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Optimize RHEL installation and deployment with RHUI 4.0

December 2, 2021
2 minute read
Related products: Red Hat Enterprise Linux

RHUI 4.0 offers faster installation and deployment, support for RHEL 9, and database and storage optimization. This release includes a wide range of features requested, many of which came directly from our partners, such as additional security features and documentation. With hundreds of cloud providers around the world leveraging RHUI to manage their multi-tenant service infrastructure, it is a key tool enabling service providers to deliver RHEL as a managed service. 

What is RHUI?

Red Hat Update Infrastructure (RHUI) is a content management platform for cloud service providers that offer RHEL on a multi-tenant infrastructure service. RHUI helps cloud service providers meet service level agreements (SLAs), improve system consistency, reduce errors and meet compliance standards by delivering content and updates to Red Hat Enterprise Linux (RHEL) instances. 

RHUI has a highly scalable, redundant framework that allows cloud providers to locally mirror Red Hat-hosted repository content, create custom repositories with their own content, and make those repositories available to a large group of end users through a load-balanced content delivery system.

Before you install:

  1. Must be enrolled in the CCSP program.
  2. Requires RHEL 8 or greater to install RHUI 4.0 infrastructure components. 
  3. Any CCSP partner who offers RHEL on a multi-tenant service infrastructure should use RHUI for content management.

What’s new in RHUI 4.0?

  • Faster installation and deployment
    • Dramatic reduction in deployment time using Ansible playbooks 
    • Streamlined user experience with Ansible as the installer 
  • Support for RHEL 9 beta
    • RHUI 4.0 is required to deliver RHEL 9 content 
  • Simplified, in-place RHEL upgrades
    • Supports the use of  LEAPP, a CLI tool for in-place upgrades, for RHEL 6 to RHEL 7 or RHEL 7 to RHEL 8 upgrades.
    • Virtual machine hosts can upgrade without requiring guests to be redeployed
  • Database and storage optimization for faster synchronization of repositories 
    • Content repository database changed from MongoDB to PostgreSQL
    • Supports significantly faster synchronization of repositories with mirroring from the source rather than locally
    • Use Pulp repository management platform to retain specific number of package versions, reducing metadata storage 
  • Enhanced security
    • RHUI 4 installer supports SELinux rules and runs with SELinux in enforcing mode
  • Improved documentation
    • Easier use and navigation with RHUI 4 documentation is split into three guides: Installation, Migration, and Configuration and Management

Active CCSP partners have access to RHUI. If you’re interested in installing RHUI 4.0 and meet all the requirements, please log into the Red Hat Customer Portal using your CCSP account credentials, locate your RHUI subscription entitlement and start with the RHUI Installation Checklist

Resources 

Any CCSP partner who offers Red Hat products on a multi-tenant service infrastructure should use RHUI for content management. Issues should be reported in Bugzilla. For full set of RHUI 4 release notes, installation, migration, and build guides, see our product documentation on the Red Hat Customer Portal.  

 

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Steve Shaffer
Cloud Partner Product Marketing
Steve has worked in various partner roles across Customer Experience & Engagement, Cloud Partner Product Management, and most recently Cloud Partner Product Marketing. He joined Red Hat in 2007 and today he is focused on developing go to market activities and key projects to help grow Red Hat’s Cloud Partner Ecosystem.