New in SUSE Manager 1.7
Check out the enhanced capabilities that make it even easier to manage your data center.
With SUSE Manager 1.7, you get the most efficient solution for managing a Linux environment with improvements for patch and update management, compliance and provisioning with support for PostgreSQL database.
SUSE Manager 1.7 provides improvements for:
- Patch and update management
- Flexible deployment options
- Additional provisioning features
The enhancements are supported through the following new technical features:
- PostgreSQL as a supported database option
- Provisioning of SUSE Studio™ images directly from SUSE Manager
- Migrating systems to new Service Packs from the SUSE Manager user interface
- Basic support for OpenSCAP compliance checking
- IPv6 support for management and provisioning
Patch and update management enhancements
SUSE Manager provides the option of updating an existing system to new Service Packs without completely reinstalling it. No manual installation is needed. Through the SUSE Manager interface, you get information about the current version of the existing systems. Afterwards, SUSE Manager offers you the various service pack migration options. As soon as you have chosen an option, SUSE Manager automatically migrates to the Service Pack. As part of the migration, additional extensions like SUSE Linux Enterprise High Availability Extension can be added.
IT compliance addresses how well the organization conforms with external regulations, industry standards, and internal policies. Failure to meet IT compliance requirements can be a costly mistake. SUSE Manager makes it easier and faster for IT organizations to align with various compliance initiatives.
SUSE Manager 1.7 offers a standard approach (OpenSCAP) to maintaining the security of enterprise systems. This includes the ability to audit software patch status, automatically confirm that servers have the latest security updates, check system security configuration settings, and examine systems for signs of compromise.
SUSE Manager 1.7 also offers improved search and reporting capabilities which allow you to easily find and capture valuable information about the Red Hat and SUSE Linux Enterprise Server systems that are being managed by SUSE Manager. These reports can be important for audits and compliance-related activities, providing detailed lists containing:
- System Inventory — All systems registered to SUSE Manager, including hardware and software information
- Entitlements — All organizations registered to SUSE Manager, sorted by system and channel entitlements and usage
- Errata — All errata relevant to the registered systems including full list of errata and affected systems
- Users — All users registered with SUSE Manager and systems the user can administer
- Channel — All packages within a channel including packages in each channel
- History — History of events
Flexible deployment options
SUSE Manager is available in two different versions:
- SUSE Manager Server with Database: This version of SUSE Manager Server comes with a highly scalable, embedded enterprise database. It is a built-in Oracle 11g Enterprise Edition database. The database is part of the SUSE Manager Server appliance and runs on the same server.
- SUSE Manager Server: If you already have an existing Oracle 10g or 11g databases, you can leverage the SUSE Manager Server subscription to locally store all data related to the managed Linux servers. Alternatively, the SUSE Manager Server appliance also contains the open source PostgreSQL database that can be used for both evaluation and production purposes.
Additional provisioning and management enhancements
SUSE Manager 1.7 includes IPv6 enablement. IPv6 is designed to solve many of the problems of IPv4. IPv6 expands the address space on the Internet and supports a nearly unlimited number of devices that can be directly connected to the Internet. SUSE Manager 1.7 helps to expand those capabilities through IPv6—enabling a variety of new provisioning and management scenarios.
SUSE Manager 1.7 is integrated with SUSE Studio, which helps you easily create, test, configure and showcase application images in several formats for physical, virtual, and cloud environments. You can use SUSE Studio to create Linux images that will automatically register with SUSE Manager once deployed to a virtual host and booted for the first time. The final piece of integration of SUSE Studio and SUSE Manager 1.7 includes the provisioning of SUSE Studio images directly from SUSE Manager. This enables IT organizations to efficiently manage the lifecycle of SUSE Linux Enterprise Server.