System requirements

There are separate system requirements for the Beaker server and target hosts. Due to the large number of test files that users can store in the database, Beaker requires a multiple terabyte disk storage system.

Your Beaker server should have:

  • Red Hat Enterprise Linux 7.7+ or latest Fedora operating system.
  • 200 or more gigabytes hard disk space.
  • 4 or more gigabytes of RAM.
  • 4 or more CPUs running at 2.5GHz or higher.
  • 2 or more terabytes tree storage requirement.


If your site already has an existing repository of Red Hat install trees, you do not have to meet the tree storage requirement above.

Your target hosts are required to have:

  • Network connectivity to a system running a DHCP server.
  • Network booting capability (like PXE or Netboot).
  • Serial console logging support using a Target Host’s management adapter or a terminal server such as the Avocent ACS series.
  • KVM support.

Your target hosts also need to include a power controller. Here are some the most common compatible controllers that are available:

  • HP iLO
  • Dell DRAC
  • WTI Boot bars
  • IPMI 1.5 (or higher)
  • APC

You may mix and match any of these controllers on the target hosts, but you must include at least one compatible controller per system. Beaker supports the cman package’s fence component. Beaker supports any device that you control from the Red Hat Enterprise Linux 7 command line.