​Red Hat Satellite 6.1 finally arrives

The new version of Red Hat's systems management program brings significant upgrades in three key areas.

Red Hat Enterprise Linux (RHEL) users who have been waiting impatiently for Red Hat Satellite 6.1 don't have to wait any longer. It's available now.

Red Hat Satellite 6.1 is ready for deployment.

Red Hat Satellite 6.1 is Red Hat's systems management solution for managing Red Hat servers and services. It's not been that long since Red Hat Satellite 6.0 appeared -- in September 2014. But, Red Hat's push into the cloud, DevOps, and containers combined to make the need for an update urgent.

System administrators should be happy with its new features. The new program brings significant upgrades in three key areas.

Container Management

Satellite 6.1's core capabilities now extend to Docker container deployments. This makes them more scalable, manageable and consistent. At the same time it enables allow Docker users to tap into its modern design as they seek more control around versioning, authentication and integration with existing platforms. A scalable on-premise registry with role-based access controls, auditing and a robust application programming interface (API) are also now available for developers seeking to manage systems in a container-based environment.


Besides overall security improvements and bug-fixes, Satellite 6.1 introduces OpenSCAP, the National Institute of Standards and Technology (NIST) standardized approach to maintaining enterprise system security, as a tech preview. OpenSCAP automatically verifies the presence of patches, checks system security configuration settings and examines systems for signs of compromise in daily/weekly/monthly cadences that can be customized to fit your company's security protocols.


Satellite now enables automatic bare-metal discovery of unknown nodes on the provisioning network. In addition, new nodes self-register to Satellite and upload their hardware data. Then, based upon an administrator's preset rules, Satellite can determine what type of system to provision. For example, a system that reports a large amount of memory or is of a specific hardware model can automatically be provisioned as a database server.

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Other new capabilities introduced in Red Hat Satellite 6.1 include:

  • Multiple Network Support for provisioning systems with complex networking requirements, including VLANs, Bonds and Aliased interfaces. Satellite 6.1 includes newer provisioning templates and workflows that enable the setup of complex interfaces as systems are initially provisioned.
  • Isolated Capsule Server, a key component of large Red Hat Satellite installations, now features several communication improvements. Communications between the managed host, Capsule Server and Satellite Server are now better isolated and streamlined for a more secure environment. This enables system administrators to more easily deploy Red Hat Satellite Capsule.
  • Tech preview of Red Hat Access Insights This is a new automated, opt-in service. Satellite users can identify key risks to stability, performance and security through Red Hat Access Insights, which offers recommendations of how to address discovered issues.

Ready to put Satellite to work? It's now generally available to all Red Hat Satellite customers with a valid subscription.

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