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.

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.

First milestone of UCS 4.2 Released

We are very pleased to present the first milestone of Univention Corporate Server (UCS) 4.2. The milestone is for our system house and technology partners, app providers and interested parties, who want to take a first look at the upcoming release of UCS.

This milestone provides a preview of the new UCS portal, which makes it easy for end users to find installed apps in the UCS domain.

In addition to the updated Debian base distribution, this milestone provides an integrated pre-release version of the upcoming Samba 4.6 version, which will be available in UCS after finalization.

Univention Summit: Open systems necessary for companies, schools and society

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300 experts at the Univention Summit 2017 in Bremen

About 300 participants met last week at the Univention Summit in Bremen. A central theme of the event was the importance of open systems for companies, schools, society and Germany as a business place. In the lecture and workshop program and the accompanying exhibition, software and hardware solutions as well as various aspects concerning the possibilities of open source were presented. Univention provided information about Univention Corporate Server (UCS), UCS@school and the business models of the Univention App Center. After the panel discussion with representatives of Lufthansa Systems, DB Systel and Univention, the best Bachelor and Master theses submitted to the Univention Graduate Prize were awarded.

Brief Introduction: Differences of the Cloud Services IaaS, PaaS and SaaS

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Summer time is conference time in the IT world and anyone going to one or more of these events hears about the latest developments in cloud computing, wondering sometimes how to keep up with the sheer number of cloud services acronyms used in this industry.

So let us disentangle the secret code of cloud computing by having a look at what the meaning of the different services IaaS, PaaS, and SaaS actually is.

How to Install Open Source SuiteCRM and Empower Sales

The core sales tool for every business in our increasingly data-centric world is customer relationship management (CRM). Your sales benefits greatly from CRM by collecting the best data of your leads. Likewise, marketing and general business planning also profit a lot from having the right information about customers and potentials. Using easy, web-based CRM tools, even the smallest business can utilize their power today.

Sales tool out of the box

There are numerous CRM solutions on the market, each with their unique advantages. In my opinion and personal experience the Linux-based software SuiteCRM stands out as it offers a comprehensive and easy to use user interface that is ready to use out of the box, but can also be easily adapted to your unique situation if needed. SuiteCRM provides easily understandable overviews of your customer engagement process. Apart from lead and contract management it also includes project management, invoicing modules, further extensions, and it is open source.

With the following installation and operation guide I like to help you get SuiteCRM set up and running. Look how you can manage it with ease via UCS!

OX in a Box: A Self-Contained Open-Xchange Environment for Containers and Virtual Machines

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Container technologies like Docker make it possible for service providers to easily offer separated, private environments containing Open-Xchange and other services at a low footprint. But usually management of these services is a challenge.

Univention provides a complete open environment to run and manage Open-Xchange inside Docker and popular hypervisors. This includes life-cycle, patch and identity management (IdM), a management GUI for customers, connectors to Microsoft Active Directory, and the possibility to integrate a dozens of other applications.