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Red Hat Network Satellite is an open-source systems management platform for expanding Linux infrastructures. It is an easy to use application that makes it possible for organisations to make the most of Red Hat Network without the need to provide public online access to their servers or other client systems. The customer’s own Red Hat Satellite Server is responsible for the local storage of System Profiles, with the Red Hat Network website not being accessible from the Internet, instead being served from a local Web server. It is through the local area network that all package management tasks – including Errata Updates – are performed.

There are many benefits to the use of Red Hat Satellite Server. First of all, it is a secure solution, given that it involves the maintenance of an end-to-end secure connection between the client systems and the Red Hat Satellite Server, without any connection to the public Internet. Secondly, it is efficient, as it is a significantly quicker process to deliver packages over a local area network.  You also have more control with this solution, given the storage of clients’ System Profiles on the local Red Hat Satellite Server rather than the central Red Hat Network Servers. You can also get customised updates for Red Hat Satellite Server, creating a system that is truly autonomous in its delivery of custom software packages and Red Hat packages. You can control how custom packages are controlled even more tightly with the use of custom channels.

Other advantages of Red Hat Satellite Server include its access control functionality, which allows you to restrict system administrators’ access to only those systems that they are specifically responsible for maintaining. Bandwidth management is another key feature of Red Hat Satellite Server, with the organisation having the freedom to control the bandwidth that is used for transactions between the clients and the Red Hat Satellite Server on the local area network. That means that there is no competition between Red Hat Satellite Server clients and other clients that are accessing the file servers of the central Red Hat Network. In addition, Red Hat Satellite Server is highly scalable, with RHN Satellite Server potentially overseeing the servers of an entire organisation in conjunction with RHN Proxy Server.

In Red Hat Satellite Server, clients have a systems management platform that allows them to deploy, scale, manage and make consistent their Linux infrastructure. It provides administrators with the tools that they need to manage their systems efficiently, in the process reducing their per-system, management and deployment costs. The centralised Red Hat Satellite Server platform provides an easy to use interface that allows software to be updated with one click, with security fixes and configuration files being applied in a consistent manner across the client’s environment. The application also allows you to track your Linux system’s performance and manage your Linux infrastructure’s complete lifecycle.

One can think of Red Hat Satellite Server as a local version of Red Hat Network, and it certainly incorporates an extensive range of features. These include not only the local database repository that allows all information about your policies, systems and systems to be locally stored on your infrastructure, but also complete off network capability that means that packages can be provided by Red Hat over the Internet or via physical media in the interests of the highest level of network security. Other features include custom channels, channel and errata cloning and management tools – ideal for staged environments – and bare metal PXE boot provisioning, which involves systems being kickstarted in tandem with PXE boot images.

Red Hat Satellite Server also gives clients a Push To Client feature that allows packages and updates to systems to be sent immediately by administrators, removing the need for them to wait for the system to check in with the Red Hat Network. There’s also an Integrated Network Install Tree that makes possible the storage of all default boot images, network install trees and packages for Red Hat Enterprise Linux. Finally, Red Hat Satellite Server even allows configuration management profiles to be stored in an integrated directory so that they can be deployed more easily.

For more information about Red Hat Satellite Server, simply contact the friendly and professional team at Proxar IT Consulting today.