We are thrilled to announce the start of SUSE Manager 4.1 Public Beta Program.
As usual, we have prepared tons of updates and we hope you will like it.
We have a new Public Mailing List, so you can share your feedback with our Public Beta Community, our Engineering and our Product Managers.
Requirements and Beta Registration Codes
SLES 15 SP2 Public Beta is required as base OS, you can retreive it from here.
You will need at least 8 GB of main memory and 100GB of disk space to install the Server and 4 GB of main memory and 100GB of disk space to install the Proxy.
Registration is not working with your regular SUSE Manager key, special Beta Registration Code is required!
You need to request one via email to firstname.lastname@example.org.
You only need SUSE Manager 4.1 Beta registration codes for the purpose of installing the SUSE Manager 4.0 Server, Proxy and Retail. No SUSE Linux Enterprise Server registration code is needed.
Base system upgrade
SUSE Manager 4.1 Beta is based on SLES 15 SP2 Beta! For more details on SLES 15 SP2 Beta, please visit the dedicated sle-beta Web page.
New products enabled
- SUSE Linux Enterprise Real Time 12 SP5
- MicroFocus Open Enterprise Server 2018 SP2 (product GA in Q2 2020)
- CentOS 6, 7 and 8
Recurring highstate scheduling
You can now schedule automated recurring highstate actions for Salt clients, i.e to individual clients, to all clients in a system group, or to an entire organization. The Recurring Actions section in the Administration Guide contains all the details for this feature.
Content Lifecycle Filters for AppStreams
RHEL, SLES ES, CentOS and OEL 8 appstreams can now be mixed and converted to flat repositories using a new type of CLM filter.
Single Page Application UI (SPA)
In an effort to provide our web UI users with a smoother navigation, we have implemented large parts of the user interface as a single page application. This enhancement was started in SUSE Manager 4.0 as an opt-in feature and now becomes the default in SUSE Manager 4.1.
Single Sign-On (SSO)
SUSE Manager supports Single Sign-On authentication by implementing the Security Assertion Markup Language (SAML) 2 protocol. This feature, introduced in 4.0 as a Technology Preview, is now declared stable and fully supported.
There is too much for the announcement, so let’s just mention a few other interesting features:
Please check out our Release Notes for the complete list of changes.
Yomi (Technology Preview)
Yomi (yet one more installer) is a Salt-based installer for SUSE and openSUSE operating systems. In SUSE Manager, Yomi can be used as part of provisioning new clients, as an alternative to AutoYaST. Yomi consists of two components:
- The Yomi formula, which contains the Salt states and modules required to perform the installation.
- The operating system image, which includes the pre-configured salt-minion service.
Detailed information on how to use Yomi is available from the Salt Guide. Yomi is work in progress and more operating systems and features will be added in coming releases.
SUSE Manager Hub XML-RPC API (Technology Preview)
Multiple SUSE Manager Servers can be managed from a single Hub node. The Hub is a Salt master itself and the managed SUSE Manager Server servers are both a minion (to the hub) and a master (to their own minions). More details in our Release Notes.
As always, there is a lot more changes that we did not cover her. So please visit https://www.suse.com/betaprogram/manager-beta for more information like beta schedule, how to report issues, how to start a discussion with SUSE Manager Beta community and more.
Have fun beta testing!
Your SUSE Manager Team