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This release offers the live kernel patch in the web console, hosts many system roles and management improvements, and removes the need to make special requests for beta access.

There are many new features and improvements in RHEL 8.5 Beta that directly meet customers’ requests. The 6-month schedule, which Red Hat announced at the beginning of the RHEL 8 cycle and continues with this release, offers users a predictable and reliable release schedule.

RHEL 8. 5 Beta: Easier to manage and deploy

All RHEL releases make RHEL easier to manage, deploy and provide a better foundation for workloads, applications, and services.

RHEL 8.5 Beta continues this tradition with many management features and system roles that help deploy service, manage systems, and accurately assess security risks.

System roles

RHEL system roles use Ansible roles and modules to configure, automate and manage the series of services on RHEL. New or improved system roles introduced or updated for popular workloads in RHEL with RHEL 8.5 Beta include:

  • RHEL system role for Microsoft SQL Server: Enables IT administrators and those working with that title to automatically install, configure, and optimize SQL servers faster.
  • RHEL system role for VPN: Reduces time spent configuring VPN tunnels and the risk of misconfiguration or using non-recommended settings. It also supports host-to-host or mass VPN networking.
  • RHEL system role for postfix: The RHEL system role for Postfix, which has been in technology preview for a while, is fully supported with RHEL 8.5. This role allows administrators to name Postfix manual configurations, automate the server installation, configuration, and startup processes, and specify custom settings for better control of Postfix in the particular environment.
  • RHEL system role for timesync: uses the new Network Time Security (NTS) option for the existing timesync system role.
  • RHEL system role for storage: Adds support for LVM VDO volumes and volume sizes that can be specified as a percentage of the total size of the resource pool.

Web console

Based on the Cockpit project, RHEL’s web console offers a web-based interface for systems management and surveillance. RHEL 8. 5 adds new features to the already useful and easy-to-use RHEL service series.

  • Improved web console for performance metrics: Improved performance metrics help identify potential issues that could result from a massive increase in CPU, memory, disk, and network resource usage. Additionally, customers can easily export metrics to a Grafana server.
  • Live kernel patch management via web console: This new web console feature offers a simpler interface to apply live kernel updates without using a command line tool.

OpenJDK 17, NTS and much more

This version includes much more than the ones mentioned above. These include new support for OpenJDK 17 and other language updates, security features for personal access tokens, and network time security (NTS) for NTP. It is also improving features for running Linux containers and much more.

New Red Hat Enterprise Linux Beta experience

Red Hat is working to make it as easy as possible for RHEL betas to be included in their customers’ testing systems. At this point, the requirement to register for RHEL beta access is removed.

Red Hat memberships can now have unlimited Red Hat Beta Access subscriptions. Subscription expiration dates are also the same as the Red Hat subscription expiration date and the latest expiration date. More information is available in the article “Introducing the new Red Hat Enterprise Linux Beta experience” in the Red Hat Customer Portal Knowledgebase.


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