I'm currently managing hundreds of CentOS/Amazon Linux servers, and our homegrown tools for managing the myriad package versions seems inadequate and unnecessary. What I'm looking for is a tool that each server would connect to and would then report what packages are installed and what their versions are. In essence, I would like to have a dashboard where I can easily see which servers are behind on their packages, and so need to run a yum update.

We are already using Chef for configuration management in general, but it doesn't quite solve this problem (at least not that I've seen).

I think Ubuntu has a service that does something like this, but I haven't seen anything for RedHat-flavored systems.



You're looking for Spacewalk.

  • Looks interesting. Thanks for pointing it out. I'll give it a shot.
    – wrangler
    Apr 1 '13 at 18:36
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    Holy crap! Bad mod, answering a shopping question. May 2 '14 at 23:43

IBM Endpoint Manager for Patch Management provides RHEL patching dashboard and shows you exactly which systems need patched, and supports patch base-lining.


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