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    bwisupport NNTP User

    Manage CentOS with Susemanager?

    Hi to all,

    I'm new to SuseManager, so maybe my question sounds dumb...
    It is stated that one can manage SLES and Redhat (RHEL?) with
    SuseManager. But what's about CentOS?

    Tom


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    Re: Manage CentOS with Susemanager?

    Since CentOS is basically rebranded RHEL I'd expect it to work. With that
    said, Novell/SUSE have typically only tested with RHEL since that's the
    distribution from which most customers have migrated to SLES, on which
    most customers have requested support. Will CentOS be supported at this
    point? Probably not, so if you have a problem be sure you can reproduce
    it on RHEL as well, or petition SUSE to support CentOS as well via an
    enhancement request ( http://www.novell.com/rms/ ).

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    bwisupport NNTP User

    Re: Manage CentOS with Susemanager?

    Am 14.10.2013 14:08, schrieb ab:
    > Since CentOS is basically rebranded RHEL I'd expect it to work. With that

    Me too..

    > said, Novell/SUSE have typically only tested with RHEL since that's the
    > distribution from which most customers have migrated to SLES, on which
    > most customers have requested support. Will CentOS be supported at this

    I was afraid of that answer..


    > point? Probably not, so if you have a problem be sure you can reproduce
    > it on RHEL as well

    Good point

    > or petition SUSE to support CentOS as well via an
    > enhancement request ( http://www.novell.com/rms/ )


    At this early moment I'm just thinking (not really evaluating)
    management tools and suites.

    Thank you AB

    Tom



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    Re: Manage CentOS with Susemanager?

    K, well if you get into it SUSE Manager (and SMT, which is free currently)
    is supposed to be pretty neat. I've seen demos of SMT which let you do
    obvious things like cache channels at your site (better performance, less
    data usage for the enterprise, etc.) to do staging of patches, so you can
    create channels on your server, all pulling the patches from Novell/SUSE,
    which are made for the production servers, the QA servers, the dev
    servers, etc. Point each type of server to its own appropriate channel
    (test servers to test channels, prod servers to prod channels, etc.) and
    then apply the appropriate patches to those servers.

    This means you can configure all of your servers to do auto updates of
    whatever they can see, and then you can control what they see. Push out
    everything you need to test servers. If they are okay, push out to QA
    servers by just choosing where the patches show up (in which channels) and
    then the QA servers update. Next prod, etc. Pretty fun since otherwise
    you're going to each server, choosing updates yourself, getting everything
    from the main server which may be receiving newer (untested by you)
    patches as you go through this process, which means greater risk. SMT
    resolves that problem pretty nicely, and I've heard SUSE Manager can do a
    bit more by letting you have a bit more definition to group servers by
    roles (an Oracle database-hosting system gets these patches, while an
    Apache httpd box gets those, etc.).

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