As part of Red Hat Smart Management, we are pleased to announce the availability of Red Hat Satellite 6.9 Beta. This release includes a number of new and updated features to help organizations streamline management and automation, along with continued improvements in simplification and a more streamlined connected experience. 

Red Hat Satellite is part of the Red Hat Smart Management subscription that makes it easier for enterprises to manage patching, provisioning, and subscription management of Red Hat Enterprise Linux infrastructure. Red Hat Smart Management is fully integrated with Red Hat Insights and Red Hat Ansible Automation for automated identification and immediate resolution of compliance issues, misconfigurations and security risks, providing an automated solution to manage Red Hat Enterprise Linux environments at scale, regardless of where they are running.  

The Satellite 6.9 beta introduces features and enhancements including:

  • Improved Satellite ease of use, with special focus on remote execution of tasks.

  • Simplified subscription workflow when Simple Content Access is enabled. 
    If you’re not already familiar, Simple Content Access makes it easier to use Red Hat subscription products without the complexity of subscription management tools.

  • Improving the connected experience with new features such as improved inventory sharing for better tagging in, and for new installs of Satellite a connected experience is the default, connecting Satellite and hosts to Insights at
    Note: If you are upgrading from an existing Satellite environment the default settings are not changed.

  • Support for Red Hat SSO with time based one time password (TOTP) for two factor authentication (2FA).

For more details on these and a complete list of new and improved features, visit the Red Hat Satellite 6.9 Beta website.  Customers with active Red Hat Smart Management and Red Hat Satellite subscriptions can sign up for the Satellite 6.9 beta and start testing these new features now.  (Note: You must be the organization administrator on your Red Hat account to sign up for the beta.)

You can report bugs using Bugzilla, and please be sure to provide your feedback directly to the Satellite team via email after testing. Your input is important to us and will be used to shape future versions of Satellite and Smart Management.

About the author

John Spinks is a Senior Principal Technical Marketing Manager for Red Hat. He acts as a subject matter expert for Red Hat Management products including Satellite and Insights. Previous experience includes almost 10 years as a Technical Marketing Engineer for NetApp in RTP, NC.

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