Foreman 1.8.0-RC1 now available for testing

With over four months of new features and many bug fixes, I'm happy to
announce our first release candidate for Foreman 1.8 and to ask for your
help in testing and making it ready for the end of the month.

All help is appreciated to ensure our dot-zero release is solid, either
installing a new instance or upgrading a test server.

Headline features

··· ================= Building on Foreman 1.7's increased support for specifying complex network interface configurations, Foreman 1.8 adds a new, simpler UI for managing interfaces when creating or editing hosts.

This also combines the previously separate network configuration for the
Foreman host and the network configuration under the Virtual Machine tab
into one single list of interfaces that’s used for both.

Hosts can now also have separate provisioning and primary networks,
which will help in more complex environments, plus different subnets can
be set to static or DHCP boot modes. This is used in our default
kickstart template, and we should have this available soon in preseeds
(help appreciated, see

Some performance enhancements are in this release, including Turbolinks
to improve the speed of the web UI (look for the thin blue progress bar
when changing pages), a number of database query efficiency improvements
and a new cache for Puppet class imports speeds the process up immensely.

A full list of the changes in Foreman 1.8 is in our release notes, with
more detail on the headline features to follow soon:

Upgrading or installing

When upgrading, follow these instructions and please take note of any
known issues, we’ll update the manual if they arise.

If you’re installing a new test instance, follow the quickstart:

Packages may be found in the 1.8 directories on both and, and tarballs are on

The GPG key used for RPMs and tarballs has the following fingerprint:
64E3 7B1F A6C0 2416 6B53 5495 28F5 A69D 225C 9B71
(Foreman :: Security)

Bug reporting

If you come across a bug in your testing, please file it and note the
version of Foreman that you’re using in the report.

Foreman: Foreman
Proxy: Foreman
Installer: Foreman

Dominic Cleal
Red Hat Engineering