Chapter 1. Major Features

The following are the major features released as part of Red Hat Network Satellite 5.4.
  • RHN Satellite 5.4 supports Red Hat Enterprise Linux 6 clients and content, due to SHA256 feature work. Previous versions of Satellite do not provide support for Red Hat Enterprise Linux 6 clients.
  • RHN Satellite 5.4 and RHN Proxy Server 5.4 are available for installation on Red Hat Enterprise Linux Server 5 only. For full details, including architecture combinations supported, refer to the Red Hat Network Satellite Installaton Guide.
  • RHN Satellite now supports adding and managing external 3rd-party content repositories. Users can currently add yum-based repositories to their Satellite via URL and sync package content to make it available to one or more channels. For more information about this feature, refer to the Red Hat Network Satellite Reference Guide.
  • RHN Satellite users can now find and remove duplicated system registrations using the Duplicate Profile feature. With this feature, users can reclaim entitlements for re-provisioned and/or re-registered systems, alleviating the problem of one system taking two or more entitlements. Enhancements are also made within kickstart provisioning to eliminate the creation of duplicates over re-provisioning events. For more information about this feature, refer to the Red Hat Network Satellite Reference Guide.
  • The Flex Guest feature allows Satellite users to entitle virtual guest systems using special floating entitlements, such that they do not consume regular entitlements. Previous RHN Satellite users can use this feature to convert virtual guests consuming regular entitlements over to Flex Guest entitlements. For more information about this feature, refer to the Red Hat Network Satellite Reference Guide.
  • Support for Oracle 11g has been added to RHN Satellite. Users may deploy Oracle 11g as a Stand-Alone Database. For more information on Database requirements for RHN Satellite, refer to the Red Hat Network Satellite Installaton Guide.
  • SHA256 support has been added to RHN Satellite, which allows users to serve and manage content (such as RPM files) that use SHA256 to calculate file checksum as well as package signature and verfication.
  • Package installation dates have been added to the RHN Satellite Web users interface. Users can now see the date and time a package was updated without checking the RHN Satellite system log files.
  • System links (symlink) support has been added to RHN Satellite configuration management. Users can add symlinks to configuration files and Satellite will manage and verify whether the symlinks are correctly deployed on the target system.
  • SELinux support has been added to RHN Satellite configuration management. Users can set SELinux context on configuration files within the RHN Satellite Web user interface, which eases deployment of Satellite-managed configuration files on an SELinux deployed client system.