Rudder 7.2 release notes

Rudder 7.2 is currently a maintained version.

Rudder 7 will be supported for at least three months after the next major release, and for 18 to 24 months with a subscription.

New patch management features

Patch management campaigns

The patch management feature gains the ability to schedule upgrade campaigns across your nodes.

Update campaigns

You can define either one-shot or recurring (weekly or monthly) campaigns, targeting a set of groups. You also define a time windows, and the upgrades will automatically be spread across the target nodes.

Once the upgrade has run, you get a centralized view over the results.

Update campaigns

And you can also access detailed logs to troubleshoot any issue.

Update campaigns

Windows updates

  • Available system updates (through Windows Update) are now listed on Windows nodes too, both in node details and centralised system update view.

  • The Windows system update technique is now able to download its upgrades from a Windows Server Update Services (WSUS) server.

Configuration policies

Import-export of configuration

It is now possible to export to and import from another server a rule or directive and all of its dependencies (including techniques from the technique editor).

This allows finer-grained synchronization compared to git repository synchronization.

Improved reporting when using "iterator" variables

Reporting will now be correct when using iterator variables as input for methods (for example when using an iterator variable to install several packages).


Terminology clarification for agent types

We renamed the agent types to make them clearer for users:

  • Classic is now Linux (but also covers AIX)

  • DSC is now Windows

The API allowing to pre-create nodes is now part of the base API

The plugin "create-node" allowed pre-creating nodes in Rudder. This means making the node visible in the interface, and being able to pre-provision settings (certificate, node properties, etc.) before the node actually sent its first inventory. This is useful in a provisioning automation context.

RHEL 9 support (and all its siblings!)

We added support both as server and agent for RHEL 9 and derivatives (CentOS Stream, Rocky Linux, AlmaLinux, Oracle Linux).

Improvements for our Windows agent

New execution engine

Our Windows agent improved with a new execution engine (written in F#), unlocking a lot of current and future improvements.

Improved experience for Powershell script execution

It is now easier to handle errors when running Powershell scripts from the agent.


It is now possible to configure user logins to be case-insensitive

This allows matching the behavior of authentication sources (en particularly Active Directory).

Ability to define configuration override in a directory

It is not a lot easier to make changes to the Rudder server configuration by deploying them as overrides over the default configuration in the (with a the .conf extension).

New page to list information about server hooks

We added a page in the settings section to show the list of currently configured server hooks.


  • We merged and renamed packages to make their content more obvious:

    • rudder-webapp, rudder-server-root and rudder-reports are merged into rudder-server

    • rudder server-relay becomes rudder-relay

    • rudder-agent stays rudder-agent

  • cron is not used anymore on relays, avoiding installing it on minimal system installs

Improved external database setup


Improved vulnerability tracking

Notable performance improvements were made to the vulnerability tracking feature.

The dashboard style has been refreshed

A small cosmetic update was made on the dashboard to better match the new style.

Installing, upgrading and testing

Supported operating systems

This version provides packages for these operating systems:

  • Rudder server and Rudder relay: Debian 10-11, RHEL/CentOS/Alma/Rocky 8 and 9, SLES 15, Ubuntu 20.04 LTS and 22.04 LTS

  • Rudder agent: all of the above plus Debian 9, RHEL/CentOS 7, SLES 12

  • Rudder agent (binary packages available with a subscription) : Debian 5-8, RHEL/CentOS 3-6, SLES 10-11, Ubuntu 10.04 LTS, 12.04 LTS, 13.04, 15.10, 14.04 LTS, 16.04 LTS, 18.04 LTS, Windows Server 2008R2-2019, AIX 5-6-7, Solaris 10 & 11, Slackware 14

Read more about supported operating systems in the documentation.

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