Red Hat Network Module and Architecture Overview Tables

  • Your Red Hat Subscription provides you with a variety of functional capabilities based on your level of service.
  • The following tables will help you get a better understanding of what functionality is available with Basic Update and with Smart Management.
  • There is also a table to help show the differences between three architectures (RHN Classic and Red Hat Satellite) that will enhance the functionality of your deployment.

Add-on comparison table

Architecture comparison table

Red Hat Enterprise Linux Add-on - Comparison table

Management Feature Update Smart Management
Simple Web User Interface
yes
yes
Priority Email Notification - Users get the first notifications and first availability to new errata and updates, guaranteeing their systems are up to date.
yes
yes
Errata Information - Features a full list of all errata for user's systems, complete with versions, packages, and other important information.
yes
yes
RPM Dependency Checking - With our database of over 1 million dependencies, users can be sure software downloads have the necessary packages to be stable for your configuration.
yes
yes
Auto Update A server does not have to be updated each time a new errata is administered—it will simply download and install content on its own.
yes
yes
Systems Grouping - Allows maintenance of groups rather than individual systems.
no
yes
Systems Permissions - Group your systems according to your needs and then assign permissions to different administrators.
no
yes
Scheduled Actions - Schedule a certain errata update for a system or group.
no
yes
Systems Search - Search your systems or workgroups by packages, errata, or systems specifications. Use our Advanced Search for even more granularity in your search.
no
yes
Package Profile Comparison - Users can compare two systems directly against each other, or build a package profile to compare against. Results let you see the differences on both machines.
no
yes
Provisioning of Bare Metal and Virtual Guests - Automatically provision a system using kickstart to deploy OS, packages, and activation keys (groups, channels, policies and permissions) of your choice.
no
yes
Existing State Provisioning - Automatically provision a system to take on the state of an existing system or a predefined installation.
no
yes
Multi State Rollback - Allows users to track RPM state - installation, upgrades and removals on Systems. Can be used to rollback small RPM deltas to previously installed package versions.
no
yes
Configuration Management - Easily configure text files for individual or groups of systems. Combine with Kickstart actions to enable a complete provisioning action.
no
yes
RPM Based Application Deployment - More than just OS provisioning, system management functionality includes the ability to deploy your RPM-based applications.
no
yes
Kickstart Configuration Writer - Write Kickstart configuration scripts with our tool, or point to an existing system and have RHN create the script to provision that system.
no
yes

Architecture comparison table

Management Feature Red Hat Network Classic Red Hat Satellite
Simple Web User Interface
yes
yes
API Access Layer* - Write command line scripts or use scripted information from other applications to easily integrate RHN into your existing infrastructure.
yes
yes
Custom Channels (Repositories) - Manage your systems with your own customized spins of the operating system, including your own RPM-based third party applications.
no
yes
Local Package Caching - Content is cached locally on your network for faster downloads and easier distribution.
no
yes
Single Port Access - Manage all your outbound and inbound connections between RHN and your systems through a single system port.
no
yes
Local Database Repository - All information about your systems, policies, and profiles is stored locally on your infrastructure.
no
yes
Channel (Repository) Cloning and Management Tools - Easily create, clone, or customize your own channels with our Channel Management tools.
no
yes
Channel Permissions - Create custom channels and then assign management permissions to each of them.
no
yes
Canned Reports - Generate pre-configured reports that can be generated as needed for complete audit and infrastructure accountability.
no
yes
IPv6 Ready - For large networks, IPv6 is a 'must have'.
no
yes
Clone-by-date - Administrators can create and maintain custom-cloned Red Hat Enterprise Linux channels based on the date that content (Errata) was made available from the Red Hat Enterprise Linux official channel.
no
yes
Errata Cloning and Management - Easily create, clone, or customize your own errata. Very useful for enterprise customers with multiple environments (either physical or logical) that require customized information or packages in their errata.
no
yes
Instant Update - Administrators can push updates out to managed systems rather than wait for individual systems to check in.
no
yes
Complete Off Network Capability - Systems management on-premise and off network. 'Disconnect' from the public Internet for complete security.
no
yes
PXE Boot Provisioning - Kickstart systems via Preboot Execution Environment redirection.
no
yes
Integrated Network Install Tree - Store all default boot images, network install trees, and packages for Red Hat Enterprise Linux all integrated with your complete RHN solution.
no
yes
Configuration Management Profiles - Store configuration management profiles in an integrated directory for easier deployment.
no
yes
Enhanced subscription and system reporting - Reporting now includes newer capabilities across subscription consumption and hardware details, providing in-depth details on subscription consumption and hardware facts across the totality of your Red Hat deployment.
no
yes
Client-side crash analysis - Crashes can be centrally reported to the administrator for improved awareness, analysis, and timely triage using ABRT (Automatic Bug Reporting Tool).
no
yes
Automated provisioning in PXE-less environments - Cobbler buildiso support allows for automated provisioning in environments without a PXE option via creation of custom ISOs.
no
yes
Hot-backups - Zero downtime = more productivity and enhanced availability.
no
yes
Inter-Satellite Sync (ISS) - Inter-Satellite Sync (ISS): Retain and refine Channel (or repository) access permissions when synching from one Satellite to another, providing finer levels of control over access permissions per Satellite, per Organization, and, by extension, per Channel.
no
yes
OpenSCAP support - Security audit state (Security Content Automation Protocol or SCAP) reports of Red Hat Enterprise Linux systems running inside your environment.
no
yes

* Red Hat Network Classic API is much smaller in functionality compared to Satellite. This is based on the fact Satellite has many more features than the RHN Classic code base.