New in Univention App Center: Apple School Manager Connector

iPads in schools

The digitisation in schools that are equipped with UCS@school continues to progress rapidly. Many school authorities and federal states are providing schools with mobile terminals for use in the classroom. Apple’s iPads in particular are in demand. The devices are robust, easy to use and affordable. They are also equipped with a large number of special apps for digital education.

While iPads are usually tied to a single user, there is one exception for schools with the so-called shared iPads: Students authenticate themselves with their credentials and can thus access personal data, homework, apps, books, etc. This not only saves costs but in combination with mobile device management also a lot of time, as teachers can manage the contents centrally.

MAC&EGG Introduces Apple macOS Alternative: Univention Corporate Server

Apple has removed many functions from the current macOS Server version 5.7.1. Calendar Server, DNS, DHCP, VPN Server and other functions are no longer included in the new version. Apple provides alternatives, but these are often not comprehensive enough to allow small to medium-sized businesses to work comfortably with them. What is missing is a uniform interface that can be used, as before, to execute the entire configuration.

Online Office Appliances Preconfigured with Nextcloud Available

The appliances for the online office solutions Collabora and ONLYOFFICE are now also available preconfigured with Nextcloud. Just like the appliances with ownCloud, the online office solutions can be used immediately after commissioning without additional configuration. Simply log on to Nextcloud, create a document and open it in your browser for editing.

For the development of the appliances, an autoconfiguration was added to the respective apps so that the corresponding plugin is activated and configured in Nextcloud with existing Collabora or ONLYOFFICE. This also benefits the usual installations of the apps directly from the App Center.

The appliances are available for download for the virtualization platforms KVM, VirtualBox and VMware.

Collabora with Nextcloud in the App Center

ONLYOFFICE with Nextcloud in the App Center

Max Planck Institute for Cognitive and Neurosciences Switched Live to UCS

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Research at the Max Planck Institute for Human Cognitive and Brain Sciences revolves around human cognitive abilities and cerebral processes. Among other focuses, this includes higher level brain functions such as language, emotions, and social behavior as well as plastic changes in the human brain. For this, a flawlessly functioning IT system is essential.