Chapter 11. Managing software updates in the web console

The Software Updates module in the web console is based on the yum utility. For more information about updating sofware with yum, see the Checking for updates and updating packages section in the Configuring basic system settings title.

11.1. Managing manual software updates in the web console

This section describes how to manually update your software using the web console.

Prerequisites

Procedure

  1. Log in to the RHEL 8 web console.

    For details, see Logging in to the web console.

  2. Click Software Updates.

    The list of available updates refreshes automatically if the last check happened more than 24 hours ago. To trigger a refresh, click the Check for Updates button.

  3. Apply updates.

    1. To install all available updates, click the Install all updates button.

      cockpit install all updates

    2. If you have security updates available, you can install them separately by clicking the Install Security Updates button.

      cockpit install security updates

      You can watch the update log while the update is running.

  4. After the system applies updates, you get a recommendation to restart your system.

    We recommend this especially if the update included a new kernel or system services that you do not want to restart individually.

  5. Click Ignore to cancel the restart, or Restart Now to proceed with restarting your system.

    After the system restart, log in to the web console and go to the Software Updates page to verify that the update has been successful.

11.2. Managing automatic software updates in the web console

In the web console, you can choose to apply all updates, or security updates and also manage periodicity and time of your automatic updates.

Prerequisites

Procedure

  1. Log in to RHEL 8 web console.

    For details, see Logging in to the web console.

  2. Click Software Updates.
  3. If you want to automatically apply only security updates, click on the Apply all updates drop-down menu and select Apply security updates.
  4. To modify day of the automatic update, click on the every day drop-down menu and select a specific day.
  5. To modify time of the automatic update, click on the 6:00 drop-down menu and select a specific time.

    cockpit automatic updates

  6. If you want to disable automatic software updates, click on switch next to Automatic Updates to move it to disabled position.

    cockpit disabled auto updates