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Spacewalk (Free Open Source Systems Management)

Free & Open Source Systems Management.

Spacewalk is an open source (GPLv2) Linux systems management solution. It is the upstream community project from which the Red Hat Network Satellite product is derived.

Software Content Management

Spacewalk manages software content updates for Red Hat derived distributions such as Fedora, CentOS, and Scientific Linux, within your firewall. You can stage software content through different environments, managing the deployment of updates to systems and allowing you to view at which update level any given system is at across your deployment. A clean central web interface allows viewing of systems and their software update status, and initiating update actions. What are the differences between Spacewalk and the Red Hat Network Satellite product? Read more.

Other Management Capabilities

In addition to software content management, Spacewalk provides provisioning and monitoring capabilities. It will enable you to kickstart systems, as well as manage and deploy configuration files. Spacewalk's monitoring feature allows you to view monitoring status for your systems alongside their software update status. Spacewalk also has virtualization capabilities to enable you to provision, control, manage, and monitor virtual Xen guests.

Providing Content to Geographically-Distributed Systems

Part of the Spacewalk project is the Spacewalk Proxy, the upstream of the Red Hat Network Proxy product. Multiple Spacewalk Proxies can connect to a central Spacewalk server and to cache and distribute content from the Spacewalk Server in various geographical locations, to reduce the load on the central server and improve download times for local systems.

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