Schedule of BigFix Patch site deprecation and end of support

IBM BigFix Patch has been in the process of deprecating sites and consequently ending its product support. These maintenance activities are in response to products’ end of life and changes in the product mechanism.

For example, Red Hat will be transitioning from the Red Hat Network interface to the Red Hat Subscription Management (RHSM) interface on July 31, 2017.

As a result, the BigFix Patch team has put in place the RHSM download plug-in and download cacher, and updated sites to cater to these changes. Support for the earlier versions of the download plug-in and the cacher will end on July 31, 2017.

Deprecated sites will have ‘Deprecated’ appended to the site name in the License Overview dashboard.

Reminders and pre-announcements were sent, but as a quick reference, here’s a list of scheduled site deprecation and EOL of BigFix sites.

July 31, 2017

  • Patches for CentOS 5 site deprecation
  • Patches for RHEL 5 – Native tools site deprecation and end of support
  • Patches for RHEL 6z site deprecation
  • Patches for RHEL 7z site deprecation
  • Patches for Ubuntu 1204 site deprecation
  • End of support for RHEL download plug-in and RHEL download cacher (replaced by the RHSM download cacher and RHSM download plug-in)
  • End of support for SUSE Download Plug-in and Cacher (non-SCC)

September 29, 2017

  • Patches for CentOS 6 Native Tools site deprecation
  • Patches for CentoS 7 site deprecation

What do I need to do?

  • Update to the later versions of the product if it has reached end of life.
  • Update to later versions of the applicable BigFix sites. Enable the site from the License Overview dashboard and subscribe your endpoints to the site.
  • If you are using baselines or custom sites, you must create new ones with the applicable sites.

What sites have been deprecated in 2017?
The Patches for SLES11 on System z site was deprecated on June 30, 2017 and replaced by the Patches for SLE 11 on System z Native Tools site.

Application Engineering Team
IBM BigFix