RHEL 7.5 Changes

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The RHEL 7.5 release brings the following main enhancements:

  • Security & compliance
    • Red Hat Ansible is now integrated with OpenSCAP, generating playbooks directly from scans.
    • The SAMBA suite defaults to the SMB protocol version 3.
    • Network-Bound Disk Encryption (NBDE) has been improved and now supports automatic decryption of data volumes (see here).
  • Performance & efficiency
    • Virtual Data Optimizer (VDO) provides storage optimizations (see here, herehere, here and here) through data de-duplication and compression capabilities.
    • Distributed File System (DFS) is now supported in the SMB protocol versions 2 and 3, allowing multiple SMB file systems to be seen as a single, virtual system.
  • Identity Management and Access Control
    • Windows Server 2016 forest is now supported for a cross-forest trust with Identity Management and integration with Active Directory has been enhanced.
    • The OpenLDAP suite now uses the OpenSSL library instead of the NSS library.
    • SSSD performance has been improved with several missing indexes added.
  • Networking
    • The tcpdump utility now supports the virtio-vsock communication device, allowing tcpdump to filter and analyze virtio communication between a hypervisor and a guest virtual machine.
    • The DNS3 option is now supported in ifcfg-* files.
    • It is now possible to configure NetworkManager to never stop trying to get or renew a lease from a DHCP server until it is successful.
    • Changes to the /etc/resolv.conf file are now automatically recognized and applied to running programs.

Although the kernel version is still 3.10 for most of the architectures, 64-bit ARM, IBM POWER9 (little endian) and IBM z Systems get version 4.14 through the kernel-alt packages.

The RHEL 7.5 release deprecates the use of Python 2.

Sources: Red Hat RHEL 7.5 announcement and RHEL 7.5 Release Notes.

In addition, an official technical overview is available here.
Also, Joe Brockmeier from RedHat wrote an article about Container-related Changes in Red Hat Enterprise Linux 7.5.

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