Joachim Werner
By: Joachim Werner

March 19, 2018 6:22 pm

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if count(ibm_power_systems) > 10 then add suse_manager_on_power

Sometimes, pseudocode is the fastest way to describe an algorithm. So the headline says it all: If you have to manage more than just a handful of IBM Power Systems servers running SUSE Linux Enterprise, we recommend that you add SUSE Manager to the equation!   SUSE Manager makes it so much easier to keep your […]

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Joachim Werner
By: Joachim Werner

March 16, 2018 1:37 pm

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OMG, I missed Pi Day!

After blogging about SUSE Manager 3.2 Beta 1 last week, this afternoon I was planning to look into what’s going on in our stable release, Manager 3.1. And I suddenly realized that we’re currently at version 3.1.4, the perfect release number for a blog on this week’s “Pi Day“. Well, a missed opportunity for me, […]

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Joachim Werner
By: Joachim Werner

March 9, 2018 2:06 pm

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Who needs more field types if you can have all of them?

Formulas with Forms are one of the most powerful features that make SUSE Manager the ideal tool for consistently managing the configuration of hundreds or thousands of servers. If you don’t know about them yet, you may want to read this previous post first. Since we added Formulas with Forms to SUSE Manager, customers, partners, […]

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Joachim Werner
By: Joachim Werner

November 3, 2017 9:08 am

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The making of "Bringing Salt to the Enterprise"

Last November at the annual SaltConf conference, Don Vosburg and I presented some great news: The United Federation of Planets has chosen SUSE Manager on their Constitution Class vessels to protect them from software attacks by the Borg. Here is the video of our keynote: The night before the keynote we even had a Vulcan […]

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Joachim Werner
By: Joachim Werner

October 20, 2017 5:40 am

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More POWER for SUSE Manager Server!

It’s been a while since I’ve told you a secret. Well, here is another one: When we ran our live demos for SUSE Manager at our Expert Days earlier this year, SUSE Manager was actually running on a server from the IBM Power Systems family! We kept this a secret because back then this was […]

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Joachim Werner
By: Joachim Werner

October 12, 2017 3:33 pm

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Containers, watch out! Big Brother is watching you!

At SUSECON 2017 I interviewed Michele Bologna and Johannes Renner about the latest features our engineers added to SUSE Manager: If you are too busy to watch the 2-minute video, here’s the summary of what’s new in SUSE Manager 3.1.2, our latest maintenance update: SUSE Manager is now watching your containers running on SUSE Container […]

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Joachim Werner
By: Joachim Werner

June 9, 2017 9:48 am

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Let me tell you a secret!

Let me tell you a well-kept secret: With one of the recent maintenance updates for SUSE Manager 3.0 we silently released the first officially supported Formula with Forms! In my last blog post on Formulas with Forms last November I explained the basic ideas and concepts behind this new powerful feature and gave you some […]

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Joachim Werner
By: Joachim Werner

May 31, 2017 2:53 am

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Sticky action buttons for SUSE Manager

If you are a frequent user of the SUSE Manager web UI, you may be familiar with this: On many UI pages that display long lists of systems, packages, patches, etc., the “action buttons” (Save, Apply, …)  are at the bottom of the page. That leads to a somewhat time-consuming workflow: For example, if you […]

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Joachim Werner
By: Joachim Werner

May 29, 2017 2:13 am

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Put your systems into a high state!

The highstate is what Salt, the systems management framework that has become so core to  SUSE Manager,  calls it when an admin applies all the configuration states to a system that are meant to be applied on that system. Salt can also apply individual state changes, but the highstate comes closest to a truly idempotent […]

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Joachim Werner
By: Joachim Werner

May 25, 2017 5:37 am

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No beta blockers for SUSE Manager 3.1. So let’s get ready for containers!

Managing content and compliance in hybrid cloud and container infrastructures is our main design goal for the upcoming SUSE Manager 3.1 release. This is in line with our strategy for the Container as a Service Platform. With Beta 3 and its further improved support for building container images we reached a critical milestone towards that […]

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