Red Hat Satellite 6.3 FAQ

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Introduction

Red Hat® Satellite is a system management solution that makes Red Hat infrastructure easier to deploy, scale, and manage across physical, virtual, and cloud environments. Satellite enables users to provision, configure, and update systems to help ensure that they are running efficiently and securely while remaining compliant with relevant standards. By automating most tasks related to maintaining systems, Satellite helps organizations increase efficiency, reduce operational costs, and better respond to strategic business needs.

We are proud to announce the availability of Red Hat Satellite 6.2.

Q: When did Red Hat Satellite 6 become generally available?

A:
Red Hat Satellite 6.3 GA: February 21, 2018

Red Hat Satellite 6.2 GA: July 27, 2016
* Blog Post
* Red Hat Satellite 6 Data Sheet

Red Hat Satellite 6.1 GA: August 12, 2015
* Press Release
* Blog Post

Red Hat Satellite 6.0 GA: September 10, 2014
* Press Release
* Blog Post

Q: What are some of the new features in Red Hat Satellite 6?

A:
Red Hat Satellite 6 includes a redesigned product architecture to manage new types of content on a wide variety of platforms, including bare-metal, private, and public clouds. Red Hat Satellite 6.3 increases product stability and usability, and introduces new and enhanced features designed to meet user needs - refer to this Blog Post for key features.

Notable new features in Red Hat Satellite 6.2 included:
* Automated workflows. Capabilities include remote execution and scheduling for remote execution jobs, as well as expanded bootstrap and provisioning options.
* Air-gapped security and federation. Users can now sync to export RPM content from one Satellite to another.
* Software management improvements. Simplified smart variable management is now available.
* Capsule improvements. Users now have extended insight into capsule health and overall performance. Capsules are more lightweight and can be configured to only store content requested by clients. In addition, capsules have a new reference architecture that includes the ability to deploy a highly available Red Hat Satellite capsule.
* Atomic OSTree and containers -- Mirror, provision, and manage Red Hat Enterprise Linux® (RHEL) Atomic hosts and content with Satellite. Also, mirror container repositories, such as Red Hat Registry, DockerHub™ and other third-party sources. Satellite provides a secure, curated point of entry for container content.
* Enhanced documentation. New and updated documentation is available at https://access.redhat.com/documentation/red-hat-satellite/.
* New documentation:
* Virtual instance guide: How to configure virt-who
* Hammer command-line interface (CLI) guide: How to use Red Hat Satellite’s CLI
* Content management guide
* Quick start guide
* Updated documentation:
* User guide divided into topics for easier use: Server administration and host configuration
* Cheat sheets available for specific topics, such as Hammer
* Updated feature overviews
* Lazy Sync -- Satellite 6.2.3 introduces the "Lazy Sync" functionality, which provides users additional flexibility when downloading content. Lazy sync provides a series of new download policies, which govern how content is downloaded. See Satellite 6.2 Feature Overview: Lazy Sync
* Support Status:
* Lazy Sync was/is included in earlier Satellite 6.2 releases (6.2.0 through 6.2.2) as a Technology Preview
* With Satellite 6.2.3, Lazy Sync will transition to a Fully Supported.

This version of Red Hat Satellite includes many other enhancements and fixes to improve stability, reliability, and scalability. Visit Release Notes, redhat.com/en/technologies/management/satellite and https://access.redhat.com/products/red-hat-satellite for more information. Feature Overviews in the Knowledgebase include: Improvements to Diagnostic Logging, Importing Existing Hosts via the Bootstrap Script, Inter-Satellite Sync, and "Lazy Sync".

Notable new features in Red Hat Satellite 6.1 included:
* Errata Management
* Container Management
* Provisioning Enhancements
* Support for Disconnected Environments
* SCAP Operations
* Enhanced Bare-metal Discovery
* Active Directory Groups for User Roles
[Satellite 6.1 Release Notes]

Notable new features in Red Hat Satellite 6.0 included:
* Provision across bare-metal, private, and public clouds.
* Puppet Forge and Git integration.
* Federated life cycle management.
* Drift remediation.
* Content views for life cycle management.
* System discovery.
Satellite 6.0 Release Notes

Q: Where can I download Red Hat Satellite 6?

A: Red Hat Satellite is now available for download on the Red Hat Customer Portal at https://access.redhat.com/products/red-hat-satellite as part of your Red Hat Satellite subscription.

Q: Where are the release notes, technical notes, and official documentation for Red Hat Satellite 6?

A: Documentation is available in the Red Hat Customer Portal, documentation for all Red Hat Satellite releases. Also see https://access.redhat.com/products/red-hat-satellite/#knowledge.

Q: What infrastructures are supported by Red Hat Satellite 6?

A: Bare metal, Red Hat Enterprise Virtualization, Red Hat OpenStack® Platform, and VMware.

Q: What open source projects serve as the upstream for Red Hat Satellite 6?

A: Key projects include: Foreman, Puppet, Katello, Pulp, and Candlepin.

Q: What are the supported usage for these components in Red Hat Satellite 6?

A: All Red Hat Satellite components (such as Foreman, Puppet, Katello, Pulp, and Candlepin) and their usage are supported within the context of Red Hat Satellite only. Third party usage of any components falls beyond supported usage. Please refer to the "Red Hat Satellite 6 Supported Usage" chapter in the Install Guide for details.

Q: How can I upgrade from Red Hat Satellite 5 to Satellite 6, and can I upgrade in place?

A: The product architectures differ between Red Hat Satellite 5 and Red Hat Satellite 6. Red Hat Satellite 6.x releases requires a fresh install. As a result, upgrading in place from Red Hat Satellite 5.x to Red Hat Satellite 6.x is not possible. Current Red Hat Satellite 5 customers will have many options to manage their Red Hat Enterprise Linux environment with Red Hat Satellite 6. For a detailed review of transitioning from Red Hat Satellite 5 to Red Hat Satellite 6, visit the transition page on the Red Hat Customer Portal at Red Hat Satellite 5 to Satellite 6 Transition FAQ and Transitioning from Red Hat Satellite 5 to Satellite 6.

Q: What happened to Red Hat Satellite Proxy Server?

A: Red Hat Satellite Proxy Server as a federation device for Red Hat Satellite has been replaced by Red Hat Satellite Capsule Server. The capsule server is similar to the proxy server, but uses a different architecture. If you are transitioning from Red Hat Satellite 5 to Red Hat Satellite 6, any deployed proxy servers must also be transitioned to capsule servers. For more information on transitioning from Red Hat Satellite 5 to Red Hat Satellite 6, visit the Red Hat Customer Portal at Red Hat Satellite 5 to Satellite 6 Transition FAQ and Transitioning from Red Hat Satellite 5 to Satellite 6.

Q: Is Red Hat Satellite 5 still supported?

A: Red Hat Satellite 5.5 and earlier versions are no longer supported. Red Hat Satellite and Proxy 5.6 and 5.7 support ends in January 2019. Red Hat Satellite 5.8 is the best option for customers staying on Satellite 5.x for some time before transitioning to Satellite 6. Refer to Important Changes Coming to Red Hat Satellite 5, the Satellite lifecycle support page and End-of-Life (EOL) notification for Red Hat Satellite 5.5 and older versions for more information. Please also note that Satellite 5.6/5.7/5.8 support does not mean that all new Red Hat products can be distributed through it.

Q: Can Satellite 6 manage RHEL 7 client systems?

A: Yes. Red Hat Satellite versions 5.6 and above are capable of RHEL 7 content and systems management.

Q: Does Red Hat Satellite 6.3 feature high availability?

A: Please stay tuned for documented guidance.

Q: How does Red Hat Satellite compare to Red Hat CloudForms and Red Hat Cloud Infrastructure?

A: Red Hat Satellite executes what would traditionally be called system management work—related to Red Hat infrastructure—on bare metal, virtualized servers, or in the cloud. Many organizations use both to provide end-to-end infrastructure management. Red Hat CloudForms provides a centralized view and control or orchestration of all workloads across private and public cloud infrastructures while Red Hat Satellite performs software, configuration, and subscription management, as well as provisioning for Red Hat infrastructure. Both products are offered in Red Hat Cloud Infrastructure, an integrated set of Red Hat technologies.

Q: Where do I get more information?

A: More information can be found here:

You can also contact Red Hat support.

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