86_64 0:9.03.23-1.el6
  ipmitool.x86_64 0:1.8.11-7.el6
  iproute.x86_64 0:2.6.32-16.el6
  iptables.x86_64 0:1.4.7-4.el6
  iptables-ipv6.x86_64 0:1.4.7-4.el6
  iputils.x86_64 0:20071127-16.el6
  irqbalance.x86_64 2:0.55-29.el6
  iscsi-initiator-utils.x86_64 0:6.2.0.872-21.el6
  iwl6000-firmware.noarch 0:9.221.4.1-1.el6
  iwl6050-firmware.noarch 0:41.28.5.1-2.el6
  kernel-firmware.noarch 0:2.6.32-131.0.15.el6
  kernel-headers.x86_64 0:2.6.32-131.0.15.el6
  kexec-tools.x86_64 0:2.0.0-188.el6
  kpartx.x86_64 0:0.4.9-41.el6
  krb5-devel.x86_64 0:1.9-9.el6
  krb5-libs.x86_64 0:1.9-9.el6
  libblkid.x86_64 0:2.17.2-12.el6
  libcgroup.x86_64 0:0.37-2.el6
  libcom_err.x86_64 0:1.41.12-7.el6
  libcom_err-devel.x86_64 0:1.41.12-7.el6
  libcurl.x86_64 0:7.19.7-26.el6
  libdrm.x86_64 0:2.4.23-1.el6
  libgcc.x86_64 0:4.4.5-6.el6
  libgomp.x86_64 0:4.4.5-6.el6
  libgssglue.x86_64 0:0.1-11.el6
  libgudev1.x86_64 0:147-2.35.el6
  libnl.x86_64 0:1.1-14.el6
  libpciaccess.x86_64 0:0.10.9-4.el6
  libselinux.x86_64 0:2.0.94-5.el6
  libselinux-devel.x86_64 0:2.0.94-5.el6
  libselinux-python.x86_64 0:2.0.94-5.el6
  libselinux-utils.x86_64 0:2.0.94-5.el6
  libss.x86_64 0:1.41.12-7.el6
  libstdc++.x86_64 0:4.4.5-6.el6
  libtirpc.x86_64 0:0.2.1-3.el6
  libudev.x86_64 0:147-2.35.el6
  libuuid.x86_64 0:2.17.2-12.el6
  libvirt.x86_64 0:0.8.7-18.el6
  libvirt-client.x86_64 0:0.8.7-18.el6
  libvirt-python.x86_64 0:0.8.7-18.el6
  lvm2.x86_64 0:2.02.83-3.el6
  lvm2-libs.x86_64 0:2.02.83-3.el6
  man-pages.noarch 0:3.22-17.el6
  man-pages-overrides.noarch 0:2.5-1.el6
  mdadm.x86_64 0:3.2.1-1.el6
  microcode_ctl.x86_64 1:1.17-4.el6
  mod_ssl.x86_64 1:2.2.15-9.el6
  net-snmp-libs.x86_64 1:5.5-31.el6
  net-tools.x86_64 0:1.60-105.el6
  netcf-libs.x86_64 0:0.1.7-1.el6
  nfs-utils.x86_64 1:1.2.3-7.el6
  nfs-utils-lib.x86_64 0:1.1.5-3.el6
  nspr.x86_64 0:4.8.7-1.el6
  nss.x86_64 0:3.12.9-9.el6
  nss-softokn.x86_64 0:3.12.9-3.el6
  nss-softokn-freebl.x86_64 0:3.12.9-3.el6
  nss-sysinit.x86_64 0:3.12.9-9.el6
  nss-util.x86_64 0:3.12.9-1.el6
  openldap.x86_64 0:2.4.23-15.el6
  openldap-devel.x86_64 0:2.4.23-15.el6
  openssh.x86_64 0:5.3p1-52.el6
  openssh-clients.x86_64 0:5.3p1-52.el6
  openssh-server.x86_64 0:5.3p1-52.el6
  openssl.x86_64 0:1.0.0-10.el6
  openssl-devel.x86_64 0:1.0.0-10.el6
  pam.x86_64 0:1.1.1-8.el6
  parted.x86_64 0:2.1-13.el6
  perl.x86_64 4:5.10.1-119.el6
  perl-ExtUtils-MakeMaker.x86_64 0:6.55-119.el6
  perl-ExtUtils-ParseXS.x86_64 1:2.2003.0-119.el6
  perl-Module-Pluggable.x86_64 1:3.90-119.el6
  perl-Pod-Escapes.x86_64 1:1.04-119.el6
  perl-Pod-Simple.x86_64 1:3.13-119.el6
  perl-Test-Harness.x86_64 0:3.17-119.el6
  perl-devel.x86_64 4:5.10.1-119.el6
  perl-libs.x86_64 4:5.10.1-119.el6
  perl-version.x86_64 3:0.77-119.el6
  php.x86_64 0:5.3.3-3.el6
  php-cli.x86_64 0:5.3.3-3.el6
  php-common.x86_64 0:5.3.3-3.el6
  php-devel.x86_64 0:5.3.3-3.el6
  php-gd.x86_64 0:5.3.3-3.el6
  php-imap.x86_64 0:5.3.3-3.el6
  php-mbstring.x86_64 0:5.3.3-3.el6
  php-mysql.x86_64 0:5.3.3-3.el6
  php-pdo.x86_64 0:5.3.3-3.el6
  php-pecl-memcache.x86_64 0:3.0.5-3.el6
  php-xmlrpc.x86_64 0:5.3.3-3.el6
  plymouth.x86_64 0:0.8.3-22.el6
  plymouth-core-libs.x86_64 0:0.8.3-22.el6
  plymouth-scripts.x86_64 0:0.8.3-22.el6
  prelink.x86_64 0:0.4.4-1.el6
  procps.x86_64 0:3.2.8-17.el6
  python.x86_64 0:2.6.6-20.el6
  python-ethtool.x86_64 0:0.6-1.el6
  python-libs.x86_64 0:2.6.6-20.el6
  python-pycurl.x86_64 0:7.19.0-8.el6
  python-tools.x86_64 0:2.6.6-20.el6
  python-urlgrabber.noarch 0:3.9.1-8.el6
  python-virtinst.noarch 0:0.500.5-3.el6
  qemu-img.x86_64 2:0.12.1.2-2.160.el6
  qemu-kvm.x86_64 2:0.12.1.2-2.160.el6
  ql2400-firmware.noarch 0:5.03.16-1.el6
  ql2500-firmware.noarch 0:5.03.16-1.el6
  quota.x86_64 1:3.17-16.el6
  redhat-release-server.x86_64 0:6Server-6.1.0.2.el6
  rhn-check.noarch 0:1.0.0-61.el6
  rhn-client-tools.noarch 0:1.0.0-61.el6
  rhn-setup.noarch 0:1.0.0-61.el6
  rhnlib.noarch 0:2.5.22-10.el6
  rpm.x86_64 0:4.8.0-16.el6
  rpm-libs.x86_64 0:4.8.0-16.el6
  rpm-python.x86_64 0:4.8.0-16.el6
  rsyslog.x86_64 0:4.6.2-3.el6
  seabios.x86_64 0:0.6.1.2-3.el6
  selinux-policy.noarch 0:3.7.19-93.el6
  selinux-policy-targeted.noarch 0:3.7.19-93.el6
  setup.noarch 0:2.8.14-12.el6
  shadow-utils.x86_64 2:4.1.4.2-9.el6
  smartmontools.x86_64 1:5.39.1-3.el6
  sos.noarch 0:2.2-8.el6
  strace.x86_64 0:4.5.19-1.10.el6
  sudo.x86_64 0:1.7.4p5-5.el6
  sysstat.x86_64 0:9.0.4-18.el6
  systemtap-runtime.x86_64 0:1.4-6.el6
  sysvinit-tools.x86_64 0:2.87-4.dsf.el6
  tcsh.x86_64 0:6.17-12.el6
  tkinter.x86_64 0:2.6.6-20.el6
  udev.x86_64 0:147-2.35.el6
  upstart.x86_64 0:0.6.5-10.el6
  util-linux-ng.x86_64 0:2.17.2-12.el6
  vgabios.noarch 0:0.6b-3.6.el6
  vim-common.x86_64 2:7.2.411-1.6.el6
  vim-enhanced.x86_64 2:7.2.411-1.6.el6
  vim-minimal.x86_64 2:7.2.411-1.6.el6
  virt-manager.noarch 0:0.8.6-4.el6
  virt-top.x86_64 0:1.0.4-3.8.el6
  virt-viewer.x86_64 0:0.2.1-3.el6
  virtio-win.noarch 0:1.2.0-1.el6
  vte.x86_64 0:0.25.1-6.el6
  yum.noarch 0:3.2.29-17.el6
  yum-metadata-parser.x86_64 0:1.1.2-16.el6
  yum-plugin-priorities.noarch 0:1.1.30-6.el6
  yum-utils.noarch 0:1.1.30-6.el6
Replaced:
  cairo-spice.x86_64 0:1.8.7.1-4.el6
  ffmpeg-spice-libs.x86_64 0:0.4.9-0.15.5spice.20080908.el6
  pixman-spice.x86_64 0:0.13.3-5.el6
Complete!

(Note: yum command output is truncated)
Reboot the server:
# reboot
Verify that everything is working and new version is loaded:
# uname -a
Sample outputs:

2.6.32-131.0.15.el6.x86_64

Verify ports are open:
# netstat -tulpn
# tail -f /var/log/messages
# tail -f /path/to/log/file
# cat /etc/redhat-release

Sample outputs:

Red Hat Enterprise Linux Server release 6.1 (Santiago)
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{ 4 comments… read them below or add one }

1 Avishay June 14, 2011 at 6:41 am

How do I upgrade my server running RHEL v5.3 to v6.0

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2 Santosh July 27, 2011 at 6:17 am

I am at 6.0. I have 6.1 DVD, How to I add that as service and upgrade to 6.1 via command line

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3 RK September 27, 2012 at 6:49 am

How do i update openssl from source in Redhat 6 ?

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4 Shridhar November 29, 2012 at 12:21 pm

How do we upgrade Red Hat Enterprise Linux Server release 5.8 to 6.0?

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