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Red Hat Satellite 6.4.2 is now generally available. The main drivers for the 6.4.2 release are upgrade and stability fixes.  Eighteen bugs have been addressed in this release - the complete list is at the end of the post. The most notable issue is support of cloning for Satellite 6.4.

Cloning allows you to copy your Satellite installation to another host to facilitate testing or upgrading the underlying operating system. For example, when moving a Satellite installation from Red Hat Enterprise Linux 6 to Red Hat Enterprise Linux 7. An overview of this feature is available on Red Hat’s Customer Portal.

There is one erratum for the server, one for the tools, and one for the maintenance packages. The install ISOs will be updated soon, but customers registered via Red Hat Subscription Manager can update via `foreman-maintain` as described in the upgrade guide today.

Customers who have already upgraded to Satellite 6.4 should follow the instructions in the errata. Customers who are on versions of Satellite prior to 6.4 should refer to the Upgrading and Updating Red Hat Satellite Guide. You may also want to consider using the Satellite Upgrade Helper if moving from Satellite 6.x to Satellite 6.4.

Customers who have received hotfixes should check the list of bugs fixed to confirm their hotfix is contained in the release before upgrading. Please reach out to Red Hat Support if you have applied a hotfix that doesn’t correspond to one of the bugs mentioned below to verify that you can apply the hotfix to Satellite 6.4.2.

This update fixes the following bugs:

  • BZ 1661293 - Content Host filter is showing only 1 page of result
  • BZ 1661290 - The checksum type configuration of yum distributor should always fallback to the scratchpad if it is not explicitly set to use a particular checksum type by the user.
  • BZ 1638435 - Unable to login using Red Hat Access plugin to list/open support cases through Satellite 6 webui
  • BZ 1638263 - Red Hat Access menu is no longer displayed
  • BZ 1643183 - On satellite 6.4, foreman-proxy service fails to start if IPv6 is disabled
  • BZ 1661041 - /etc/rhsm/rhsm.conf is being incorrectly edited during registration
  • BZ 1661289 - hammer host list --thin removed in Red Hat Satellite 6.3
  • BZ 1661294 - Error after upgrade on subscription page
  • BZ 1666893 - Actions::Candlepin::ListenOnCandlepinEvents occasionally not starting after unclean shutdown of the executor
  • BZ 1665470 - Dynflow executor termination may hang if there is an action which keeps the executor occupied
  • BZ 1665461 - Dynlfow undefined method `dynflow_logger'
  • BZ 1661292 - Running a `sync_task` while the tasks service gets restarted might lead to passenger process hanging forever
  • BZ 1661291 - The termination procedure after memory threshold exceeded can get stuck, waiting infinitely for some events to occur
  • BZ 1661277 - Upgrade from Satellite 6.3.4 to 6.4.0 fails in "Upgrade Step: clear_checksum_type..."
  • BZ 1661044 - Satellite fails to create VMs on RHV system based on a template.
  • BZ 1644152 - Add support of cloning 6.4 satellite
  • BZ 1661040 - [RHEL 7.6] Satellite Update failed due to dependency issue Package: ant-junit-1.9.2-9.el7.noarch Requires: ant = 1.9.2-9.el7
  • BZ 1646746 - Show Repo Label on Enabled repos results

About Red Hat Satellite

Red Hat Satellite is a systems management solution that makes Red Hat infrastructure simple to deploy, scale, and manage across physical, virtual, and cloud environments. Satellite enables users to control the  lifecycle of Red Hat systems and verify that they are running efficiently, more securely, and compliant with various standards.

By automating most tasks related to maintaining systems, Satellite helps organizations increase efficiency, reduce operational costs, and helps IT to better respond to strategic business needs.


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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