[rhelv6-announce] Red Hat Enterprise Linux 7.4 Beta Now Available

Red Hat Enterprise Linux 6 (Santiago) announcement mailing-list rhelv6-announce at redhat.com
Tue May 23 23:15:03 UTC 2017

We are pleased to announce the beta availability of Red Hat Enterprise
Linux 7.4, the latest version of our Red Hat Enterprise Linux 7
platform.  Nearly three years into its lifecycle, Red Hat Enterprise
Linux 7 continues to provide enterprises with a rich and stable
foundation for both existing applications and a new generation of
workloads and solutions.

The beta release of Red Hat Enterprise Linux 7.4 includes a number of
new and updated features to help organizations bolster security and
compliance, better streamline management and automation, and realize
an improved systems administration experience.

Security and Compliance
To help defend against the latest threats and provide a more secure
platform for mission-critical deployments, Red Hat Enterprise Linux
7.4 Beta introduces:
  * Support for Network Bound Disk Encryption - tooling designed to
reduce the management burden of disk encryption at scale.
  * Enhancements to OpenSSL HTTP/2.0 - enabling several new Transport
Layer Security (TLS) protocol features to be implemented in OpenSSL,
such as Application-Layer Protocol Negotiation (ALPN).
  * Updated audit capabilities - designed to make it easier for
administrators to filter the events logged by the audit system, gather
more information from critical events, and to interpret large numbers
of records.

Management and Automation
Given increasingly complex IT environments, with footprints that span
from bare metal to the cloud, Red Hat Enterprise Linux 7.4 Beta is
designed to make system configuration easier through the inclusion of
Red Hat Enterprise Linux System Roles. Red Hat Enterprise Linux System
Roles provide RHEL-specific supported content that relies on Ansible
automation to help simplify the management and maintenance of Red Hat
Enterprise Linux 6 and Red Hat Enterprise Linux 7-based deployments
via a single set of tools.

Ease of Use
Maintaining an IT infrastructure for mission-critical applications can
take a significant amount of time and effort. To this end, Red Hat
Enterprise Linux 7.4 Beta introduces:
  * Additional enhancements to RAID Takeover - enabling system
administrators to more easily change the RAID configuration and
characteristics of their logical volumes while in-use.
  * An update to Network Manager (version 1.8) introduces extended
route options for firewall and route-table setup, MACsec for L2 VPNs,
improved DNS, DHCP configuration visibility, and dynamic configuration
of ethernet interface options.
  * Support for new Performance Co-Pilot (PCP) client tools - the
addition of client tools like pcp2influxdb, pcp-mpstat and pcp-pidstat
allow for the export of performance metric values to influxdb, and
retrospective analysis of mpstat and pidstat values. Additionally, new
PCP Performance Metrics are available to a variety of Performance
Co-Pilot analysis tools.

To review a full list of new features and capabilities as included
with Red Hat Enterprise Linux 7.4 Beta, please visit:

Red Hat Enterprise Linux 7.4 Beta is now available in the Red Hat
Customer Portal to all customers with active Red Hat Enterprise Linux
subscriptions. To access and download Red Hat Enterprise Linux 7.4
Beta, please visit: https://access.redhat.com/downloads/

To access documentation for Red Hat Enterprise Linux, visit:

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offerings, and solutions - including greater insight into the beta
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