The organizations feature allows SUSE Manager administrators to create and manage multiple organizations across SUSE Manager. Administrators can control an organization’s access to system management tasks.

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If you click the name of an organization, the Organization Details page appears.

Organization Details

The Organization  Organization Details page lists the details of the selected organization.

admin organization details

The following details are available:

  • Organization Details  Organization Name : String (between 3 and 128 characters). This is the only value that you can change here. When done, confirm with clicking the Update Organization button.

  • Organization Details  Organization ID : Number

  • Organization Details  Active Users : Number. Clicking this number will open the Organization Details  Users tab.

  • Organization Details  Systems : Number

  • Organization Details  System Groups : Number

  • Organization Details  Activation Keys : Number

  • Organization Details  Autoinstallation Profiles : Number

  • Organization Details  Configuration Channels : Number

Organization Details > Users

List of all the users of an organization.

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You can modify the user details if you belong to that organization and have organization administrator privileges.

Organization Details > Trust

Here establish trust between organizations.

admin organization trusts

Such a trust allows sharing contents and migrate systems between these two organizations. You may add a trust by checking the box next to an organization (or remove a trust by unchecking it) and clicking the Modify Trusts button.

Organization Details > Configuration

Allow the Organization Administrator to manage Organization configuration, configure the organization to use staged contents (“pre-fetching” packages, etc.), set up software crash reporting, and upload of SCAP files.

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SUSE Manager Configuration

Enable SUSE Manager Configuration  Allow Organization Admin to manage Organization Configuration if desired.

Organization Configuration
  • Organization Configuration  Enable Staging Contents

  • Organization Configuration  Enable Errata E-mail Notifications (for users belonging to this organization)

  • Organization Configuration  Enable Software Crash Reporting

  • Organization Configuration  Enable Upload Of Crash Files

  • Organization Configuration  Crash File Upload Size Limit

  • Organization Configuration  Enable Upload Of Detailed SCAP Files

  • Organization Configuration  SCAP File Upload Size Limit

  • Organization Configuration  Allow Deletion of SCAP Results

  • Organization Configuration  Allow Deletion After (period in days)

When settings are done, confirm with clicking the Update Organization button.

Enable Staging Contents

The clients will download packages in advance and stage them. This has the advantage that the package installation action will take place immediately, when the schedule is actually executed. This “pre-fetching” saves maintenance window time, which is good for service uptime.

For staging contents (“pre-fetching”), edit on the server /etc/sysconfig/rhn/up2date:


stagingContentWindow is a time value expressed in hours and determines when downloading will start. It is the number of hours before the scheduled installation or update time. In this case, it means 24 hours before the installation time. The start time for download depends on the selected contact method for a system. The assigned contact method sets the time for when the next mgr_check will be executed.

Next time an action is scheduled, packages will automatically be downloaded but not installed yet. When the scheduled time comes, the action will use the staged version.

Minion Content Staging

Every Organization administrator can enable Content Staging from the Organization configuration page Admin  Organization  OrgName  Configuration  Enable Staging Contents.

Staging content for clients is affected by two parameters.

  • salt_content_staging_advance: expresses the advance time, in hours, for the content staging window to open with regard to the scheduled installation/upgrade time.

  • salt_content_staging_window: expresses the duration, in hours, of the time window for Salt clients to stage packages in advance of scheduled installations or upgrades.

A value of salt_content_staging_advance equal to salt_content_staging_window results in the content staging window closing exactly when the installation/upgrade is scheduled to be executed. A larger value allows separating download time from the installation time.

These options are configured in /usr/share/rhn/config-defaults/rhn_java.conf and by default assume the following values:

  • salt_content_staging_advance: 8 hours

  • salt_content_staging_window: 8 hours

These parameters will only have an effect when Content Staging is enabled for the targeted Organization.

Organization Details > States

From the Admin  Organizations  States page you can assign State to all systems in an organization. For example, this way it is possible to define a few global security policies or add a common admin user to all machines.

admin organization states