Answer: The major features of each Satellite Server 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 Server.
Red Hat Satellite Server 6.7
The release of Red Hat Satellite Server 6.7 focuses on new and improved integrations as well as enhanced security and content management features.
- Inventory sharing with Red Hat Insights
- Ability to generate playbooks on Insights and run them via Satellite Server using Cloud Connector
- Improved performance for Red Hat Ansible® Tower dynamic inventory
- Use of Ansible Runner with Satellite Server for improved Ansible integrations
- Red Hat Enterprise Linux web console integration
- Red Hat Enterprise Linux system purpose enhancements
- Red Hat Enterprise Linux module stream enhancements
- User impersonation
- HTTP proxy update
- Tech preview of Common Access Card (CAC) support via Red Hat single sign-on (SSO)
- New entitlement report template
- Ability to import and export templates via the user interface
- Support for uploading source RPM Package Managers (RPMs)
- Microsoft Azure provisioning support
- Google Compute Engine enhancements
Performance and scale:
- Improved tuning assistant
- Task performance enhancements
Red Hat Satellite Server 6.6
The release of Red Hat Satellite Server 6.6 focused on enhancements across reporting, automation, and supportability.
- Ansible 2.8 upgrade
- Ansible variables usable as smart class parameters
- OpenSCAP deployed by Ansible
- Ability to schedule reports
- Ability to email reports
- Reporting performance enhancements
- New default applied errata report
- Red Hat Insights rules for Satellite Server
- 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 Server 6.5
The release of Red Hat Satellite Server 6.5 focused on support for hosts running Red Hat Enterprise Linux 8 and support for Federal Information Processing Standards (FIPS) on the Satellite Server host.
- 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
- Ability to install Satellite Server on a FIPS-enabled Red Hat Enterprise Linux 7 host
- OpenSCAP enhancements
- Satellite Server administrator role
- Ability to export content views
- Container administrator
- Ability to run Satellite Server or capsules in major cloud providers1
- Amazon Web Services
- Microsoft Azure
- Google Cloud Platform
- Alibaba Cloud
- IBM Cloud
- Infoblox internet protocol address management (IPAM) support
- New reporting engine
- Pre-canned reports for:
- Host status
- Registered host
- Applicable errata
- Ability to customize or create your own
Red Hat Satellite Server 6.4
The release of Red Hat Satellite Server 6.4 focused on enhancements in the user interface and improved integrations with Ansible.
- Ansible embedded for remote execution
- Red Hat Insights deployed through Ansible
- Ansible integration and Ansible roles
- Puppet 5 support
- Ability to pull templates from Git
- Vertical navigation
- Updated Red Hat repositories page
- Notification drawer enhancements
- Automatic republishing of component content views
- Ability to update a manifest inside of Satellite Server
- 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 configurations
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
Red Hat Satellite Server 6.3
The release of Red Hat Satellite Server 6.3 included key features that increased product stability and usability.
- 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
- Red Hat Ansible Tower integration best practices
- Full Red Hat support for Puppet 3.8 and Puppet 4
- Full Red Hat support for Satellite Server and Capsule Servers running on AWS Elastic Compute Cloud (EC2)
Security and user access:
- Newly defined and formalized organization administrator 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 Server hostname while changing configurations (renaming tool)
- New virtualization agent (virt-who) configuration wizard
- New tracer tool (tech preview)
Red Hat Satellite Server 6.2
Notable new features in Red Hat Satellite Server 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 Server capsule.
- Atomic OSTree and containers. Users can mirror, provision, and manage Red Hat Enterprise Linux Atomic Host and content with Satellite Server. Also, they can mirror to container repositories, such as Red Hat Registry, Docker Hub, and other third-party sources. Satellite Server provides a curated and more secure point of entry for container content.
- Enhanced documentation.
- Virtual instance guide with information on how to configure virt-who
- Hammer command-line interface (CLI) guide explains how to use Red Hat Satellite Server CLI
- Content management guide
- Quick start guide
- User guide divided into sections on server administration and host configuration for easier use
- Cheat sheets available for specific topics
- Satellite Server 6.2.3 introduces the “lazy sync” function, which provides users with additional flexibility for downloading content and a series of new download policies that govern how content is downloaded
- Lazy sync was included as a technology preview in earlier Satellite Server 6.2 releases (6.2.0 through 6.2.2)
- Lazy sync transitioned to full support with Satellite Server 6.2.3
Red Hat Satellite Server 6.1
Red Hat Satellite Server 6.1 included many other enhancements and fixes to improve stability, reliability, and scalability.
- 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 Server 6.0
Notable new features in Red Hat Satellite Server 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.