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How to deregister a SUSE Manager Client

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A client system is registered to SUSE Manager, but needs to be deregistered.

Deleting Client systems can be initialized from the SUSE Manager, but manual cleanup on the client system itself may be necessary (see additional information below). 

Please notice most of this article does not apply to Red Hat Expanded Support systems. This process should NOT be followed for clients running Red Hat OS (see additional information below).


Deleting Clients (SUSE Manager WebUI):

Deleting Clients (SUSE Manager CLI):

spacecmd system_delete FQDN
salt-key -d FQDN

Note: For very specific cases, the registration might still not be possible after having deregistered the minion. As a last result, a couple of salt files should be deleted in the master before trying to register again:

rm /var/cache/salt/master/thin/version
rm /var/cache/salt/master/thin/thin.tgz

Salt Client - Manual Registration Cleanup

NOTE: This process is only for SUSE Manager clients, do not run it on the SUSE Manager itself.
NOTE: This process should NOT be followed for clients running Red Hat OS.

Stop the salt-minion service:

SLES 12/15:
    systemctl stop salt-minion

SLES 11: 
    rcsalt stop

Remove the repositories and configuration files:

rm /etc/zypp/repos.d/susemanager\:channels.repo
rm -r /etc/sysconfig/rhn/
rm -r /etc/salt/

Remove Client Packages:

      zypper rm -u salt salt-minion python*-salt sle-manager-tools-release

(Alternatively, you can use rpm to remove the 4 corresponding packages.)

SLES 15 (uses python3-salt):

rpm -e salt salt-minion python3-salt sle-manager-tools-release

SLES 11/12 (uses python2-salt): 

rpm -e salt salt-minion python2-salt sle-manager-tools-release


Salt Bundle Client - Manual Registration Cleanup

For information about the salt bundle, see:

To de-register, you could run: 
# systemctl stop venv-salt-minion; zypper rm -y venv-salt-minion; rm -rf /etc/zypp/{credentials,services,repos}.d/* /etc/venv-salt-minion/*

Traditional Client - Manual Cleanup

NOTE: This process is only for SUSE Manager clients, do not run it on the SUSE Manager itself.
NOTE: This process should NOT be followed for clients running Red Hat OS.

Stop the osad service (If it is in use):
SLES 12: 
    systemctl stop osad

SLES 11:
    rcosad stop

In order to deregister a SUSE Manager client, several rpms must be removed. The following method should be tried first (in case there is no osad package, it should be omitted):

zypper rm -u spacewalksd spacewalk-check zypp-plugin-spacewalk spacewalk-client-tools osad python2-zypp-plugin-spacewalk python2-spacewalk-check python2-spacewalk-client-setup

This will show the following:  

Refreshing service 'spacewalk'. 
Loading repository data...
Reading installed packages...
Resolving package dependencies...
The following packages are going to be REMOVED:
  spacewalk-check spacewalk-client-setup spacewalksd zypp
plugin-python osad

5 packages to remove.
After the operation, 301.0 KiB will be freed.
Continue? [y/n/?] (y):

The above rpm packages are client specific, and should be removed.
If this fails, they should be manually removed. The commands "rpm -e" should not be used unless the "zypper rm" command above failed.  

rpm -e spacewalk-client-setup spacewalksd spacewalk-check zypp-plugin-spacewalk osad python2-zypp-plugin-spacewalk python2-spacewalk-check python2-spacewalk-client-setup
On SLES 15 client remove below packages if installed:
rpm -e spacewalk-client-setup mgr-daemon spacewalk-check zypp-plugin-spacewalk mgr-osad python3-zypp-plugin-spacewalk python3-spacewalk-check python3-spacewalk-client-setup

After this is complete, the following file should be removed: /etc/sysconfig/rhn/systemid.
That file only exists on a client machine and is used to register itself with SUSE Manager.

rm /etc/sysconfig/rhn/systemid

Any configured spacewalk channels should be deleted with:

rm /etc/zypp/repos.d/spacewalk*
When this is done, the repositories should be refreshed on the server (zypper ref -s), and then listed (zypper lr), in order to make sure everything looks good.

If any repositories pointing to spacewalk still exist, remove them using the following:

zypper repos -d
zypper removerepo <ID of the repo in the output from previous command>


Sometimes when moving a client system to a new server, or for troubleshooting purposes, you may want to manually de-register the SUSE Manager client system. 

Additional Information

Clients can be deleted from the SUSE Manager Server. SUSE Manager can delete and attempt to cleanup salt clients attempts to clean up additional configuration. If the client cannot be contacted, or if it is a traditional client, then the client can be deleted without cleanup. In those situations, a manual cleanup is necessary.

In some cases the file needs to be moved out of the directory: /etc/products.d/
This can be done as well, by removing the sle-manage-tools-release package.

The following error is an indication that the prod file exists and impedes registration and migration of the client.

Can't get available migrations from server: SUSE::Connect::ApiError: The requested products 'SUSE Manager Client Tools for SLE 15 x86_64' are not activated on the system.
'/usr/lib/zypper/commands/zypper-migration' exited with status 1

Note about clients running Red Hat OS: This process should NOT be followed for clients running Red Hat OS. For such clients, de-registering from SUSE Manager webUI, deleting repositories with yum and deleting /etc/sysconfig/rhn/systemid should be enough.


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  • Document ID:7013242
  • Creation Date: 10-Sep-2013
  • Modified Date:15-Nov-2023
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