WHAT IS RED HAT INSIGHTS?

Red Hat Insights for Red Hat Enterprise Linux (RHEL) is a proactive operational efficiency and security risk management solution included in RHEL subscriptions for versions 6.4 and higher, as well as public cloud versions of RHEL. With advanced analytics, Insights helps identify and prioritize risks to your operations, security, and business. Insights also enables users to monitor for adherence to policies and understand configuration changes over time.

Key Benefits

Avoid unplanned downtime and better manage security risks

See through complexity to pinpoint risks and resolve them before an outage or breach occurs.

Understand where to focus attention

Understand crucial areas that need to be addressed, even with large and complex RHEL environments, to better manage operations and avoid “firefighting.”

Resolve potential problems quickly

Use included remediation guidance for each risk identified, without time-consuming research or trial and error efforts.

Ease administration with a single tool

Only Red Hat Insights codifies Red Hat’s expertise and makes it available to you when and where you need it on the public cloud, private cloud, or on-premises.

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Insights-client Configuration Options for Red Hat Insights

This reference guide for Red Hat Insights will be updated with any client configuration parameter changes as they are made available.
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Get Started with Red Hat Insights

Register

Register your systems by following the instructions below or with our Insights registration assistant.

Launch Registration Assistant

Review

Identify systems with security, compliance, and configuration risks across your environments.

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Remediate

Remediate issues at scale with Ansible Automation Platform and Smart Management.

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RED HAT INSIGHTS ON RED HAT ENTERPRISE LINUX (RHEL)

Guidance for installing Insights on RHEL systems managed by Red Hat Subscription Manager (RHSM)

Red Hat Insights is a Software-as-a-Service offering that provides actionable intelligence about your Red Hat Enterprise Linux environments, helping to identify and address operational and vulnerability risks before an issue results in downtime.

Data and application security

To perform an analysis of your environment, small pieces of system metadata are sent to the Red Hat Insights service. Learn more about how Red Hat reduces security risks when transmitting, processing, and analyzing this data.

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    Prerequisites

    • If you don't have a Red Hat account, create one now so that you can log in to Red Hat Insights. This is the same account that you use to read a knowledge base article or download Red Hat software. If your organization has a Red Hat account, contact your Organization Administrator to be added to the existing account.
    • If your system cannot be subscribed to Red Hat Subscription Management, see the Client Configuration documentation for authentication procedures that must be completed prior to Insights registration.
    • If you have a web-based proxy between your system and the Internet, you can configure the insights-client to connect through it. For more information, refer to How to access Red Hat Insights through a firewall/Proxy .
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    Connect (register and install)

    Red Hat Enterprise Linux (RHEL) v8.6, v9.0, or laterRed Hat Enterprise Linux (RHEL) v8.6, v9.0, or later

    Remote host configuration (rhc) is an optional configuration tool that simplifies connecting to Insights. Remote host configuration also enables infrastructureless remediation so that you can fix the system issues that Insights finds directly from cloud.redhat.com.

    1. Connect using rhc (remote host configuration) client:

      [root@server ~]# rhc connect
    2. Update the rhc client package:

      [root@server ~]# dnf -y update rhc
                                                                                      
                                                                                  
    3. Install Ansible to enable additional operations:

      [root@server ~]# dnf -y install rhc-worker-playbook ansible-core
                                                                                      
                                                                                  

    Read the Customer Portal article about rhc to learn more.

    RHEL versions 8.1, 8.2, 8.3, 8.4

    For new Red Hat Enterprise Linux systems that are connecting to Red Hat for the first time, register the system using Red Hat Subscription Management:


    [root@server ~]# subscription-manager register
                                                                                    
                                                                                

    Register to Insights:


    [root@server ~]# insights-client --register	
                                                                                    
                                                                                

    RHEL v7.x and v6.x

    Install the client on the RHEL system:


    [root@server ~]# yum install insights-client
                                                                                    
                                                                                

    Register the system using Red Hat Subscription Management:


    [root@server ~]# subscription-manager register
                                                                                    
                                                                                

    Register the system to Red Hat Insights:


    [root@server ~]# insights-client --register
                                                                                    
                                                                                
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    Assess

    Connect to Red Hat Insights at cloud.redhat.com and log in to the console to review the results of the initial Insights analysis. You can view the results for a single system, and for your infrastructure of registered systems, in the Insights dashboard.

    • Go to the Insights overview page on the Red Hat Hybrid Cloud console.
    • Launch the Insights tour to learn more about how Insights continuously analyzes your platforms and applications to predict risk and recommend remediation actions.
      • Click the light bulb icon in the lower corner.
      • In the Resource Center, click Take a tour > Insights tour.
    • When you exit the tour, return to the left navigation for Red Hat Insights and select Vulnerability > CVEs.
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    Learn More

    Follow the Red Hat Insights posts channel for announcements of new features and guidance from Red Hat experts to help you understand and use Insights services. Learn more about Insights services by reading the documentation on the Red Hat Customer Portal.

RED HAT INSIGHTS ON SATELLITE RED HAT ENTERPRISE LINUX (RHEL)

Guidance for installing Insights on RHEL systems managed by Satellite

Data and application security

To perform an analysis of your environment, small pieces of system metadata are sent to the Red Hat Insights service. Learn more about how Red Hat reduces security risks when transmitting, processing, and analyzing this data.

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    Prerequisites

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    Install and connect

    • Automate your installation using Ansible. You can deploy Red Hat Insights using the Ansible role (RedHatInsights.insights-client Ansible) included with your Smart Management subscription.
      1. Add the RedHatInsights.insights-client role to the hosts. For new hosts, see Creating a Host in Red Hat Satellite. For existing hosts, see Using Ansible Roles to Automate Repetitive Tasks on Satellite Hosts in Configuring Satellite to use Ansible.
      2. To run the RedHatInsights.insights-client role on your host, navigate to Hosts > All Hosts and click the name of the host that you want to use.
      3. Click the Run Ansible roles button.
      4. Verify the host on the Insights > Overview page of the Satellite web UI.
    • Manual installation

    RHEL v8.4 or later

    Register your system and get connected to Red Hat Insights.

    RHEL v8.2:

    You can enable Red Hat Insights during installation. See the Release Notes for more information.

    RHEL v7.x and v6.x

    Install the client, then register the system to Red Hat Insights.

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    Assess

    After registration, the Insights client initiates an upload to Red Hat Insights for analysis. You can view your systems and the results of the Insights analysis by navigating to the Insights services at console.redhat.com.

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    Learn More

    Satellite synchronizes the inventory of its registered hosts with Insights so that the Insights Advisor service can provide security and performance recommendations. Read the blog post How to obtain Insights Advisor recommendations to learn more.

    Combine your Smart Management subscription with the cloud connector to integrate Red Hat Insights with Red Hat Satellite infrastructure, enabling remediation of any issues that Insights finds directly from the console. Watch the cloud connector setup video to learn more.

RED HAT INSIGHTS ON RED HAT ENTERPRISE LINUX (RHEL) IN THE PUBLIC CLOUD

Guidance for installing Insights on RHEL systems hosted on a Red Hat Certified Cloud and Service Provider (CCSP)

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    Prerequisites

    In order to register a cloud-based system to Insights, first you need to have a Red Hat single sign-on (SSO) account. If you subscribed to Red Hat Enterprise Linux on-demand through a public cloud marketplace but never interacted with Red Hat directly, you can easily create an account now.

    Create a new Red Hat account

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    Connect

    Existing RHEL systems managed by Red Hat Subscription Management (RHSM), Satellite, or Cloud Access

    If you are using RHSM, register all systems with Red Hat for updates and to resolve software dependencies. (Satellite users can skip this step.)


    [root@server ~]# subscription-manager register --auto-attach
                                                        
                                                    

    Install the client package on each system. If you’re using RHEL 8 or above, you can skip this step because the Insights client is installed by default.


    [root@server ~]# yum install insights-client

    Register the system to Insights.


    [root@server ~]# insights-client --register
                                                    
                                                

    Existing RHEL systems purchased from a marketplace and managed by Red Hat

    To connect RHEL 8.5 and newer systems to Insights, try the new Red Hat remote host configuration (rhc) utility. See Remote Host Configuration and Management and the article titled How to register a Red Hat Enterprise Linux system running on AWS to Insights.

    ou can deploy Red Hat Insights on an existing Red Hat Enterprise Linux system v8.4 or earlier that is managed by Red Hat, including on-demand, hourly systems purchased from cloud service provider marketplaces, as well as systems deployed from Red Hat Gold Images in AWS. Register systems to RHSM for updates and to resolve software dependencies.

    Register systems to RHSM for updates and to resolve software dependencies.


    [root@server ~]# subscription-manager register
                                                    
                                                

    Install the client on the RHEL system. If your system uses RHEL version 8 or later, the Insights client is installed by default, so you can skip this step.


    [root@server ~]# yum install insights-client
                                                    
                                                

    Register the system to Insights.


    [root@server ~]# insights-client --register
                                                    
                                                

    Existing RHEL systems purchased from a marketplace and managed by Red Hat

    To deploy Insights on an existing, cloud marketplace-purchased Red Hat Enterprise Linux system managed using Red Hat Update Infrastructure (RHUI), you must:

    Register systems to RHSM for updates and to resolve software dependencies.


    [root@server ~]# subscription-manager register
                                                    
                                                

    Install the client. If your system uses RHEL version 8 or later, the Insights client is installed by default, so you can skip this step.


    [root@server ~]# yum install insights-client
                                                    
                                                

    To get the full benefit of direct remediation using Insights with RHEL version 8.4 or later, install additional packages.


    [root@server ~]# yum install rhc-worker-playbook ansible-core
                                                    
                                                

    Use Remote Host Configuration (rhc) to register your RHEL version 8.4 or later system to Insights for RHEL.


    [root@server ~]# rhc connect
                                                    
                                                
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    Assess

    After registration, the Red Hat Insights client initiates the first upload of data to Insights for analysis. You can view the results of the analysis for a single system, or for your infrastructure of registered systems, in the Insights overview page.

    • Connect to Insights at console.redhat.com, and review the results of the initial Insights analysis.
    • From the console home page, using the navigation panel, click Red Hat Enterprise Linux > Red Hat Insights.
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    Learn More

    Explore the Resource Center to learn about new Insights features (Updates) and access webinars and blog posts. Select the lightbulb icon in the lower corner of the Insights overview page.

    Click Product Materials > Documentation in the navigation panel to learn more about Insights services.

AUTOMATION ANALYTICS AND RED HAT INSIGHTS

Learn more

Connecting to automation analytics and Red Hat Insights

In order to turn on automation analytics and Red Hat Insights data collection, you'll need:

Next steps:

RED HAT INSIGHTS ON RED HAT OPENSHIFT CONTAINER PLATFORM

Red Hat Insights continuously analyzes and assesses all remote health data from connected clusters. Results of the analysis are anonymized and provided to various teams to improve product quality and reliability, support efficiency, and increase operational and cost efficiency through Insights services available within the Hybrid Cloud Console.

Red Hat Hybrid Cloud Console is a set of managed services for installing, operating and upgrading your Red Hat OpenShift v4.x clusters. The console supports installing Red Hat OpenShift Container Platform and helps you manage both on-premise installations as well as Red Hat-managed clusters. Hybrid Cloud Console also provides landing pages for Insights services for OpenShift, available under the Red Hat Insights section of the navigation panel.

Prerequisites

To use Insights services with OpenShift you need:

  • One or more installed OpenShift Container Platform instances, version 4.2 or higher.
  • A Red Hat customer account with organization administrator access so that you can add sources to cost management and modify notification behaviors.
  • A supported web browser. For details about web browser requirements, see the Browser Support link at the bottom of the cloud platform landing page.

To get started with Red Hat Insights:

Available Insights services for OpenShift include:

Advisor

The advisor service offers proactive recommendations based on Red Hat experience with running OpenShift as a managed service, in addition to input from Red Hat solution architects and support, and based on machine learning models on top of OpenShift analytics data. Each recommendation provides actionable steps to prevent or resolve issues that are already present, including detailed information such as severity and category of the issue. Insights recommendations are integrated in OpenShift Web Console and Red Hat Advanced Cluster Manager.

Subscriptions

The Subscription service provides reporting of Red Hat OpenShift Container Platform subscription usage information. Subscriptions uses data available from Red Hat internal subscription services, in addition to data from Red Hat OpenShift reporting tools, to show aggregated cluster usage data in the context of the capacity of the Red Hat OpenShift subscription profile.

If you are using Red Hat OpenShift as the data collection tool, the steps you must take depend on multiple factors, including your installed versions, whether clusters are connected or disconnected, and the operating system of the clusters.

For Red Hat OpenShift Container Platform v4.1 or later with Red Hat Enterprise Linux CoreOS, data is reported to Hybrid Cloud Console through remote health monitoring. To enable subscription service reporting, simply confirm that the monitoring tool is active. Read the Subscription Service documentation to learn more.

Cost management

The cost management service helps you understand and track costs for clouds and containers. You can access the cost management service from the console home page by navigating to OpenShift > Cost Management > Overview.

Vulnerability

The Red Hat Insights vulnerability for OpenShift service provides information about the exposure of your Red Hat-deployed OpenShift clusters to common vulnerabilities and exposures (CVEs). CVEs are security exposures or flaws that are identified in publicly-released software packages.

Note: The vulnerability service provides CVE data on the infrastructure of your OpenShift clusters, not the workloads that are running within the clusters.

Additional services

Red Hat Insights is your connector to additional OpenShift features and services integrated either with Hybrid Cloud Console or the OpenShift product. This includes handling of cluster ownership changes, updates to your pull secret, and access to Red Hat content for your build pipeline.

Learn More

Click Documentation in the OpenShift navigation panel to find out more about managing clusters and monitoring your OpenShift cluster health with Insights advisor.

Topics

Introduction to Red Hat Insights

Introduction

More than a monitoring system, Insights pinpoint security and configuration risks and enables security and IT teams to resolve problems before downtime results, now with the ability to define and alert for non-compliance with internal policies. Insights' updated platform provides Red Hat expertise-as-a-service across Red Hat Enterprise Linux deployed to physical, virtual, containers and private and public cloud environments.

Additional Resources

Blog post: Red Hat Insights Guidelines for Deployment at Scale

Highlights features Red Hat has in place to assist with large deployments.

Set up and use Cloud Connector with Insights and Smart Management

Cloud Connector is used to integrate Red Hat Insights with Red Hat Satellite 6.7 infrastructure and enables remediation of any issues directly from the Insights console.

Red Hat Insights Technical FAQ

Answers to common technical questions about Red Hat Insights.

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