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ubuntu-advantage: Manage Ubuntu Advantage services from Canonical


ubuntu-advantage - Manage Ubuntu Advantage services from Canonical


ua <command> [<args>]
ubuntu-advantage <command> [<args>]


Ubuntu Advantage is a collection of services offered by Canonical to Ubuntu users. The Ubuntu Advantage command line tool is used to attach a system to an Ubuntu Advantage contract to then enable and disable services from Canonical. The available commands and services are described in more detail below.


attach [--no-auto-enable] <token>
Connect an Ubuntu Advantage support contract to this machine.

The token parameter can be obtained from https://auth.contracts.canonical.com/.

The optional --no-auto-enable flag will disable the automatic enablement of recommended entitlements which usually happens immediately after a successful attach.

Remove the Ubuntu Advantage support contract from this machine. This also disables all enabled services that can be.

disable [cc-eal|cis-audit|esm|fips|fips-updates|livepatch]
Disable this machine's access to an Ubuntu Advantage service.

enable [cc-eal|cis-audit|esm|fips|fips-updates|livepatch]
Activate and configure this machine's access to an Ubuntu Advantage service.

Refresh contract and service details from Canonical.

status [--format=tabular|json]
Report current status of Ubuntu Advantage services on system.

This shows whether this machine is attached to an Ubuntu Advantage support contract. When attached, the report includes the specific support contract details including contract name, expiry dates, and the status of each service on this system.

The attached status output has four columns:

SERVICE: name of the service

ENTITLED: whether the contract to which this machine is attached entitles use of this service. Possible values are: yes or no

STATUS: whether the service is enabled on this machine. Possible values are: enabled, disabled, n/a (if your contract entitles you to the service, but it isn't available for this machine) or (if you aren't entitled to this service)

DESCRIPTION: a brief description of the service

The unattached status output instead has three columns. SERVICE and DESCRIPTION are the same as above, and there is the addition of:

AVAILABLE: whether this service would be available if this machine were attached. The possible values are yes or no.

Show version of the Ubuntu Advantage package.


By default, Ubuntu Advantage client configuration options are read from /etc/ubuntu-advantage/uaclient.conf.

The following configuration options are available:

The ubuntu advantage contract server URL
Where Ubuntu Advantage client stores its data files
The logging level used when writing to log_file
The log file for the Ubuntu Advantage client

Additionally, any configuration option can be overridden in the environment by setting an environment variable prefaced by UA_<option_name>. Both uppercase and lowercase environment variables are allowed.

For example, the following overrides the log_level found in uaclient.conf:

  UA_LOG_LEVEL=info ua attach


Common Criteria EAL2 Provisioning (cc-eal)
Enables and install the Common Criteria artifacts.

The artifacts include a configure script, a tarball with additional packages, and post install scripts. The artifacts will be installed in /usr/lib/common-criteria directory and the README and configuration guide are available in /usr/share/doc/ubuntu-commoncriteria directory.

CIS Audit (cis-audit)
Enables and installs the CIS Audit artifacts.

Extended Security Maintenance (esm)
Extended Security Maintenance ensures the ongoing security and integrity of systems running Ubuntu Long Term Support (LTS) releases through Ubuntu Advantage for Infrastructure.

See https://ubuntu.com/esm for more information.

FIPS 140-2 certified modules (fips)
Install, configure, and enable FIPS 140-2 certified modules.

After successfully enabling FIPS, the system MUST be rebooted. Failing to reboot will result in the system not running the updated FIPS kernel.

Disabling FIPS is not currently supported.

FIPS 140-2 certified modules with updates (fips-updates)
Install, configure, and enable FIPS 140-2 certified modules with updates. Enabling FIPS with updates will take the system out of FIPS compliance as the updated modules are not FIPS certified.

After successfully enabling FIPS with updates, the system MUST be rebooted. Failing to reboot will result in the system not running the updated FIPS kernel.

Disabling FIPS with updates is not currently supported.

Livepatch Service (livepatch)
Automatically apply critical kernel patches without rebooting. Reduces downtime, keeping your Ubuntu LTS systems secure and compliant.

See https://ubuntu.com/livepatch for more information.


Please report bugs either by running `ubuntu-bug ubuntu-advantage-tools` or login to Launchpad and navigate to https://bugs.launchpad.net/ubuntu/+source/ubuntu-advantage-tools/+filebug


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