Are you about to upgrade your Red Hat Enterprise Linux (RHEL) ? With the recently released RHEL 8.5 Beta, you may peek into the future. The operating system will be yours, and that’s the best part. All Red Hat accounts now include an infinite number of Red Hat Beta Access subscriptions.

What then does this Beta offer us?

To begin with, you may now live patch the kernel using RHEL’s online console, which is based on the open-source Cockpit project. Previously, you could only use the shell to keep Linux operating while instantly updating the kernel.

A better performance metrics page is also included in the new web console. This makes it simpler to pinpoint spikes in high CPU, memory, disk, and network resource utilization as well as their causes. To get a better understanding of what’s happening in your servers, you can also more simply export metrics to an Grafana server.

Additionally, Red Hat is integrating its Ansible DevOps program into RHEL. The system roles for RHEL now configure, automate, and manage RHEL services using Ansible roles and modules. New or improved system responsibilities in this Beta include:

IT managers and DBAs can more rapidly and automatically install, configure, and tune SQL Server thanks to the RHEL system role for Microsoft SQL Server.

Reduces the chance of incorrect configuration or the usage of non-recommended parameters with the RHEL system role for VPN. Additionally supports mesh and host-to-host VPN configurations.

RHEL system role for Postfix: Previously in tech preview, RHEL 8.5 fully supports the RHEL system role for Postfix. By automating the installation, setup, and server startup processes and allowing administrators to provide custom parameters, Postfix may now be configured without the need for user intervention.

Uses a new Network Time Security (NTS) option as a component of the current timesync system role in RHEL.

Support for LVM (Logical Volume Manager), VDO (Virtual Data Optimizer), volumes, and volume sizes that can be expressed as a percentage of the pool’s overall size are added by the RHEL system role for storage.

Wish to learn more? For information on installing and utilizing RHEL system roles, see the RHEL system roles overview .

Numerous further enhancements have also been made. The Beta includes OpenJDK 17, , the most recent open-source reference implementation of Red Hat Enterprise Linux (RHEL) 0, making it the most significant of these. Red Hat Enterprise Linux (RHEL) 1 is included in addition to the necessary Red Hat Enterprise Linux (RHEL) 2.

RHEL 8.5 will launch in the first week of November if the beta test goes smoothly. By testing the beta, you can determine whether the transfer will be worthwhile in the meantime.

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