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Red Hat Satellite 6.2 is now available

Bryan Kearney published on 2016-07-26T20:36:30+00:00, last updated 2016-07-27T14:17:15+00:00

Red Hat is pleased to announce the general availability of Red Hat Satellite 6.2.

Red Hat Satellite 6.0 included a redesigned product architecture to manage new types of content on a wide variety of platforms, including bare-metal, private, and public clouds.

Satellite 6.2 continues to build on that release and features the following:

Increase Efficiency with Automated Workflows

Satellite 6.2 introduces remote execution, automating workflows and enabling users to take multiple actions against groups of systems, such as rebooting a system after a patch install or conduct rolling upgrades across hundreds of systems as easily as one. Users can easily build a script library, share scripts and share repeatable workflows, enabling less experienced administrators to execute complex workflows. In addition, users can schedule tasks and use new dashboards for enhanced interaction with systems under management.

  • Satellite 6.2 Feature Overview: Remote Execution: Satellite 6.2 has additional capabilities allowing it to run arbitrary commands on hosts using an SSH transport. Remote Execution leverages the Satellite Capsule so that the Satellite does not require direct access to the client. A number of templates are included for running basic commands, installing errata, etc. Additionally, customized templates can be created to suit your needs. https://access.redhat.com/articles/2464671

Increase Security in Disconnected Environments

Satellite 6.2 provides the ability to synchronize and export content from one Satellite to another, especially useful for organizations that require their systems management solution to run disconnected from the internet for security purposes.

  • Satellite 6.2 Feature Overview: Inter-Satellite Sync: Inter Satellite Sync is a new feature of Satellite 6.2, which allows the ability to synchronize and export RPM content from one Satellite to another, especially useful for Satellites running in air-gapped environments. The feature allows export (full or incremental) of a repository, content view or a repository within a content view. These exports can optionally be created as ISOs to allow creation of CD or DVD media https://access.redhat.com/articles/2390791

More Flexible Provisioning

Discovery enhancements in Satellite simplify the process of building systems and allow end users to more efficiently provision systems in secured environments where DHCP and PXE may not be available.

  • Satellite 6.2 Feature Overview: PXE-Less Discovery: Satellite 6.2 contains enhanced provisioning options, allowing users to now leverage the Discovery feature directly from a CDROM/DVDROM ISO. This ISO is based on Red Hat Enterprise Linux, supporting the full range of hardware that is certified to work with it. https://access.redhat.com/articles/2464701

Capsule visibility

The Red Hat Satellite Capsule user interface provides much deeper insight into the health of the Capsule, such as what services are running and their status, from the centralized Satellite console.

Ability to Import existing hosts

Satellite 6.2 features new scripts and automation to import existing Red Hat infrastructure hosts that may reside on any Red Hat systems management platform, including Red Hat Satellite 5.x. This bootstrap script automates the process of registering systems to Satellite, dramatically reducing the number of steps required to get existing systems ready to be managed by Red Hat Satellite.

  • Satellite 6.2 Feature Overview: Importing Existing Hosts via the Bootstrap Script: The bootstrap script (bootstrap.py) provides a means to take existing Red Hat Enterprise Linux systems not provisioned via Satellite 6, and migrate or register them into Satellite 6. https://access.redhat.com/articles/2280691

Containers and the Container Host Infrastructure

The latest version of Red Hat Satellite includes Red Hat Enterprise Linux Atomic Hosts support, enabling users to provision and manage Atomic Host, Red Hat’s minimal footprint platform optimized for running containers. Red Hat Satellite also supports RHEL Atomic Hosts as a compute resource, allowing containers to be deployed to RHEL Atomic Hosts. In addition, Red Hat Satellite now supports Docker v2 API and registries.

Enhanced documentation

This release includes both new and improved documentation. https://access.redhat.com/documentation/en/red-hat-satellite/?version=6.2
* New Guides
* Virtual Instance Guide (How to configure virt-who)
* Hammer CLI Guide (How to use Satellite’s CLI)
* Content Management Guide (How to easily manage Satellite’s content )
* Quickstart Guide (How to get up and running quickly)

  • Improved/more user-friendly documentation
    • User Guide split to make more topical and easier to follow:
    • Server Administration Guide
    • Host Configuration Guide
    • “Cheat Sheets” available for specific topics (Hammer)

In addition, numerous enhancements and fixes have been made that improve stability, reliability and scalability.

About The Author

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Bryan Kearney

Director of Engineering for Satellite Group at Red Hat.