Red Hat Satellite 6: System management for Red Hat Enterprise Linux

Product overview

Red Hat® Satellite is a system management solution that makes Red Hat infrastructure easier to deploy, scale, and manage across physical, virtual, and cloud environments. This management tool helps users provision, configure, and update systems to keep them running efficiently, with security, and in compliance with various standards. By automating most system maintenance tasks, Red Hat Satellite helps organizations increase efficiency, reduce operational costs, and enable IT to better respond to strategic business needs.

Features and benefits of Red Hat Satellite

Red Hat Satellite automates many tasks related to system management and easily integrates into existing workflow frameworks. The centralized console gives administrators a single location for accessing reports and for provisioning, configuring, and updating systems.

Content management

Red Hat Satellite helps ensure the systematic application of content, including patches, to deployed systems — on physical, virtual, or cloud infrastructures — in all stages. This approach promotes greater system consistency and availability, and it frees IT to respond more quickly to business needs and vulnerabilities.

Feature Benefit
Content views Content views are collections of RPMs, Puppet modules, container content, or OSTree content refined with filters and rules. They are published and promoted throughout life-cycle environments, enabling end-to-end system management.
Red Hat content delivery network (CDN) integration

Lets users control synchronization of Red Hat content straight from the user interface.

Federated life-cycle management

Allows distribution and federation of provisioning, configuration, and content delivery via Red Hat Satellite Capsule Server.

Streamlined content synchronization

Lets users build systems almost immediately after install while content downloads in the background.


Ensure a standard operating environment (SOE) by getting updates on security patches, updates, and enhancements. In addition, quickly improve system security by patching multiple systems all at once.

Feature Benefit
Ability to define and manage SOE

Ensure SOE by getting updates on security patches, updates, and enhancements.

Automated patch

Quickly improve system security by patching hundreds or thousands of systems all at once.

Deployment and tracking of Red Hat software and third-party software

Deploy all Red Hat infrastructure as well as third-party software by pulling out all those software bits in Satellite. Once Satellite has that content, it also keeps track of it, improving security and ensuring better tracking of what is deployed on each system.


Administrators can provision on bare metal, virtualized infrastructure, and on public or private cloud environments — all from a centralized console using one simple process.

Feature Benefit

Provisioning on bare metal

Quickly provision and update your entire bare-metal infrastructure.

Provisioning on Red Hat VirtualizationRed Hat OpenStack® Platform, VMware, or multiple cloud providers

Easily create and manage instances across virtualized infrastructure or private and public cloud environments.

Provisioning using templates

Create complex Kickstart and Preboot Execution Environment (PXE) scenarios with powerful variables and snippets.

System discovery

Discover and search across nonprovisioned hosts for rapid deployment, even in environments where Dynamic Host Configuration Protocol (DHCP) and PXE are not available.


Analyze and automatically correct configuration drift and control, and enforce the desired host end state, all from the Red Hat Satellite user interface. This interface lets you efficiently configure Red Hat Enterprise Linux® systems for greater agility.

Feature Benefit
Remote execution Automates workflows and lets users take multiple actions against groups of systems — including rebooting a system after a patch install and conducting rolling upgrades across hundreds of systems.

Red Hat Insights integration

Uses advanced analytics to help detect risks, enables the creation of an Insights plan to remediate the risks and helps run Ansible® Playbooks all through the same Satellite interface.
Red Hat Ansible Automation Platform integration Allows for remote execution, desired state management, and automation of configuration management.

Subscription management

Easily report and map your Red Hat products to registered systems for end-to-end subscription consumption visibility.


Feature Benefit
Subscription management Easily import and manage the distribution of Red Hat software subscriptions.
Built-in reporting engine

Report and map purchased products to registered systems within Red Hat Satellite for end-to-end subscription usage visibility.


Connect your Red Hat managed systems to Red Hat Satellite on-premise, rather than connecting systems directly to a Red Hat hosted solution. With Red Hat Satellite and Red Hat Satellite Capsule Server, managing your growing Linux environment is easier than ever.

Red Hat Satellite Server

Red Hat Satellite Server connects directly to Red Hat to download updates and synchronize content, but it also has the flexibility to work in a completely disconnected environment. Red Hat Satellite capabilities include:

  • Multitenancy.
  • User and group role-based access control (RBAC) with external directories.
  • Powerful graphical user interface (GUI), command-line interface (CLI), and application programming interfaces (APIs).
  • Advanced subscription management.

Red Hat Satellite Capsule Server

Red Hat Satellite Capsule Server facilitates content federation and distribution, in addition to other localized services, including Puppet master, DHCP, Domain Name System (DNS), and Trivial File Transfer Protocol (TFTP). Satellite Capsule Server helps you easily scale Red Hat Satellite as the number of managed systems increases in your environment. It connects with Red Hat Satellite Server to enable localized systems management, including federated services and provisioning.

Red Hat Satellite highlights

  • Efficiently manage the Red Hat infrastructure life cycle easily, even in airgapped environments
  • Easily create and manage instances on bare metal, virtual machines, and private and public clouds
  • Quickly and easily manage configuration across thousands of systems
  • Powerfully manage content across RPMs, Red Hat container hosts, containers, and Puppet modules

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