Answer: The major features of each Satellite 6 release are listed below. In addition to the major features listed, each release also contains a number of fixes for stability, supportability, and performance. Red Hat recommends upgrading to the latest version of Satellite.
Red Hat Satellite 6.6
The Red Hat Satellite 6.6 release focuses on enhancements across reporting, automation, and supportability.
Key features of Red Hat Satellite 6.6 are below.
- Ansible® 2.8 upgrade
- Ansible variables as smart class parameters
- OpenSCAP deployed by Ansible
- Ability to schedule reports • Ability to email reports
- Reporting performance enhancements
- New default applied errata report
- Insights rules for Satellite
- Content view dependency resolution
- Composer integration
- Improved upgrade workflows
- Scale improvements and tuning parameters
- Task dashboard
- Additional notification drawer items (paused tasks or tasks need attention)
Red Hat Satellite 6.5
The Red Hat Satellite 6.5 release focuses on support for hosts running Red Hat Enterprise Linux 8 and support for FIPS on the Satellite host.
Key features of Red Hat Satellite 6.5 are below.
Red Hat Enterprise Linux 8:
- Red Hat Enterprise Linux 8 Patching
- Red Hat Enterprise Linux 8 Provisioning
- Red Hat Enterprise Linux 8 Application Streams
- Red Hat Enterprise Linux 8 System Purpose
- Red Hat Enterprise Linux System Roles
- Install Satellite on a FIPS Enabled Red Hat Enterprise Linux 7 Host
- OpenSCAP enhancements
- Satellite Admin Role
- Export Content Views
- Container Admin
- Run Satellite or Capsules in major cloud providers1
- Amazon Web Services
- Microsoft Azure
- Google Cloud Platform
- Alibaba Cloud
- IBM Cloud
- Infoblox IPAM Support
- New Reporting Engine
- Pre-canned reports for
- Host status
- Registered Hosts
- Applicable Errata
- Customize or create your own
Red Hat Satellite 6.4
The Red Hat Satellite 6.4 release focuses on enhancements in the Satellite user interface and improved integrations with Red Hat Ansible Automation Platform.
Key features of Red Hat Satellite 6.4 are organized into content areas below.
- Ansible embedded for remote execution
- Insights deployed through Ansible
- Ansible/Foreman integration and Ansible roles
- Puppet 5 support
- Pull templates from Git
- Vertical navigation
- Updated Red Hat repositories page
- Notification drawer enhancements
- Automatic republish of component content views
- Ability to update a manifest inside of Satellite
- Auditing of user events
- Provision to Amazon Web Services (AWS) GovCloud
- Load balanced capsules
- Ability to offload databases from Satellite Server
- Support for docker private repositories
- Preservation of custom configs
Performance and stability:
- Red Hat Enterprise Linux performance co-pilot integration
- Rebase of MongoDB to 3.x
- Tuning for PostgreSQL
- Other performance and stability fixes
For ease of reference, a summary of features from previous releases is included below.
Red Hat Satellite 6.3
The Red Hat Satellite 6.3 release increased product stability and usability.
Key features of Red Hat Satellite 6.3 are organized into content areas below.
- Improved content download policies and synchronization (lazy sync tool)
- New custom file type repository
- Improved ability to manage provisioning templates (Pull templates from Git tool: tech preview)
- VMware boot disk image (tech preview)
- Ansible Tower integration best practices
- Full Red Hat support for Puppet 3.8 and Puppet 4
- Full Red Hat support for Satellite and Capsule servers running on AWS Elastic Compute Cloud (EC2)
- Security and user access:
- Newly defined and formalized Org Admin role
- New OpenSCAP tailoring files
- Improved user interface (UI) notifications (notification drawer tool)
- New future-dated subscriptions
- Ability to clone an existing Satellite server to a new host (cloning tool)
- Ability to change the Satellite hostname while changing configurations (renaming tool)
- New virt-who configuration wizard
- New tracer tool (tech preview)
Red Hat Satellite 6.2
Notable new features in Red Hat Satellite 6.2 included:
- Automated workflows. Capabilities include remote execution and scheduling for remote execution jobs, as well as expanded bootstrap and provisioning options.
- Air-gapped security and federation. Users can sync to export RPM content from one Satellite server to another.
- Software management improvements. Simplified smart variable management is available.
- Capsule improvements. Users have extended insight into capsule health and overall performance. Capsules are more lightweight and can be configured to store only content requested by clients. In addition, capsules have a new reference architecture that includes the ability to deploy a highly available Red Hat Satellite capsule.
- Atomic OSTree and containers. Users can mirror, provision, and manage Red Hat Enterprise Linux Atomic Host and content with Satellite. Also, they can mirror container repositories, such as Red Hat Registry, Docker Hub, and other third-party sources. Satellite provides a secure, curated point of entry for container content.
- Enhanced documentation.
- Virtual instance guide: How to configure virt-who
- Hammer command-line interface (CLI) guide: How to use Red Hat Satellite’s CLI
- Content management guide
- Quick start guide
- User guide divided into topics for easier use: Server administration and host configuration
- Cheat sheets available for specific topics
- Satellite 6.2.3 introduces the “lazy sync” functionality, which provides users with additional flexibility when they are downloading content. Lazy sync provides a series of new download policies that govern how content is downloaded.
- Lazy sync was included in earlier Satellite 6.2 releases (6.2.0 through 6.2.2) as a technology preview.
- With Satellite 6.2.3, Lazy sync will transition to full support.
Red Hat Satellite 6.1
Red Hat Satellite 6.1 includes many other enhancements and fixes to improve stability, reliability, and scalability.
Notable new features in Red Hat Satellite 6.1 included:
- Errata management.
- Container management.
- Provisioning enhancements.
- Support for disconnected environments.
- SCAP operations.
- Enhanced bare-metal discovery.
- Active Directory groups for user roles.
Red Hat Satellite 6.0
- Notable new features in Red Hat Satellite 6.0 included:
- Provisioning across bare-metal, private, and public clouds.
- Puppet Forge and Git integration.
- Federated life-cycle management.
- Drift remediation.
- Content views for life-cycle management.
- System discovery.