[BESAdmin-Announcements] IBM BigFix changes and updates in line with the RHEL 5 and RHN Classic's end of life

Announcements for BES Administrators besadmin-announcements at bigmail.bigfix.com
Tue Feb 7 19:09:16 PST 2017

IBM BigFix Patch for Red Hat Enterprise Linux (RHEL) will be making updates
to stay aligned with the upcoming changes from Red Hat:

     Red Hat Enterprise Linux 5 (RHEL5) end of life (EOL) is on March 31,
     2017. For more information, see

     Red Hat is shifting from the Red Hat Network (RHN) hosted interface to
     the RHSM interface in July 2017. For more information, see

  BigFix Patch for RHEL is implementing the following updates:

    End of support for RHEL 5
    BigFix Patch for RHEL will no longer provide RHEL 5 Fixlet content and
    will end it's RHEL 5 support in July 2017. We suggest  updating to
    later versions of Red Hat. Users of the RHEL with Extended Life
    Cycle Support (ELS) may open an RFE for content support.

    End of support for non-RHSM versions of the download cacher and
    download plug-on
    The earlier, non-RHSM versions of the download cacher and download
    plug-in are supported only until RHEL 5. The RHSM enhancements that
    BigFix Patches for RHEL released in December 2016 supports RHEL 6 and
    RHEL 7.

    Deprecation of the Patches for RHEL 5 - Native tools site
    The Patches for RHEL 5 - Native tools site will be deprecated in July
    2017. The site will have 'Deprecated' appended to the site name in the
    License Overview dashboard.

  Additional References:
  - For information about the RHEL 5 EOL, see the following:
     -- Archived Red Hat notice:

     -- Under the Life-cycle Dates section:
     -- https://linuxlifecycle.com/
  - For information about the RHN Classic sunset and migration to RHSM, see
  - For information about IBM Request for Enhancements (RFE), see

  Application Engineering team
  IBM BigFix Patch
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