RH Up2dates

Karsten Mueller mueller.karsten at guj.de
Mon Mar 18 06:42:00 CST 2002


>     I wanted to find out - with the growing number of RH Linux servers 
> in
> our server room - that is there a way that 1 machine can act as a local
> up2date server so that we can download all the packages to one server 
> then
> locally our RH machines can up2date from there ?

We wanted an automated update with these features:
- centralized RPM repository in our network
- automated updates of the repository
- on each client automated downloads of RedHat RPMs from the repository 
and manual installation
- on each client automated downloads of corporate RPMs and automated 

I realized these features with the autoupdate tool and some scripts. The 
system runs without problems for about half a year now with 15 RedHat 
6.2 and 7.2 clients. Our system admins are very happy with it because 
they can decide when to do the update. I thought about establishing an 
approval stage of new packages (before they are downloaded by each 
client) but actually it does not appear to be necessary.

The autoupdate tool (see 
http://www.mat.univie.ac.at/~gerald/ftp/autoupdate/) does dependency 
resolution (if you install new packages) and handle kernel updates 
nicely. Autoupdate has an active user community and is updated 
frequently by its author Gerald Teschl <Gerald.Teschl at univie.ac.at>.

RedHat seems to offer a "RedHat network" onsite called Satellite (see 
https://rhn.redhat.com/overview_workgroup.pxt). I have asked RedHat 
Germany for availability and prices. Too bad that prices are so 
exorbitant they refused to tell it. I really would like to test the more 
advanced features of RedHat Network onsite.


Karsten Müller           E-Mail: mueller.karsten at guj.de
Gruner+Jahr AG & Co      Tel: +49 40 3703-2810
IT-Systeme               Fax: +49 40 3703-172810

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