Running Red Hat Enterprise Linux 7 (or earlier) isn’t a bad thing—there’s just a lot you’re missing out on. Red Hat Enterprise Linux 8, allows you to take full advantage of all the latest security, automation, performance, cloud, and edge capabilities.
We developed the Leapp command line utility to help reduce the risk associated with upgrading from Red Hat Enterprise Linux 7 to 8—and to reduce a system administrator’s scope of work at the beginning and end of the upgrade process. It helps reduce human errors and makes OS version control less stressful than yesterday’s major OS upgrades.
Leapp keeps sys admins from checking every workload, configuration, and application for compatibility issues, because it automatically highlights potential incompatibilities. Leapp even suggests how to fix them—like how an app should be reconfigured or which hardware driver to install. The actual upgrade is performed in-place with limited downtime or latency. Configuration, customization, and preferences are preserved.
Staying true to our open source ethos, Leapp is a self-service utility. You can download and run it by yourself. But our team of Red Hat consultants is also available to help you prepare for, run, and check your migration. Or—if you’re upgrading from Red Hat Enterprise Linux 6 or earlier—follow these steps to prepare your OS for the Leapp utility.