The well-known open source client management system opsi can not only deal with Microsoft Windows clients but also with Linux. As Univention announced the discontinuation of Univention Corporate Client (UCC), I want to present you opsi as an alternative for the fully automated installation, maintenance and inventory of Linux desktop clients in your domain. In addition, opsi can also do the same for complete Linux and UCS systems.
In the following, I explain you briefly how this works.
A large-scale project is currently under way in Cologne, Germany: the setup of a standardized, centralized identity infrastructure for all schools. This is set to include considerable simplification of the software distribution and the administration via the education authority over the coming years and measures to ensure that the schools in Cologne are ready for the digitalization of education.
The third round of the voting series “Vote for Apps” in the Univention App Catalog is over. It ran from April 13 to May 13.
Thank you guys very much for participating.
Enterprise wikis are about technology and features – but also about the main principle of sharing.
Wikis were a small cultural revolution. The idea behind it: Different people join online to collaboratively write texts, review them, discuss changes, improve, supplement, link and categorize them. And through this work and combined knowledge of many people a powerful central knowledge base is created in which you almost always find what you need to know.
Wikipedia has consistently thought through the model of openly exchanging knowledge and made it popular. For 17 years Wikipedia has been the place to go for knowledge on the Web while the use of wikis has been spreading in companies, too. The open source software TWiki (1998) or the proprietary Confluence (2004) paved the way for the triumphant march of wiki technology in companies. Of course, the Wikipedia software MediaWiki (2002) also plays a part in the story about wikis in companies. But more on that in a moment.
Have you ever thought?: “It’s enough! I finally want to set up my own robust, powerful server at home to put an end to the permanent threat that someone might hack my precious data.”
I did! And today, I’d like to share with you here all the necessary steps that are required for this. In addition to UCS, my home server scenario also includes a software bundle made up of groupware, mail, and file exchange software, i.e. ownCloud and the Kopano apps. This bundle make proprietary mail and groupware solutions redundant if you like. In addition, I also show you how to install Let’s Encrypt so that the connections to your UCS server will be well protected, too.
Today we introduce our new Domain Join Assistant for Univention Corporate Server (UCS). With this tool, administrators can now integrate Ubuntu computers into a UCS domain without any additional manual configuration. Thanks to this, all users can log in directly to their Ubuntu desktop using their usual domain accounts. This automation eases administrators’ work to manage Ubuntu clients on the network. Thanks to Kerberos SAML integration, organizations that already use UCS version 4.3 can now offer their users single sign-on for the Ubuntu clients.
Our work environment is becoming more ‘colorful’, but also more difficult to handle and control. Employees increasingly determine for themselves which tools they use and where they work. As an admin, you easily lose track and become afraid of losing control over the security of your corporate IT.
Fortunately, UCS provides an identity and access management (IAM) that centrally manages and supervises all tools, devices, data, and accesses. By setting up a centralized IAM, you not only avoid shadow IT, but most of all, you regain control over your network and your precious data.
For those of you who have little technical knowledge in UCS, I like to explain today the terms LDAP / OpenLDAP, as they are the cornerstones of our central IAM system.
Advantages of Roaming Profiles and Folder Redirection to Boost Network Performance + Data Availability
Would you like some valuable tips on how to increase network performance and user data availability when using Windows clients together with UCS?
Thinking about user data, many of us admins immediately understand that questions about the issues of backups, privacy, and availability, no matter whether across different machines or outside the office, can create us a considerable headache. But fortunately there are solutions in place and in this article I want to cover two of them: Roaming Profiles and Folder Redirection, arguably the most popular solution to the problem.