Univention Corporate Server

Highlights in UCS 3.x

Customers who have purchased UCS in the past twelve months and customers with an ongoing maintenance agreement can update to the latest UCS release at no additional charge.

New features in UCS 3.2 (released on 18.11.2013)

  • Revision of the UCS and management system overview pages: Modern and functional design for a better overview.
  • Single Sign-On and crosslinks: Once logged in to the UCS management system, the administrator can use different UCS system without logging in afresh.
  • Support for SAML through an app in the Univention App Center: The app will provide a SAML identity provider permitting each user to individually use web single sign-on for different web services, e.g., Google Apps for Business.
  • Provision of UCS system components as apps in the App Center: For example, AD Connector, the management server for virtualized environments, the virtualization servers Xen and KVM and many more.
  • Synchronization of the directory service schema with domain controllers: Adding of UCS schema extensions to domain controller backups and slaves through join scripts.
  • Further information for users of the App Center: With UCS 3.2, it will be possible to provide the administrator with vendor information upon installation or updating of an app.
  • Support of VLAN, Bonding and Bridges: From UCS 3.2, this configuration can also be set in a separate extension in the UCS management system.
  • Support for NFSv4 and Kerberos for file sharing: Use it as the default setting for file sharing. This will increase the security for file sharing in the UCS environment.
  • Update of the VirtIO and GPLPV drivers. The drivers are needed for the virtualization of Microsoft Windows in KVM and Xen environments.
  • Update of all apps to UCS 3.2
  • Graphical revision of the software monitor module
  • Update of core components, e.g.:
    • New Linux kernel 3.10
    • Update of OpenLDAP to version 2.4.35
    • Update of Samba 4 to version 4.1
    • Update of Debian Basis to Debian 6.0.8 point update

New in UCS 3.1 (released on 13.12.2012)

  • Univention App Center allows simple integration of software components in a UCS installation. The applications are provided both by third parties and by Univention itself (e.g., UCS@school).
  • The new tool Univention AD Takeover allows the simple migration of a Microsoft Active Directory to a UCS installation based on Samba 4. In this case, all users, groups and computer accounts along with their passwords and group policies are taken over. It is not necessary for Windows clients to rejoin the domain.
  • Microsoft Windows 8 and Microsoft Windows Server 2012 are now supported. The Samba versions used for this have also been updated.
  • The Linux kernel has been updated to Version 3.2.30 and now supports considerably more and newer hardware.
  • The Univention Installer now also supports systems with the UEFI boot standard. In addition, the installation is now performed in the GUID Partition Table standard by default, which allows more efficient partitioning.
  • The network configuration for bridges, VLANs and bonding can now be configured more easily using Univention Configuration Registry.
  • A range of performance improvements for environments with several thousand users have been implemented, e.g., for group membership resolution.
  • Numerous fine-tuning adjustments to the usability have been performed in the management system, for example: frequently used UMC modules can now also be displayed specially in a favourites area. In addition, the Dojo framework has been updated to Version 1.8.
  • The documentation is now also available online in HTML format under http://docs.univention.de.
  • The UCS virtualization stack has been updated; Xen is now available in version 4.1.3, QEMU/KVM in version 1.1.2 and libvirt in version 0.9.12.

A complete list of all changes can be found in the release notes.