Collabora Online and UCS as alternative for proprietary office suite services

Collaborative work regardless of time and place has long been part of everyday life for many employees. Not least because of this, large cloud-based office applications such as Microsoft 365 or Google Docs are very popular. The major disadvantage of using these services, however, is the loss of control over the your own data.

New UCS training program

Neues Schulungskonzept 2021
The Univention Corporate Server (UCS) technical training has long been an established and essential part of our service portfolio. It ensures the successful use of our products UCS and UCS@school in organizational IT. In a two-day seminar, our customers received a detailed introduction to UCS. They learned about its administration and configuration and were able to consolidate their knowledge with the help of practical exercises. Further, they could ask questions about their individual use.

Integrate Nextcloud manually into UCS

Nextcloud manuell in UCS integrieren
The Nextcloud app has been available for installation from the Univention Appcenter for almost four years. It is a very effective way of making a functioning integration of the popular “File Sync and Share” solution into the management system of the Univention Corporate Server within a very short time. This is suitable for making the services of the Nextcloud hub available to a manageable number of users. On occasion, even to a larger circle of several hundred or thousand users.

However, the Docker-based integration has a few disadvantages due to its architecture, for which a Nextcloud installation on a different platform would be worth considering.

How does Single Sign-on work?

OpenID Connect SAML SSO

Single sign-on (SSO) is an authentication process which allows users to log in to many different applications with only one set of credentials. They enter their username and password once and are automatically granted access to all programs and services which have been made available to them. After they have authenticated successfully for the first time, the SSO mechanism takes over and handles the authentication to all the other services.

Automatically manage Samba Shares in UCS and UCS@school

UCS Samba Freigaben
Whether you want to share files, printers or other services in your network – the Open Source software suite Samba is an incredible powerful tool which brings Linux, Windows and macOS client computers together. Samba can manage shares for users and groups, and since version 4, Samba can also take on the role of an Active Directory Domain Controller and thus replace the Windows directory service in a domain.

Healthcare IT Infrastructure: Requirements and key elements

In the healthcare sector, highly sensitive data is handled every day and must be protected against unauthorized access. A modern IT infrastructure with relevant key elements increases trust and security for patients. Kevin Dominik Korte, President of Univention North America, reports on the requirements of such an IT infrastructure on the renowned US magazine Forbes.

In his article, Kevin Korte highlights five key elements that can help to make an IT infrastructure scalable, secure, and user-friendly.

The full article is available on forbes.com.

Light Theme for UCS 5

UCS 5.0 Logo zum aktuellen Release
We released UCS 5.0 at the end of May – one of the most important new features of the latest major release: the new design. The dark theme of the UCS interface appears during the installation, in the portal, the Univention Management Console (UMC) and its modules as well as all other web services for end users. You don’t like the new color scheme? No problem, we’ve just released a few errata, and erratum 23 provides a second, bright theme as an alternative. In this article, I’ll explain how to change the theme of all UCS web interfaces and switch to the light theme. I’ll also show you how to configure your own color scheme.

POSSIBLE – Phoenix open-source office solution consortium successful in Gaia-X funding application

Bremen July 1, 2021 – The Federal Network Agency has included the POSSIBLE project in the first tranche of grants for innovative IT projects for Gaia-X. With POSSIBLE, a consortium in which Univention is involved will make the open-source workstation for the public sector (“Phoenix”) compatible with Gaia-X. The goal of POSSIBLE: The digitally sovereign and self-determined handling of data and processes in Gaia-X.