Chapter 24. System roles
This chapter lists the most notable changes to system roles between RHEL 8 and RHEL 9.
24.1. Performing system administration tasks with RHEL System Roles
As of Red Hat Enterprise Linux 9.0 General Availability (GA) release, RHEL System Roles includes the
ansible-core 2.12 package. This is a version of Ansible that has only the core functionality - that is, it does not include modules such as
blivet for the
gobject for the
network role, and plugins such as
With RHEL System Roles, you can take advantage of a configuration interface to remotely manage multiple RHEL systems. As an option to the traditional RHEL System Roles format, you can benefit from Ansible Collections, available in the Automation Hub only for Ansible Automation Platform Customers or via
RPM package, available for RHEL users.
RHEL System Roles support
Support for the following roles are available:
cockpitRHEL System Role. You can automate the deployment and configuration of the web console and, thus, be able to manage your RHEL systems from a web browser.
firewallRHEL System Role.
ha_clusterRHEL System Role, formerly presented as a Technology Preview, is now fully supported.
nbde_clientRHEL System Role now supports servers with static IP addresses.
The Microsoft SQL (
microsoft.sql.server) role for Microsoft SQL Server. It simplifies and automates the configuration of RHEL with recommended settings for MSSQL Server workloads. Currently, the SQL Server does not support running on RHEL 9. You can only run the role on a RHEL 9 control node to manage the SQL Server on RHEL 7 and RHEL 8.
VPNRHEL System Role, to configure VPN connections on RHEL systems by using Red Hat Ansible Automation Platform. Users can use it to set up host-to-host, network-to-network, VPN Remote Access Server, and Mesh configurations.
IPMImodules, to automate hardware management interfaces available in the
To learn more about the RHEL System Roles, see the documentation title Administration and configuration tasks using System Roles in RHEL.
Support for Ansible Engine 2.9 is no longer available in RHEL 9
Ansible Engine 2.9 is no longer available in Red Hat Enterprise Linux 9. Playbooks that previously ran on
Ansible Engine 2.9 might generate error messages related to missing plugins or modules. If your use case for Ansible falls outside of the limited scope of support for Ansible Core provided in RHEL, contact Red Hat to discuss the available offerings.
RHEL System Roles now uses Ansible Core
As of the RHEL 9 General Availability release,
Ansible Core is provided with a limited scope of support to enable RHEL supported automation use cases.
Ansible Core is available in the AppStream repository for RHEL. For details on the scope of support, refer to Scope of support for the Ansible Core package included in the RHEL 9 AppStream.
As of Red Hat Enterprise Linux 9.0, the scope of support for Ansible Core in the RHEL AppStream is limited to any Ansible playbooks, roles, and modules that are included with or generated by a Red Hat product, such as RHEL System Roles.