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June 2017 service release: New and improved Red Hat Insights features and functionality

Will Nix published on 2017-06-07T17:04:51+00:00, last updated 2018-09-17T01:32:06+00:00

The Red Hat Insights team is pleased to highlight our first post-Summit 2017 service release for functionality and feature enhancement.

Red Hat Insights is a Software-as-a-Service (SaaS) that potentially prevents downtime by enabling customers to proactively monitor for infrastructure risks and critical security alerts detected in their environments, while requiring no added infrastructure. Insights offers automated remediation capabilities via Ansible Playbooks, as well as Executive Reporting features and Health Scoring, and recommends guidance on how to quickly and securely fix identified issues.

Our June 2017 release brings several new features to the Customer Portal Insights Web UI that are currently available for production environments, and beta features that are offered for testing and feedback in Insights Beta.

Read below for more information or go check them out and let us know your thoughts by using the "Provide Feedback" button.

For more information about the latest Insight release, refer to our Red Hat Insight Release Notes.

Newest features:

Incident Detection [Beta Release Pending]

Detecting "Incidents" within an infrastructure is a new concept added to Red Hat Insights. Previously, Insights would proactively detect issues you were at risk of encountering in the future and identify them early so they could be acted upon before they're encountered. This core functionality still exists; however, the Insights engine has been expanded to now detect critical issues we know are currently impacting your infrastructure at the time of analysis. By highlighting these incidents differently within the UI, we aim to direct immediate attention and prioritize these incidents to be addressed quickly, preventing further or impending disruption.

Insights Analysis of Openshift Infrastructure [Beta Release Pending]

Expands the capabilities of Insights to provide analysis of Openshift infrastructures (Master & Nodes).

Global Group Filtering [Beta & Stable]

Global group filters are now located throughout the UI, on almost all pages. These filters allow for modified views to only show the results within a selected group. The selected filter will remain with you as you navigate through Insights, until you reset or select another group.

Additional Page Filtering Capabilities [Beta & Stable]

Additional filtering capabilities have been added to Actions and Inventory views. Results can now be filtered by System Status (Checking-In or Stale), System Health (Affected or Healthy), and Incidents. Filtering is now designed to provide a consistent user experience no matter what page within Insights is being used.

Red Hat Insights Blog Subscription [Beta & Stable]

In an effort to keep users up to date with the latest news regarding Red Hat Insights, users are now automatically subscribed to the Red Hat Insights blog. New blog posts are submitted as new rules or features are added to Insights. Users can manage their subscriptions to this blog.

Red Hat’s Status Page Integration [Stable]

Integration with the Red Hat Status Page (status.redhat.com) has been completed and now provides up-to-date status of Red Hat Insights availability. The status page is used to communicate current outages, known availability issues or upcoming maintenance windows of Red Hat Insights stable, beta, and API.

Automatic Stale System Removal [Beta & Stable]

Automatic removal of stale systems helps users focus on the most up-to-date critical actions in their infrastructure, without the noise of older stale systems. A “stale” system is a system that is no longer checking-in with the Insights service daily, as expected. Once identified, the UI will highlight this system for action to be taken. After one month has passed with a stale status, the system will automatically be removed from Insights views.

Executive Reporting Enhancements [Beta]

Executive reporting was added in the April 2017 update of Red Hat Insights, providing users with views of historical trends and snapshots of infrastructure health. We have received multiple requests to enhance the reporting and have added the following features:

  • Progress tracking and reporting on the number of issues resolved over the past 30 days.
  • Appendix of all rule hits provides a quick report of issues identified by Insights within an account infrastructure, and the number of impacted systems.
  • Overall Score improvements, on hover-over, provide additional details of what the score means and how it’s calculated. Additionally, the score color is modified based on the health of all systems.
  • Export to PDF allows users to save and share their complete executive report. [Coming Soon]

Planner and Ansible Playbook Generation Improvements [Beta]

The Planner and playbook-builder UI has been improved to allow for more flexibility when adding to existing plans or creating new plans. Systems can now be added to previously specified groups, as individual systems, or all systems. Actions available to add are now displayed in intelligent views to allow for easier and quicker selection.

** The Insights team thanks all those who helped beta test. We're always hard at work adding new features and functionality. Let us know how we can continue to improve Insights.**


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Will Nix

Will manages the Technical Marketing team for RHEL Please in Red Hat's Management Business Unit, evangelizing the management portfolio and engaging with and assisting customers and Red Hat teams to build portfolio level proactive systems management solutions.