SUSE Manager 1.7 supports PostgreSQL and IPv6
SUSE has unveiled a new version of its SUSE Manager software at the SUSECon event in Florida. SUSE Manager 1.7 brings improvements that help administrators to better manage the security of enterprise deployments of SUSE Linux Enterprise Server (SLES) and Red Hat Enterprise Linux (RHEL), and now also supports PostgreSQL as a database backend as well as IPv6 addressing throughout.
Administrators can now use SUSE Manager to update systems to new SLES Service Packs without the need for a reinstall or any manual interaction with the systems being updated. SUSE Manager will offer administrators different Service Pack migration options and then update the systems automatically, based on the selected preferences. The application now also offers a standardised way to assess and maintain the patch levels of systems by supporting the OpenSCAP standard managed by NIST. The new version offers improved search options to allow administrators to easily access information on patch levels and vulnerabilities present on managed SLES and RHEL systems.
Additionally, SUSE Manager 1.7 now supports deployment of the software with a PostgreSQL database in addition to the built in Oracle 11g Enterprise Edition backend. The new version also supports IPv6 and is integrated with SUSE Studio.
SUSE Manager was originally released in March of last year and is based on Red Hat's open source Spacewalk project. While SUSE Manager itself is released under a proprietary licence, it comprises many open source components. An evaluation version is available for download and an overview of all the new features can be found on the SUSE web site.