Posted On: Feb 6, 2018

AWS Systems Manager now allows you to specify repositories (repos) for Linux in the patch baseline, apply non-OS security updates through patching, and patch SUSE Linux Enterprise Server (SLES). 

Previously, you could only use repos configured on the instance. Now, you can define in the patch baseline which repos to download packages from. This gives you more control over where patches and updates are downloaded during patching operations, providing patching consistency for all of your instances. The repos can be configured in the patch baseline, which defines the patches that are approved for installation on your instances. Custom repos that are defined in a patch baseline are used only during patching operations and do not change the instance configuration. 

You can also now apply non-OS security updates as part of patching operations. This gives you the ability to perform application patching on Linux. 

Finally, Systems Manager now supports patching operations for SLES version 12 and higher. This allows you to use one patching solution for more of your mixed Linux environment. 

AWS Systems Manager is available in US East (Northern Virginia), US East (Ohio), US West (Oregon), US West (Northern California), Canada (Central), South America (Sao Paulo), EU (Frankfurt), EU (Ireland), Europe (London), Asia Pacific (Mumbai), Asia Pacific (Singapore), Asia Pacific (Tokyo), Asia Pacific (Seoul), and Asia Pacific (Sydney) public AWS regions. 

For more information about AWS Systems Manager, visit our Product Page and Documentation.