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Red Hat Ansible Automation Platform 2.1

New features, enhancements, and bug fix information

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Abstract

A summary of new features, enhancements, and bug fix information for Red Hat Ansible Automation Platform.

Chapter 1. Overview

Red Hat Ansible Automation Platform simplifies the development and operation of automation workloads for managing enterprise application infrastructure lifecycles. It works across multiple IT domains including operations, networking, security, and development, as well as across diverse hybrid environments. Simple to adopt, use, and understand, Red Hat Ansible Automation Platform provides the tools needed to rapidly implement enterprise-wide automation, no matter where you are in your automation journey.

1.1. What’s included in Ansible Automation Platform

Ansible Automation PlatformAutomation controllerAutomation hubAutomation services catalogInsights for Ansible Automation Platform

2.1.1

4.1.1

4.4.1

hosted service

hosted service

Chapter 2. Upgrading Ansible Automation platform

Perform upgrades to maintenance versions of Ansible Automation Platform using the installer. The installer performs all necessary actions required to upgrade to the latest versions of Ansible Automation Platform, including Ansible Tower and Private Automation Hub.

Important

Do not use yum update to run upgrades.

Refer to the table in What’s included in Ansible Automation Platform for information on maintenance releases of Ansible Automation Platform.

See the Red Hat Ansible Automation Platform Upgrade Guide for information on upgrading your Ansible Automation Platform.

See the Ansible Automation Platform Installation Guide for procedures on using the Ansible Automation Platform installer.

Chapter 3. February 2022 release

3.1. Ansible Automation Platform 2.1.1

Red Hat Ansible Automation Platform simplifies the development and operation of automation workloads for managing enterprise application infrastructure lifecycles. It works across multiple IT domains including operations, networking, security, and development, as well as across diverse hybrid environments. Simple to adopt, use, and understand, Red Hat Ansible Automation Platform provides the tools needed to rapidly implement enterprise-wide automation, no matter where you are in your automation journey.

Enhancements and bug fixes

  • Added OCP 4.10 compatibility
  • Added support for HTTP proxy when pushing execution environment images
  • Added ability to configure nginx headers on Controller
  • Changed the setup.log file to no longer be world readable
  • Fixed an issue during controller deployment where the web-container will fail to start up, resulting in a failed installation
  • Fixed a Server Error 500 that occurs after an Operator upgrade on OCP

3.2. Automation Hub 4.4.1

Automation Hub allows you to discover and utilize new certified automation content from Red Hat Ansible and Certified Partners. On Ansible Automation Hub, you can discover and manage Ansible Collections which is supported automation content developed by both partners and Red Hat for use cases such as cloud automation, network automation, security automation, and more.

Enhancements and bug fixes

  • Added tasking system permissions so that users with the appropriate permissions can view and manage tasks
  • Added name, namespace name, and registry requirements when add/editing an execution environment
  • Fixed an error where certified collections will fail to install from a private hub
  • Fixed a bug where the registry sync status will not display on the remote registries page

3.3. Automation controller 4.1.1

Automation controller replaces Ansible Tower. Automation controller introduces a distributed, modular architecture with a decoupled control and execution plane. The name change reflects these enhancements and the overall position within the Ansible Automation Platform suite.

Automation controller provides a standardized way to define, operate and delegate automation across the enterprise. It also introduces new, exciting technologies and an enhanced architecture that enables automation teams to scale and deliver automation rapidly to meet ever-growing business demand.

Enhancements and Bug fixes

  • Added the ability to specify additional nginx headers
  • Fixed analytics gathering to collect all the data the controller needed to collect
  • Fixed the controller to no longer break subsequent installer runs when deleting the demo organization

See automation controller Release Notes for 4.x for a full list of new features and enhancements.

Chapter 4. January 2022 release

4.1. Ansible Automation Platform 1.2.6

Red Hat Ansible Automation Platform simplifies the development and operation of automation workloads for managing enterprise application infrastructure lifecycles. It works across multiple IT domains including operations, networking, security, and development, as well as across diverse hybrid environments. Simple to adopt, use, and understand, Red Hat Ansible Automation Platform provides the tools needed to rapidly implement enterprise-wide automation, no matter where you are in your automation journey.

Enhancements and bug fixes

  • Updated openshift-clients package that ships with Ansible Tower 3.7 and 3.8
  • Modified database backup and restore logic to compress dump data
  • Added ability to provide custom secret key when running rekey.yml
  • Fixed a bug where the selinux-policy was not recognized during installation

Chapter 5. December 2021 release

5.1. Ansible Automation Platform 2.1

Red Hat Ansible Automation Platform simplifies the development and operation of automation workloads for managing enterprise application infrastructure lifecycles. It works across multiple IT domains including operations, networking, security, and development, as well as across diverse hybrid environments. Simple to adopt, use, and understand, Red Hat Ansible Automation Platform provides the tools needed to rapidly implement enterprise-wide automation, no matter where you are in your automation journey.

Enhancements

  • Automation Mesh introduces separate execution capacity and update your cluster without downtime with Automation Mesh that connects the cluster with a flexible communication method using receptor
  • The platform installer can deploy a Highly Available (HA) Automation Hub cluster
  • Automation Hub connects instances to external Red Hat SSO instances and for the installer to deploy Red Hat SSO
  • Bundle installer provides the execution environment as part of the bundle
  • In the platform installer, rsync is not required anymore
  • The platform installer supports both with rsync and without rsync environment
  • Added support for sshpass 1.09
  • The platform operator has been upgraded to operator-sdk 1.11
  • Added support for OpenShift Container Platform 4.10
  • Added support for disconnected environment in the platform operator
  • Added support for SSO configuration for Hub in the platform operator
  • Added a must-gather container to help troubleshoot operator issues in the platform operator
  • Upgraded execution environment to ansible-core 2.12
  • Updated execution environment collections to core-2.12 compatible collections

5.2. Automation controller 4.1

Automation controller replaces Ansible Tower. Automation controller introduces a distributed, modular architecture with a decoupled control and execution plane. The name change reflects these enhancements and the overall position within the Ansible Automation Platform suite.

Automation controller provides a standardized way to define, operate and delegate automation across the enterprise. It also introduces new, exciting technologies and an enhanced architecture that enables automation teams to scale and deliver automation rapidly to meet ever-growing business demand.

New features

  • Separate control and execution layers.
  • Automation execution environments are container images that provide a standardized way to build and distribute environments where automation runs.
  • Automation mesh allows distributed execution across on-premises environments, the hybrid cloud, and the edge. It replaces Ansible Tower and isolated nodes.

Removed

  • Support for custom Python virtual environments for execution.

See Automation controller Release Notes for 4.x for a full list of new features and enhancements.

Chapter 6. October 2021 release

6.1. Red Hat Insights for Red Hat Ansible Automation Platform

Insights for Ansible Automation Platform gives you feedback about your automation deployments through insights and governance which allow you to view information about automation health, usage, and performance across your enterprise.

This release introduces reports to Insights for Ansible Automation Platform. The reports feature on the Ansible Automation Platform provides users with a visual overview of their automation efforts across different teams using Ansible. Each report is designed to help users monitor the status of their automation environment, be it the frequency of playbook runs or the status of hosts affected by various job templates.

Reports feature

  • Added a reports feature that gives you a visual overview of how your Ansible automation environment is running, across a variety of metrics.

Chapter 7. September 2021 release

7.1. Red Hat Ansible Automation Platform 1.2.5

Red Hat Ansible Automation Platform simplifies the development and operation of automation workloads for managing enterprise application infrastructure lifecycles. It works across multiple IT domains including operations, networking, security, and development, as well as across diverse hybrid environments. Simple to adopt, use, and understand, Red Hat Ansible Automation Platform provides the tools needed to rapidly implement enterprise-wide automation, no matter where you are in your automation journey.

7.2. Ansible Tower 3.8.4

Ansible Tower helps teams centralize and control your IT infrastructure with a visual dashboard, role-based access control, job scheduling, integrated notifications and graphical inventory management. Easily embed Ansible Automation into existing tools and processes with REST API and CLI.

Bux fixes

  • Running inventories of ~60k hosts no longer takes a very long time for events to show up
  • Removed artifact_data from data sent to analytics as part of playbook_on_stats, since artifact_data can contain PII or sensitive data
  • Updated Django version to 2.2.20
  • Regular users are no longer experiencing longer load times than a superuser when clicking to edit a job template
  • Updated password validation support to allow modifying password complexity requirements using some Django configurations
  • Fixed AWS inventory tags filtering to support the OR condition
  • Fixed a python-urllib3 vulnerability (CVE-2021-33503)

See Ansible Tower Release Notes v3.8.4 for a full list of new features and enhancements.

7.3. Automation Hub 4.2.6

Automation Hub allows you to discover and utilize new certified automation content from Red Hat Ansible and Certified Partners. On Ansible Automation Hub, you can discover and manage Ansible Collections which is supported automation content developed by both partners and Red Hat for use cases such as cloud automation, network automation, security automation, and more.

Automation Hub bug fixes

  • Implemented filters for state and keywords on imports API
  • Create 'inbound-namespaces' whenever a namespace is created

Chapter 8. July 2021 release

8.1. Red Hat Ansible Automation Platform 1.2.4

Red Hat Ansible Automation Platform simplifies the development and operation of automation workloads for managing enterprise application infrastructure lifecycles. It works across multiple IT domains including operations, networking, security, and development, as well as across diverse hybrid environments. Simple to adopt, use, and understand, Red Hat Ansible Automation Platform provides the tools needed to rapidly implement enterprise-wide automation, no matter where you are in your automation journey.

Bug fixes

  • Added the ability for Ansible Automation Platform 1.2.x to transition from venvs to execution environments smoothly to platform 2.x This includes three new awx-manage commands, check associations, and export venvs for building an execution environment.
  • Added Ansible 2.9.25 to the platform installer package
  • Fixed Tower’s NGINX Instance vulnerability (CVE-2021-23017). For any deployments on RHEL 8, the package comes from RHEL, and just applying the RHEL update resolves this.
  • Updated the backup and restore to now work without the automationhub group

8.2. Automation Hub 4.2.4

Automation Hub allows you to discover and utilize new certified automation content from Red Hat Ansible and Certified Partners. On Ansible Automation Hub, you can discover and manage Ansible Collections which is supported automation content developed by both partners and Red Hat for use cases such as cloud automation, network automation, security automation, and more.

Automation Hub bug fixes

  • Fix "CVE-2021-32052 django: header injection" by moving to django 2.2.23
  • Download collection artifacts from the galaxy apis instead of the pulp content app

Chapter 9. June 2021 release

9.1. Red Hat Insights for Red Hat Ansible Automation Platform

Insights for Ansible Automation Platform gives you feedback about your automation deployments through insights and governance which allow you to view information about automation health, usage, and performance across your enterprise.

This release introduces the automation savings planner to Insights for Ansible Automation Platform. The automation savings planner is a tool where users can track their automation efforts by creating automation savings plans, each with a defined set of tasks needed to complete their plans. Users can also view a calculation of their cost savings from automating these tasks.

  • Create an automation savings plan by specifying a list of tasks needed to complete an automation job.
  • Review the status of the various automation savings plans in your organization using the planner list view.
  • Link a job template to an associated automation savings plans.
  • Calculate the cost and monetary savings for an automation savings plan by reviewing the Statistics view in each plan.

Chapter 10. May 2021 release

10.1. Red Hat Ansible Automation Platform 1.2.3

The latest version of Red Hat Automation Platform includes the following:

10.1.1. Ansible Tower 3.8.3

Ansible Tower helps teams centralize and control your IT infrastructure with a visual dashboard, role-based access control, job scheduling, integrated notifications and graphical inventory management. Easily embed Ansible Automation into existing tools and processes with REST API and CLI.

Bux fixes

  • Analytics collection no longer cause lost job events when Tower is under load
  • Analytics collection now handles null characters in job event output
  • Pending jobs in /api/v2/metrics show correct counts
  • Project updates are no longer delayed when projects contain large files
  • Status for hosts are properly counted in notification payloads
  • SAML organization creation now properly assigns a default Galaxy credential
  • SAML configuration now properly denotes required SAML contact fields
  • Fixed a race condition in settings updates that previously lead to incorrect behavior
  • Log messages are updated to be more clear when rsyslog is unresponsive

See Ansible Tower Release Notes v3.8.3 for a full list of new features and enhancements.

10.1.2. Automation Hub 4.2.3

Automation Hub allows you to discover and utilize new certified automation content from Red Hat Ansible and Certified Partners. On Ansible Automation Hub, you can discover and manage Ansible Collections which is supported automation content developed by both partners and Red Hat for use cases such as cloud automation, network automation, security automation, and more.

Automation Hub bug fixes

  • Fix how travis checks for existence of Jira issues
  • Fixed synclist curation creating 2 * N tasks, where N is number of synclists. Now synclist curation is executed in batches. Number of batches is configured in project settings. By default it is set to 200 synclists per task.
  • Fix NamespaceLink creation and Validation on duplicated name.
  • API returns 409 in case of existing group with same name.
  • The namespaces api now performs a partial match on namespace name and namespace company name when using the 'keywords' query parameter.
  • Fix KeyError lookup in namespace and collection viewset
  • Fix error in error msg when importing invalid filenames
  • Fix the galaxy-importer check for max size of docs files
  • Only show synclist toggles to org admin. Non-org admins should get 403 response when viewing synclist endpoints.
  • Users should not be able to delete themselves regardless of having 'delete-user' permissions.
  • Prevent users with delete-user perms from deleting admin users
  • Make token and password obfuscated on the API docs for /sync/config
  • split proxy_url in 3 fields: username, password, address
  • Fix groups endpoint viewable only by admin
  • Expose pulp API in generated openapi spec.
  • Replace current PULP_REDIS* env variables with PULP_REDIS_URL env variable to accommodate PULP_REDIS_SSL.

Chapter 11. March 2021 release

11.1. Red Hat Ansible Automation Platform 1.2.2

The latest version of Red Hat Automation Platform includes the following:

11.1.1. Ansible Tower 3.8.2

Ansible Tower helps teams centralize and control your IT infrastructure with a visual dashboard, role-based access control, job scheduling, integrated notifications and graphical inventory management. Easily embed Ansible Automation into existing tools and processes with REST API and CLI.

Bux fixes and enhancements

  • Upgraded to the latest oVirt inventory plugin to resolve a number of inventory syncing issues that can occur on RHEL7
  • Upgraded to the latest theforeman.foreman inventory plugin to resolve a few bugs and performance regressions
  • Upgraded to a more recent version of Django to address CVE-2021-3281
  • Upgraded to a more recent version of autobahn to address CVE-2020-35678
  • Fixed a security issue that allowed a malicious playbook author to elevate to the awx user from outside the isolated environment https:https://access.redhat.com/security/cve/cve-2021-2025[CVE-2021-20253]
  • Fixed several issues related to how Tower rotates its log files
  • Fixed the installer to no longer prevent Tower from installing on RHEL8 with certain non-en_US.UTF-8 locales
  • Fixed unanticipated delays in certain playbook output
  • Fixed job runs to no longer fail for playbooks that print certain types of raw binary data
  • Fixed the generation of unnecessary records in the Activity Stream when Ansible Automation data is collected
  • Fixed PostgreSQL backups to no longer fail when a non-default PostgreSQL username is specified
  • Fixed access to encrypted Tower settings to prevent intermittent failures that caused failed job launches
  • Fixed unexpected failures on certain long-running jobs running on isolated nodes
  • Deprecated the global /api/v2/job_events/ endpoint, which will be removed in a future release

See Ansible Tower Release Notes v3.8.2 for a full list of new features and enhancements.

11.1.2. Automation Hub 4.2.2

Automation Hub allows you to discover and utilize new certified automation content from Red Hat Ansible and Certified Partners. On Ansible Automation Hub, you can discover and manage Ansible Collections which is supported automation content developed by both partners and Red Hat for use cases such as cloud automation, network automation, security automation, and more.

Automation Hub bug fixes and enhancements

  • Fixed the galaxy-importer check for max size of docs files
  • Removed ability for uses to delete themselves
  • Prevented users with delete-user permissions from deleting admin users
  • Obfuscated token and password on the API docs for /sync/config
  • Split the proxy_url into 3 fields: username, password, and address
  • Fixed ability to remove credentials from advanced options for repository sync
  • Added a new component to indicate when a secret field is set or not

Chapter 12. January 2021 release

12.1. Red Hat Ansible Automation Platform 1.2.1

The latest version of Red Hat Automation Platform includes the following:

12.1.1. Ansible Automation Platform 1.2.1 Installer

Ansible Automation Platform can be installed in various ways by choosing the best mode for your environment and making any necessary modifications to the inventory file. See Installing Ansible Automation Platform for more information.

Platform Installer bug fixes and enhancements

  • Updated the installer to ensure Automation Hub repositories are only enabled while running the installer
  • Updated the installer to allow it to pin a specific version of Automation Hub that needs to be installed
  • Fixed the installer to only install the DB where it belongs and not on all nodes
  • Fixed the installer to only check the RHSM Automation Hub repository when not using a bundled installer

12.1.2. Ansible Tower 3.8.1

Ansible Tower helps teams centralize and control your IT infrastructure with a visual dashboard, role-based access control, job scheduling, integrated notifications and graphical inventory management. Easily embed Ansible Automation into existing tools and processes with REST API and CLI.

Bux fixes and enhancements

  • Improved analytics collection to collect the playbook status for all hosts in a playbook run
  • Updated nginx on RHEL 7
  • Updated autobahn
  • Added aggregation support for applying multiple subscriptions to a single Tower installation
  • Fixed Tower to properly handle certain uploaded subscription manifests
  • Fixed Tower to properly respect the configured destination port when interacting with Red Hat Satellite 6 to obtain licensing/entitlement data
  • Fixed an error in the module documentation for the tower_license module* Fixed inventory updates from Satellite 6 and Tower to no longer fail unexpectedly
  • Fixed AWS inventory hosts to now properly track across inventory updates

See Ansible Tower Release Notes v3.8.1 for a full list of new features and enhancements.

12.1.3. Automation Hub 4.2.1

Automation Hub allows you to discover and utilize new certified automation content from Red Hat Ansible and Certified Partners. On Ansible Automation Hub, you can discover and manage Ansible Collections which is supported automation content developed by both partners and Red Hat for use cases such as cloud automation, network automation, security automation, and more.

Private Automation Hub bug fixes and enhancements

  • Fixed NamespaceLink creation and Validation on duplicated name
  • Fixed a bug where API returns 409 in case of existing group with same name
  • Updated the namespaces api to perform a partial match on namespace name and namespace company name when using the 'keywords' query parameter
  • Fixed KeyError lookup in namespace and collection viewset
  • Fixed error in error msg when importing invalid filenames
  • Enhanced content sync to better deal with Akamai rate limits

Chapter 13. November 2020 release

13.1. Red Hat Ansible Automation Platform 1.2.0

The latest version of Red Hat Automation Platform includes the following:

13.1.1. Ansible Tower 3.8.0

Ansible Tower helps teams centralize and control your IT infrastructure with a visual dashboard, role-based access control, job scheduling, integrated notifications and graphical inventory management. Easily embed Ansible Automation into existing tools and processes with REST API and CLI.

New Features

  • Subscription activation can now be done via connecting to Red Hat Satellite, or by importing a subscription manifest.
  • You can now integrate directly with Private Automation Hub as a source of content for Ansible Automation, and configure the priority of your content sources.
  • Inventory sources are now configured via full YAML inventory plugin configuration, allowing access to the full set of available customization and grouping options.

See Ansible Tower Release Notes v3.8.0 for a full list of new features and enhancements.

13.1.2. Automation Hub 4.2.0

Automation Hub allows you to discover and utilize new certified automation content from Red Hat Ansible and Certified Partners. On Ansible Automation Hub, you can discover and manage Ansible Collections which is supported automation content developed by both partners and Red Hat for use cases such as cloud automation, network automation, security automation, and more.

Private Automation Hub

  • Use the new private Automation Hub, which is hosted on-premises or on the cloud of your choice, to synchronize and manage this automation for enterprise use. Administrators can synchronize any desired certified Content Collections from Ansible Automation Hub into private Automation Hub, in addition to their own content, to provide a curated library of content for reusing and sharing across your internal automation community.

13.1.3. Automation Services Catalog

Automation Services Catalog provides lifecycle management, provisioning, retirement and cataloging of your automation resources. It works across multiple Ansible Automation Platform clusters allowing holistic analytics of automation across your entire infrastructure. It provides access to automation content in physical, virtual, cloud and container environments. Use this catalog when you need to control, organize, govern, and share automation content as well as when you must meet security and compliance requirements regarding the use of content.

Technology Preview

  • Connect your on-premise Ansible Tower infrastructure to communicate with Automation Services Catalog by installing the Receptor plug-in.

New Features

  • Use the new order process features to integrate Automation Services Catalog with an Information Technology Service Management (ITSM) systems such as ServiceNow.

Chapter 14. October 2020 release

14.1. Introduction

Red Hat Automation Analytics give you analytics and real-time feedback about your automation deployments through insights and governance which allow you to view information about automation health, usage, and performance across your enterprise.

14.2. New Features

October 2020

This Red Hat Automation Analytics release includes the following features:

  • The Job Explorer provides a detailed view of jobs run on Ansible Tower clusters across your organizations. You can access the Job Explorer by directly clicking on the navigation tab or using the drill-down view available across each of the application’s charts. See Evaluating your Ansible Tower jobs runs using the Job Explorer to learn more.

14.3. Enhancements

October 2020

This Red Hat Automation Analytics release includes the following enhancements:

  • A date filter on the Automation Calculator;
  • Additional details added to top templates.

14.4. Bug Fixes

This release of Red Hat Automation Analytics includes the following bug fixes:

  • Scaling on the Automation Calculator is corrected.

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