Brief Introduction: Samba / Microsoft Active Directory

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In our latest article from our ‘Brief Introduction’ series, we would like to introduce you to the software Samba and Microsoft Active Directory – two solutions for the central detection and authorization of members of a domain. These are very important features as the central administration of a domain network helps to achieve more data protection and higher failure security for your IT systems.

We also like to show you briefly how UCS is able to bridge the gap between the Linux world and the Windows world so that the benefits of both systems can be utilized.

Univention Corporate Server 4.2 Released: Improved Operating Concept and lots of New Technology under the Hood

Univention Management Console in UCS 4.2
The most striking new feature of the Univention Corporate Server 4.2 release is the significantly further developed operating concept for all users – not only for the administrators, but also for the end users. In addition to new features such as the online portal, this is due to the smoother interface, faster ways to overview deployed resources and improvements in the management system.

In the past months, our development department has worked intensively on bringing all the important UCS components to the latest state-of-the-art.

Digitalization Package for Schools with Integrated E-Mail and Collaboration Functions

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As a leading provider of Open Source-based IT infrastructure solutions, we have now “bundled” a new digitalization package for schools, in the knowledge that only secure, flexible, and user-friendly solutions allow the modernization of the IT infrastructure in education so desperately desired by politicians. To this end, we have comprehensively expanded our special solution tailored to the requirements of education authorities, UCS@school, with groupware functions and the web-based office suite from Open-Xchange. The new software package was also on show at this year’s CeBIT.

It supports schools in their digitalization, and we are delighted that the city of Basel, Switzerland, is already implementing it in a pilot project for 20,000 users.

Release Candidate of UCS 4.2 Now Available

Mockup Portal UCS 4.2

Today, we have published the Release Candidate UCS 4.2. Highlight of the release is the new, freely configurable online portal, which you can flexibly adapt to your needs and the one of your organization. Further, a lot less obvious changes we have made are: We have updated the distribution base of UCS to Debian 8 (Jessie) and we have now made natively available a large part of the Debian packages. Hence, we can provide important security and product updates much faster than ever before.

We will release UCS 4.2 beginning of April 2017. Everyone who is curious to know more about UCS 4.2 can see a live demonstration of the Release Candidate at the CeBIT in hall 3 / booth D36-620 till Friday this week.

CeBIT 2017: Univention securely connects cloud and enterprise IT

Mockup Portal UCS 4.2

Hanover, March 21, 2017 – Univention is presenting the brand-new edition of Univention Corporate Server (UCS) right in time for the CeBIT 2017. With version 4.2 of the established open source software, mixed IT infrastructures can be managed via a single web interface and more than 80 other enterprise applications can be deployed. The highlight of the release is the new, freely configurable online portal, which can be flexibly adapted to the needs of organizations and individual users. A lot has also happened under the hood: With UCS 4.2 the distribution base of UCS has been updated to Debian 8 (Jessie) and a large part of the Debian packages has been made available natively. Important security and product updates can be deployed faster than ever before. UCS 4.2 will be released in early April 2017 and will be shown for the first time a live demonstration at the CeBIT in Hall 3, booth D36-620.

UCS 4.2: Second Milestone Released

Today, we released the second milestone of Univention Corporate Server 4.2, which is available as DVD-ISO for amd64.

Information on download and installation of the milestone as well as further information on the scope and schedule of the new version can be found in the blog article about the first milestone.

The milestone aims at channel partners, technology partners and interested parties who want to take a first glance at the upcoming release of Univention Corporate Server (UCS). The installed system is configured in such a way that it automatically retrieves package updates from the testing repositories. This allows you to easily follow the development of UCS 4.2 by just updating the packages.

The milestone is not designated for production use and an update DVD from UCS 4.1 is not available.

If you have further questions about the milestone, go to the UCS area in our forum.

Download the 2nd milestone of UCS 4.2

Creating Trusts between UCS Samba/AD and Native Microsoft Active Directory Domains

Logo Samba, Sprechblase "what do you think"

In this article we would like to inform all IT administrators and IT-interested people about the possibilities of a trust between two domains (UCS Samba/AD and Microsoft AD). To set up a trust is to give users of one domain access to the resources of another. This can increase the scope for actions in some situations!

In our example, we will specifically refer to the interaction between Samba in UCS and Microsoft Windows, explaining in detail how a so-called trust relationship can be configured and informing about the current state of implementation.

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