Unattended upgrades on RHEL or CentOS
What you need
Null mailer on each system to mail notifications
Access to repository or subscription channel
sudo yum install yum-cron
This is an excerpt of the important lines from the file ''/etc/yum/yum-cron.conf''.
[commands] update_cmd = default update_messages = yes download_updates = yes apply_updates = yes random_sleep = 360 [emitters] system_name = None emit_via = email output_width = 80 [email] email_from = root@localhost email_to = firstname.lastname@example.org email_host = localhost
Look at the comments describing these lines in the default configuration file that is installed by the package and they should be self-explanatory.
This essentially enables a cron job.
sudo systemctl enable yum-cron; sudo systemctl start yum-cron
Keeping track of updates installed
This is a tip if you have a need to keep track of absolutely each upgrade installed.
Set your ''apply_updates'' setting to no and your ''download_updates'' setting to yes.
You will get a notification over e-mail when updates have been downloaded on the system.
When you then update your system manually you run ''yum update -C'' because the ''-C'' argument restricts your updates to those that have been downloaded and nothing else. So in essence you have a list in your inbox of all the updates you're installing when you use this argument.
If you're not doing manual updates with yum -C to use the cache, then I'd suggest you also set your server to automatically reboot regularly.
As long as it's being monitored this should not be an issue and it's not far from what they've been doing for Windows servers already. We Linux server admins need to bury our uptime-pride and just get with the update program.