Red Hat Satellite 5: Important information and changes

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The purpose of this page is to help you understand the Red Hat Satellite 5 product lifecycle and how it might affect you. Satellite 5 is a systems management platform which has been in existence for over 10 years. Red Hat Satellite 6, originally introduced in 2014, is the future of Red Hat systems management, and ultimately our long-term recommendation for managing your Red Hat infrastructure. With Satellite 5.7 and below reaching end-of-life on January 31, 2019, you should upgrade to 5.8 or transition to 6.x ASAP. Please use this page as a reference document to help you in your planning efforts.

Satellite 5 Support Life-Cycle Dates

All versions of Red Hat Satellite 5 reach end-of-life on January 31, 2019 with the exception of Satellite 5.8, which is offered and supported until May 31, 2020.

Product Name and Version End of Maintenance Support 2 Phase
Satellite and Proxy 5.8 May 31, 2020
Satellite and Proxy 5.7 & 5.6 Jan 31, 2019
Proxy 5.x Stand-Alone (No Satellite server)* Oct 31, 2017

*Red Hat Satellite Proxy server ‘Stand-Alone’ references a component of a Red Hat Satellite deployment which is used as a stand-alone (Satellite-less) offering, and as of October 31, 2017 is now end-of-life.

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Satellite 5.8 - The only choice for extended use of Satellite 5

Red Hat Satellite 5.8 includes several enhancements and programs, including:

  • Increased speed with channel install and content syncing. For the first time in Satellite 5, customers can register, activate, and update the Satellite server from the Customer Portal, as well as synchronize content via the Red Hat Content Delivery Network. See "Satellite 5.8 cdn-sync Performance Comparison (vs satellite-sync)"
  • Improved diagnostics of background tasks and jobs. Red Hat Satellite 5.8 introduces the Taskotop utility, which monitors Taskomatic activities and provides insights and information on the status of jobs, which can now run background tasks individually or in bulk.
  • Updated support of Oracle DB and PostgreSQL. Red Hat Satellite 5.8 offers expanded support for two additional databases: External Oracle Database 12c and Embedded/Managed PostgreSQL 9.5 DB.
  • Extended Maintenance Phase 2 beginning in 2019 and ending May 31st 2020. Satellite 5.8 is the only minor release of the Satellite 5 product line to offer an Extended Maintenance Phase beginning in early 2019 and ending May 31st, 2020.

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Transition from Satellite 5 to Satellite 6

Red Hat Satellite 6 is not merely an update to the Satellite systems management product line, but a leap forward from its previous versions with the most advanced technologies available today. This leap in technology and design reaffirms Red Hat Satellite as the premier manager of your workloads for the next generation of computing platforms—embracing modern models of bare-metal, virtual, and cloud-based management.

Considering Red Hat Satellite 6 is a complete technology update to the Red Hat Satellite family, refreshing your Red Hat Satellite deployment from version 5 to 6 is a transition, not a traditional upgrade.

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Where I can find more details about the Satellite 5.8 End of Life?

Please, refer to the Satellite 5.8 after End Of Life - FAQ for more information.