Miriam Tover - PeerSpot reviewer
Service Delivery Manager at PeerSpot (formerly IT Central Station)
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What needs improvement with Red Hat Satellite?

Please share with the community what you think needs improvement with Red Hat Satellite.

What are its weaknesses? What would you like to see changed in a future version?

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8 Answers
Jayasundar S - PeerSpot reviewer
Principal Architect at Wipro Limited
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Top 10
Apr 29, 2022

The interface could be more user-friendly. For example, if we take a tool like JetPatch, which is a very popular third party tool for attach management and automation, it can be very well integrated with any of the configuration in the management system. It's also user-friendly, and the reporting features are extensive. Red Hat Satellite has very good engineering but is lacking with the user interfaces and reporting. I would like to see the scalability, user interface, and reporting features improved and for the solution to be simplified. Instead of having complex engineering, it should be simple for the user.

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Erik Widholm - PeerSpot reviewer
Sr. Enterprise Engineer at a transportation company with 10,001+ employees
Top 10
Mar 14, 2022

I find support to be highly responsive on most issues, however, gathering and supplying the data needed for good troubleshooting can sometimes take quite some time. It would be nice if either report was updated to include the multiple other files that are normally required, or a different tool was shipped to package logs, configurtions, etc. I would like the direct integration with insights to be re-established. One pane (up to version 6.9) was very helpful. Although the information is available at cloud.redhat.com, it would be good to have it again inside of Satellite.

National Expert in Infrastructure and Operations at a training & coaching company with 1,001-5,000 employees
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Top 20
Feb 14, 2022

Automation can always be improved and refined to continue to make it better. I'd like to see the ability for this tool to integrate with other developer tools like Jenkins or maybe different tools that could help us to implement and continuously deliver continuous deployment. We'd like to have some information about how to do it as well. It needs more documentation.

VivekSaini - PeerSpot reviewer
IT Consultant at Aon Corporation
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Top 5Leaderboard
Dec 14, 2021

Red Hat Satellite could be improved by adding more flexibility in reporting.

Analyste principal - AIX et Linux at a hospitality company with 5,001-10,000 employees
Real User
Top 5
Sep 8, 2021

It should basically include a complete slew of system management and monitoring tools such as Nagios. It should be a single pane of glass that gives us a complete solution. It is a good solution, but it is missing a few important things. We're using Capsule for DMVs on other secured zones. Capsule is a part of Satellite to be a proxy of sorts.

IT Manager at a financial services firm with 1,001-5,000 employees
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Top 10
Apr 21, 2021

One of the challenges we have at the moment is managing the subscriptions for Red Hat. Apart from managing the patching for the Linux systems, we also use Satellite to manage the subscriptions that are associated to reach operating systems. There needs to be some margin for improvement in terms of the way Satellite manages subscriptions. It is still very confusing when we have different contracts or different bundles of subscriptions, and we need to manage those within Satellite in a way that's very user-friendly. There is still some margin for improvement in terms of integration with the Ansible. Perhaps, it would be nice to be able to extend the usage of Satellite to other operating systems.

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Project & Software Manager at a consultancy with self employed
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Nov 24, 2020

It wasn't easy in the beginning, and some effort was required to work it out. I already had the product documentation, but it was not well organized. It wasn't easy to follow. There were a lot of documents here and there.

JonathanShilling - PeerSpot reviewer
System Analyst II at a energy/utilities company with 1,001-5,000 employees
Real User
Sep 3, 2020

I do not really notice anything in the product that is a glaring omission or that absolutely needs to be added. There is always room for improvement, no matter what software package you are using. I would say the room for improvement to me would be to include more diversity in what it can deploy. Right now, it is specifically for Red Hat products. Being able to deploy other products would be a benefit. For example, say if you have Ubuntu running in your network. Being able to deploy packages for Ubuntu with Red Hat Satellite for that product would be nice and would give you more of a single pane of glass solution. Having a centralized repository for your Windows patching would be nice. SCCM is a much more expensive solution than Satellite. You have got the licensing issues and all that wonderful stuff to go through. Satellite is a pretty robust solution in handling its responsibilities. Although I really have not gone through it enough to tell you all the little quirks, it would be nice to see its capabilities expanded.

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Red Hat Satellite has proven to be a worthwhile investment for me. Both its patch management and license management have been outstanding. If you have a large environment, patching systems is much more efficient since it requires very little administrative time. Beyond that, Red Hat makes it possible to target deployments, allowing me to zero in on sending out updates to specific groups as needed. While the patch management feature has been the most valuable to me so far, I have found that fixing has also become a favorite feature of mine because I have a lot of hardware, software, and packages which can often be difficult to fix. With Red Hat that is no longer an issue for me. The technical support that I have received up until now has also been outstanding. The only thing that I dislike about Red Hat is that I haven’t seen them do an update in quite some time. I also think they could do a better job of managing subscriptions. One good thing about Ansible is that it is agentless, which is what makes it a convenient solution. I chose not to go with Ansible because Ansible uses a CLI, and I prefer using UIs instead. I also dismissed Ansible because they do not have that many custom modules. While most things can be completed using commands, I don’t want to worry about writing modules if they don’t already provide the ones I need within their library, especially when I need to configure in the cloud. As a matter of fact, even the modules that they actually do have are underdeveloped. And I wasn’t impressed with the performance either. Conclusion Red Hat Satellite was the better product for me because I felt that Anisble had too many features that weren’t sufficient enough to meet my needs and that it had limited options overall.
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Aug 29, 2021
Hi community members, I work at a government organization with 10,000+ employees. I'm looking for a comparison between Ansible and Red Hat Satellite (better, as a comparison report). Can anyone help with this?
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Evgeny Belenky - PeerSpot reviewer
Director of Community at PeerSpot (formerly IT Central Station)
Aug 29, 2021
Hello @Faycal Noushi, @AliceGolakiya and @JonathanShilling. Could you​ share your professional advice with @Tamusa Lumembo?   Thanks.
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