SUSE Manager Proxy Setup

Uyuni Proxy requires additional configuration.

It is possible to arrange Salt proxies in a chain. In such a case, the upstream proxy is named parent.

Make sure the TCP ports 4505 and 4506 are open on the proxy. The proxy must be able to reach the Uyuni Server or a parent proxy on these ports.

1. Copy Server Certificate and Key

The proxy will share some SSL information with the Uyuni Server. Copy the certificate and its key from the Uyuni Server or the parent proxy.

As root, enter the following commands on the proxy using your Uyuni Server or parent Proxy (named PARENT):

mkdir -m 700 /root/ssl-build
cd /root/ssl-build
scp root@PARENT:/root/ssl-build/RHN-ORG-PRIVATE-SSL-KEY .
scp root@PARENT:/root/ssl-build/RHN-ORG-TRUSTED-SSL-CERT .
scp root@PARENT:/root/ssl-build/rhn-ca-openssl.cnf .

To keep the security chain intact, the Uyuni Proxy functionality requires the SSL certificate to be signed by the same CA as the Uyuni Server certificate. Using certificates signed by different CAs for proxies and server is not supported.

2. Run

The script finalizes the setup of your Uyuni Proxy.

Execute the interactive script. Pressing Enter without further input will make the script use the default values provided between brackets []. Here is some information about the requested settings:

Uyuni Parent

The Uyuni parent can be either another proxy or the Uyuni Server.

HTTP Proxy

A HTTP proxy enables your Uyuni proxy to access the Web. This is needed if direct access to the Web is prohibited by a firewall.

Traceback Email

An email address where to report problems.


For safety reasons, press Y.

Do You Want to Import Existing Certificates?

Answer N. This ensures using the new certificates that were copied previously from the Uyuni server.


The next questions are about the characteristics to use for the SSL certificate of the proxy. The organization might be the same organization that was used on the server, unless of course your proxy is not in the same organization as your main server.

Organization Unit

The default value here is the proxy’s hostname.


Further information attached to the proxy’s certificate.


Further information attached to the proxy’s certificate.

Country Code

In the country code field, enter the country code set during the Uyuni installation. For example, if your proxy is in the US and your Uyuni is in DE, enter DE for the proxy.

The country code must be two upper case letters. For a complete list of country codes, see

Cname Aliases (Separated by Space)

Use this if your proxy can be accessed through various DNS CNAME aliases. Otherwise it can be left empty.

CA Password

Enter the password that was used for the certificate of your Uyuni Server.

Do You Want to Use an Existing SSH Key for Proxying SSH-Push Salt Minion?

Use this option if you want to reuse a SSH key that was used for SSH-Push Salt clients on the server.

Create and Populate Configuration Channel rhn_proxy_config_1000010001?

Accept default Y.

SUSE Manager Username

Use same user name and password as on the Uyuni server.

If parts are missing, such as CA key and public certificate, the script prints commands that you must execute to integrate the needed files. When the mandatory files are copied, run again. If you receive an HTTP error during script execution, run the script again. activates services required by Uyuni Proxy, such as squid, apache2, salt-broker, and jabberd.

To check the status of the proxy system and its clients, click the proxy system’s details page on the Web UI (Systems  Proxy, then the system name). Connection and Proxy subtabs display various status information.

3. Enable PXE Boot

3.1. Synchronize Profiles and System Information

To enable PXE boot through a proxy, additional software must be installed and configured on both the Uyuni Proxy and the Uyuni Server.

  1. On the Uyuni Proxy, install the susemanager-tftpsync-recv package:

    zypper in susemanager-tftpsync-recv
  2. On the Uyuni Proxy, run the setup script and enter the requested information:

    You need to provide the hostname and IP address of the Uyuni Server and the proxy. You also need to enter the path to the tftpboot directory on the proxy.

  3. On the Uyuni Server, install susemanager-tftpsync:

    zypper in susemanager-tftpsync
  4. On the Uyuni Server, run This creates the configuration, and uploads it to the Uyuni Proxy: FQDN_of_Proxy
  5. Start an initial synchronization on the Uyuni Server:

    cobbler sync

    It can also be done after a change within Cobbler that needs to be synchronized immediately. Otherwise Cobbler synchronization will run automatically when needed. For more information about autoinstallation powered by Cobbler, Operating System Installation.

3.2. Configure DHCP for PXE through Uyuni Proxy

Uyuni uses Cobbler for client provisioning. PXE (tftp) is installed and activated by default. Clients must be able to find the PXE boot on the Uyuni Proxy using DHCP. Use this DHCP configuration for the zone that contains the clients to be provisioned:

next-server: <IP_Address_of_Proxy>
filename: "pxelinux.0"

4. Replace the Uyuni Proxy

You can replace a proxy at any time, as it does not store any information about the clients that are connected to it. This process is handled using a reactivation key, which prevents you from losing the history of the proxy. If you do not use a reactivation key, the replacement proxy will become a new one with a new ID. The replacement proxy must have the same name and IP address as its predecessor.

During the installation of the proxy, clients will not be able to reach the Uyuni Server. After you have deleted a proxy, the systems list can be temporarily incorrect. All clients that were previously connected to the proxy will show as being directly connected to the server instead. After the first successful operation on a client, such as execution of a remote command or installation of a package or patch, this information will automatically be corrected. This may take some hours.

4.1. Replace a proxy

Shut down the old proxy, and leave it installed while you prepare the replacement. Create a reactivation key for this system and then register the new proxy using the reactivation key. If you do not use the reactivation key, you will need to re-register all the clients against the new proxy.

Procedure: Replacing a proxy and keeping the clients registered
  1. Before starting the migration, save the data from the old proxy, if needed. Consider copying important or custom data to a central place that can also be accessed by the new proxy.

  2. Shut down the old proxy.

  3. In the Web UI, create a reactivation key for the old proxy system. On the System Details tab of the old proxy click Reactivation. Click Generate New Key, and make a note of the new key.

  4. In the Web UI, navigate to Salt  Keys, locate the Salt key associated with the old proxy, and click delete.

  5. Deploy a new Uyuni Proxy.

  6. Register the new proxy with a bootstrap script as described in SUSE Manager Proxy Registration. In the bootstrap script, set the reactivation key with the REACTIVATION_KEY parameter.

  7. Restore the proxy data from the backup you made earlier. See step 1 of this procedure.

For more information about using reactivation keys, see Activation Keys.

After the installation of the new proxy, you might also need to:

  • Copy the centrally saved data to the new proxy system

  • Install any other needed software

  • Set up TFTP synchronization if the proxy is used for autoinstallation

4.2. Serving big files

If you need to distribute big files such as ISO images to your network through the proxy, go to PROXY_HOSTNAME system and copy the big files to the /srv/www/htdocs/pub directory.

Afterwards, the files can be downloaded from: