Chapter 1 Oracle Linux Manager Features and Changes

This chapter describes features that are supported in Oracle Linux Manager.

For information about installing or upgrading Oracle Linux Manager servers and proxies, see Oracle® Linux Manager: Installation Guide .

1.1 About Oracle Linux Manager Server and Client Support

The current Oracle Linux Manager release provides the following Server and Client support:

  • Oracle Linux Manager server can run on Oracle Linux 7 (x86_64) systems only.

  • Clients that can register with Oracle Linux Manager server include:

    • Oracle Linux 8 (x86_64 ) Update 2 or higher running Oracle Linux Manager client

    • Oracle Linux 7 (x86_64 ) running Oracle Linux Manager client

    • Oracle Linux 6 (x86_64) running Spacewalk 2.7 client

1.2 Oracle Database Support

The following Oracle Database releases are supported in Oracle Linux Manager:

  • Oracle Database 19c

  • Oracle Database 12c Release 2 (12.2)

1.3 Oracle Linux Manager Feature Summary

In addition to numerous bug fixes and other enhancements, Oracle Linux Manager includes the following new features and enhancements:

  • The Oracle Linux Manager server can now synchronize and distribute Oracle Linux 8 content.

    Mirroring of a repository that contains module metadata is supported. The metadata can then be made available to downstream clients.

  • With Oracle Linux Manager, you can now manage errata severity.

  • The dwr package has been updated to version 3.0.2 to fix security vulnerabilities.

  • Updated API calls:

    • errata.create/setDetails: provides the capability for managing severities.

    • system.schedulePackageRemoveByNevra: supports the removal of packages that are not in the database.

  • Enhancements to support modularity have extended Oracle Linux Manager's functionality for managing channel lifecycles, such as cloning, adding packages between modular channels, package upgrade and errata reporting. See Creating Software Channels and Repositories in Oracle® Linux Manager: Client Life Cycle Management Guide.

1.4 Oracle Linux Manager Feature Comparison in Oracle Linux Versions

Note

In the following table, features under the Oracle Linux 8 column that are flagged with No to indicate they are unsupported apply only to cases where modules or packages contained within a module from the AppStream repository are included . Otherwise, those features work.

Feature Oracle Linux 6 Oracle Linux 7 Oracle Linux 8

Client

Yes

Yes

Yes

Operating system packages

Yes

Yes

Yes1

Registration

Yes

Yes

Yes

Install packages

Yes

Yes

Yes1

Apply patches

Yes

Yes

Yes1

Remote commands

Yes

Yes

Yes

System set manager (SSM)

Yes

Yes

Yes

System deployment (PXE/Kickstart)

Yes

Yes

Yes

System redeployment (Kickstart)

Yes

Yes

Yes4

Errata reporting

Yes

Yes

Yes

Software channel cloning

Yes

Yes

Yes

Software channel life cycle promotion

Yes

Yes

Yes

Contact methods

osad, rhnsd

osad, rhnsd

osad, rhnsd

Action chains

Yes

Yes

Yes

Software crash reporting

No

Yes

No

Staging (pre-download of packages)

Yes

Yes

No

Duplicate package reporting

Yes

Yes

No

CVE audting

Yes

Yes

Yes

SCAP auditing

Yes

Yes

Yes

Package verification

Yes

Yes

Yes

Package locking

Yes

Yes

Yes1

System locking

Yes

Yes

No

System snapshot

Yes

Yes

No

Configuration file management

Yes

Yes

Yes

Snapshots and profiles

Yes

Yes

No

Power management

Yes

Yes

Yes1

Management using Spacewalk XMLRPC API

Yes

Yes

Yes1

Management using spacecmd CLI tool

Yes

Yes

Yes1

4Redeployment cannot be performed if the server has a software channel subscribed that contains AppStream or module metadata.

1.5 Spacewalk 2.10 Repositories to be Retired

With the release of Oracle Linux Manager 2.10, the repositories for Spacewalk 2.10 are scheduled to be retired on January 31, 2021. If you are planning to upgrade your Spacewalk 2.7 installation, ensure that you upgrade to Oracle Linux Manager 2.10. See the Oracle® Linux Manager: Installation Guide.

If you are already using Spacewalk 2.10, you can switch to Oracle Linux Manager by following the steps in Switching From Spacewalk 2.10 to Oracle Linux Manager 2.10 in the same guide.