Red Hat Satellite and Proxy Server Life Cycle

Overview


Red Hat provides a published product life cycle for Red Hat Satellite server (“Satellite”) and its associated federation enablement component, Red Hat Satellite Proxy server (“Satellite Proxy”), so that customers and partners can effectively plan, deploy, and support their systems management infrastructure and associated Red Hat Enterprise Linux systems.

This life cycle encompasses stated time periods for each major version of Satellite, such as versions 4, 5, or 6. The life cycle for each major version of Satellite is split into production phases, each identifying the various levels of maintenance over a period of time from the initial release date. The production phases reference a major version of the product, though multiple X.Y versions of the product may be supported at the same time. Customers are expected to upgrade their Satellite (and Satellite Proxy) to the most current supported version of the product in a timely fashion as older “.Y” versions of the products may be phased out of service at will. Bug fixes and feature-work will target only the latest major versions of the product, though some allowance may be given for high security risk items.

Software updates to Satellite are delivered via errata advisories. Errata can be released individually on an as-needed basis or aggregated as a minor release (e.g., v5.6). Errata may contain security and bug fixes, as well as feature enhancements that have been verified for the appropriate Satellite release and architecture. Security errata and urgent bug-fix errata may be released independently of errata advisories.

The Satellite product life cycle is designed to reduce the level of change within each major release over time, increasing predictability and decreasing maintenance costs. All released errata will remain accessible to active subscribers across the entire life cycle. Red Hat publishes this life cycle in an effort to provide as much transparency as possible and may make exceptions from these policies as conflicts may arise.

Red Hat Satellite 5 and 6 Life-Cycle Dates

General Availability End of Production 1 End of Production 2 End of Production 3 End of Extended Life Phase
Satellite and Proxy 51 June 26, 2007 June 26, 2010 Satellite 5.6 & 5.7:
May 29, 2015
Satellite 5.6 & above:
Jan 31, 2019
Satellite 5.8 ONLY:
May 31, 20202

All other Satellite 5 versions: Not supported*
Satellite Proxy 5 Stand-Alone3 June 26, 2007 June 26, 2010 May 29, 2015 Oct 31, 2017 Not supported*
Satellite 6 Sept 10, 2014 Jan 31, 2019 Jan 31, 2020 TBD TBD
  1. Satellite and Proxy 5 versions running on Red Hat Enterprise Linux 5: Red Hat Enterprise Linux 5 ended Production Phase 3 on March 31st, 2017. Satellite and Proxy 5.6 servers running on RHEL 5 are therefore no longer supported, per the ‘Dependent Software’ policy listed at the bottom of this page, and the underlying OS should be upgraded to RHEL 6 immediately to ensure full support.

  2. Red Hat Satellite 5.8: Please note that upgrading to 5.8 will assure you will continue to get all critical and security fixes in the product. Versions of Satellite older than 5.8 are not guaranteed to get additional fixes or updates. Additionally, it is important to note that Red Hat supports direct upgrades to Satellite 5.8 from any version of Satellite 5, including unsupported versions.

  3. 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.

Scope of Coverage

Support will be provided for use according to the published Scope of Coverage for Satellite. For a period of at least seven years immediately following the initial release of the major version of the products, Red Hat will provide errata maintenance for that major version of Satellite. To encourage the rapid adoption of new enterprise hardware and software while keeping the high standard of stability inherent in the Red Hat enterprise products, the product life cycle is divided into three phases of maintenance, described below.

Red Hat Satellite 5 and the Red Hat Network

Red Hat is transitioning from the Red Hat Network (RHN) hosted interface to the Red Hat Subscription Management (RHSM) interface. The transition began with the end of the RHN user interface in July 2017.

If you wish to continue using Red Hat Satellite 5, we highly recommend upgrading to the recently released Satellite 5.8 version as soon as possible. Satellite 5.8 has the ability to both register via Red Hat Subscription Manager (RHSM) and retrieve content from the Content Delivery Network (CDN).

If you do wish to stay on Satellite 5.6 & 5.7 for a period of time, special care needs to be taken with Satellite 5.6 & 5.7 servers to ensure the systems will work properly. Red Hat has released an erratum on this topic with instructions for allowing a Satellite 5.6 or 5.7 system registered via RHSM to continue to sync via satellite-sync. Additionally, reference the following article Prepare Satellite 5 systems for Red Hat Network’s End of Life’ which walks you through the steps of migrating your systems.

Learn more about the transition from RHN to RHSM

If you are using Red Hat Satellite 6, changes planned for RHN subscription services in July, 2017 will not impact you, and no action is needed.

Production Phases


Production 1 Phase

During the Production 1 Phase, qualified Critical and Important Security errata advisories (RHSAs) and Urgent and Selected High Priority Bug Fix errata advisories (RHBAs) may be released as they become available. Other errata advisories may be delivered as appropriate.

New or improved hardware support and select enhanced software functionality may be provided at the discretion of Red Hat. Minor (point) releases will also include available and qualified errata advisories (RHSAs, RHBAs, and RHEAs). Minor releases are cumulative and include the contents of previously released updates. The focus for minor releases during this phase is resolving defects of medium or higher priority.

Updated installation images will be provided for minor releases during the Production 1 Phase.

Production 2 Phase

During the Production 2 Phase, qualified Critical and Important Security errata advisories (RHSAs) and Urgent Priority Bug Fix errata advisories (RHBAs) may be released as they become available. Other bug fix (RHBA) and enhancement (RHEA) errata advisories may be released at Red Hat’s discretion, but should not be expected.

Expanded hardware support that does not require substantial software changes may be provided at the discretion of Red Hat. Minor releases will also include all available and qualified errata. Minor releases are cumulative and thus include the contents of previously released minor releases and errata advisories, including those from Production 1 Phase.

Updated installation images may be provided at Red Hat's discretion for minor releases during the Production 2 Phase.

Production 3 Phase

During the Production 3 Phase, Critical Impact Security Advisories (RHSAs) and selected Urgent Priority Bug Fix Advisories (RHBAs) may be released as they become available. Other errata advisories may be delivered at Red Hat's discretion.

New functionality, new hardware support, and/or updated installation images are not planned for availability in the Production 3 Phase. Minor releases and new installation ISOs are unlikely to be delivered during this phase. Support is focused on stability and migration to next major version.

Extended Life Phase and Extended Life Cycle Support Add-On

During the Extended Life Phase, a Red Hat Satellite subscription provides continued access to previously released content on the Red Hat Customer Portal, including documentation and the Red Hat Knowledgebase.

As an optionally available add-on to a Red Hat Satellite subscription, Red Hat offers an Extended Life Cycle Support (ELS) subscription. ELS delivers critical impact security fixes and selected Urgent Priority Bug Fix errata advisories that are available and qualified for a published subset of the packages in a specific major release of Red Hat Satellite that is beyond the end of the Production 3 Phase. For ELS subscribers, Red Hat will generally continue to proactively provide the Critical Impact security fixes if and when available independent of customer requests.

Limited Maintenance Phase

During Limited Maintenance, a Red Hat Satellite subscription provides continued access to previously released content on the Red Hat Customer Portal, including documentation and the Red Hat Knowledgebase. In addition, Critical Impact Security Advisories (RHSAs) and selected Urgent Priority Bug Fix Advisories (RHBAs) may be released as they become available. Other errata advisories may be delivered at Red Hat's discretion.

Product support during this time will be limited to maintaining production stability and preparing for migration or upgrade to a newer version of Red Hat Satellite.

Production Phase Notes

  • For a definition of security severity impact classifications, see Severity Ratings.
  • Full details of support services are provided as part of the subscription agreement.
  • Red Hat may address catastrophic issues with significant business impact for the customer through a hotfix, as a temporary measure while the bug-fix errata is being created.

Virtualization


Red Hat supports versions of Red Hat Satellite server that are still within their supported product life cycle running as virtualized guests on later versions of Red Hat Enterprise Linux. However, to qualify as supported, Red Hat may require that both the guest and host versions have the latest available errata applied.

The Red Hat Enterprise Linux Virtualization Support Matrix provides details on the supported combinations of operating systems, versions, and hardware architectures.

Dependent Software


Red Hat Satellite server may be dependent on software that enables functionality or serves as part of the underlying platform. This software (e.g., Oracle, Red Hat Enterprise Linux) may include asynchronous product support life cycles. If such software has ended its standard production life cycle (e.g., the end of Production Phase 3 for Red Hat Enterprise Linux), customers may be required to upgrade to a more recent version of Satellite. For example, Red Hat Enterprise Linux Extended Life Phase and/or Extended Lifecycle Support are not considered standard production life cycle phases and will not be a supported platform for either Satellite or Satellite Proxy.

The satellite-maintenance repository delivers Red Hat Ansible packages for use in the satellite-clone tool. These packages are supported for use in the satellite-clone tool only. Any other use of these packages from this repository are not supported by a Satellite Subscription.

Client Systems


Red Hat Satellite server is a systems-management platform for currently supported products. Client systems that have extended beyond their individual support life cycles will not be supported. For example, Red Hat Linux 9 and Red Hat Enterprise Linux 3 are no longer supported by Red Hat, and therefore Red Hat Satellite (and Satellite Proxy) server's ability to manage those systems is also no longer supported. Customers are advised to migrate away from unsupported client platforms promptly. For specific information about supported client systems, please see the Red Hat Satellite Server Reference Manual and the Red Hat Enterprise Linux Product Life Cycle guidance page.

Historical Product Life Cycle Information


Red Hat Satellite Server and Proxy 5.5 and Earlier1, 2

General Availability End of Production 1 End of Production 2 End of Production 3 End of Extended Life Phase
June 26, 2007 June 26, 2010 October 1, 2014 N/A3 May 29, 2015
  1. Satellite 5 versions running on Red Hat Enterprise Linux 4 are no longer supported as outlined in the Dependent Software section. For more information about upgrading to a more current version of Satellite, see Security Advisory RHSA-2012:1546.
  2. Again referencing the Dependent Software section, all versions of Satellite that natively use Oracle for database operations will no longer be supported as of May 29, 2015. Affected are all versions through 5.5. New installations of these versions may be restricted sooner at Red Hat’s discretion.
  3. For Satellite 5.5 and earlier versions, there will be no Production Phase 3 stage. The life cycle will transition from Production Phase 2 to the Limited Maintenance Phase.

Red Hat Satellite Server 4

General Availability End of Production 1 End of Production 2
August 31, 2005 August 31, 2008 December 31, 2010

Red Hat Satellite Server 3

General Availability End of Production 1 End of Production 2
March 23, 2004 March 23, 2007 March 23, 2009