SUSE Subscription Management Tool

You can manage your SUSE Linux Enterprise software updates more easily with the Subscription Management Tool. It also helps you maintain your corporate firewall policy and meet regulatory compliance requirements. The Management Tool establishes a proxy system for SUSE Customer Center with repository and registration targets.

Key Benefits
  • Assurance of firewall and regulatory compliance
  • Reduced bandwidth use during software updates
  • Full support under active subscription from SUSE
  • Maintenance of existing customer interface
  • Accurate server entitlement tracking
  • Effective measurement of subscription usage
  • Easily tallied entitlement totals (no more spreadsheets!)
  • Automatically synchronized server entitlement

What is the Subscription Management Tool for SUSE Linux Enterprise?

The Subscription Management Tool establishes a proxy system for SUSE Customer Center enterprise customers to optimize the management of SUSE Linux Enterprise software updates and subscription entitlements. The proxy provides repository and registration targets. This helps you centrally manage software updates within the firewall on a per-system basis while maintaining your corporate security policies and regulatory compliance.

The tool allows you to provision updates for all of your devices running a SUSE Linux Enterprise–based product. By downloading these updates only once and distributing them throughout the enterprise, you can set more restrictive firewall policies and, where applicable, avoid significant network usage stemming from repeated downloads of the same updates by each device. The tool is fully supported and available as a download to customers with an active SUSE Linux Enterprise product subscription.

What is new in the Subscription Management Tool as part of the SUSE Linux Enterprise 12 release?

There is no Subscription Management Tool (SMT) 12. However, as part of the SUSE Linux Enterprise Server 12 and SUSE Customer Center (SCC) launch, SUSE is providing a maintenance update to Subscription Management Tool for SUSE Linux Enterprise 11 SP3. This maintenance update enables SMT to register SUSE products with SCC and makes possible a smooth migration from NCC to SCC. With the maintenance update the Subscription Management Tool for SUSE Linux Enterprise 11 SP3 uses the new registration protocol SUSE Connect to communicate with SUSE Customer Center.

Does the Subscription Management Tool scale?

The Subscription Management Tool server can supply updates for up to a thousand SUSE Linux Enterprise devices per server depending on the utilization profile.

How will I manage my subscriptions when using the Subscription Management Tool?

There are no differences in how you manage your subscription with SMT compared to how you manage it with SUSE Customer Center.

What is the Subscription Management support policy?

The Subscription Management Tool is a fully supported SUSE product. Your support rights are defined by your SUSE Linux Enterprise Server support agreement.

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Full Customer Center Support

The downloadable Subscription Management Tool (SMT) is integrated with SUSE Customer Center and provides a repository and synchronized registration target. The SMT also maintains all the capabilities of SUSE Customer Center while allowing a more secure centralized deployment.

Automated Updates

The Subscription Management Tool informs your SUSE Linux Enterprise devices of any available software updates. Each device then obtains the required software updates from the SMT. The introduction of the SMT improves the interaction among SUSE Linux Enterprise devices within the network and simplifies how they receive their system updates.

Licensing

Support for the Subscription Management Tool for SUSE Linux Enterprise is included with any SUSE Linux Enterprise subscription at no additional cost. The support level available is that which is applicable to your active SUSE Linux Enterprise subscription.