News from The Univention Development Team

It‘s been only four weeks that we published UCS 4.3-2, and we already have some more news for you from our development team.

UCS 4.2-5

Two weeks ago we published UCS 4.2-5. Essentially this release bundles the nearly 100 errata updates, mainly security updates and stabilizations that were released for UCS 4.2-4. The upcoming errata updates for UCS 4.2-5 will only be available for customers with an enterprise subscription. If you are a Core Edition user, we therefore recommend you to update to UCS 4.3 so that you continue to receive security updates in the future.

Univention supplies the IT infrastructure for teaching in Bremen‘s schools

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Since 2003, the Bremen „Senator for Children and Education“ has been developing and implementing a centralized offer for the provision of IT infrastructure in Bremen‘s schools. Among other elements, this covers centralized identity and infrastructure management, defined server and desktop environments, software distribution of educational applications for schools, a school software solution for computer-assisted teaching and roll-out, support, update and helpdesk procedures.

Improved Network Security and Performance with a Reverse Proxy

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Providing services on the Internet is part and parcel of day-to-day work in a company nowadays, but you don’t always want the server to be directly accessible from the Internet when doing so. A reverse proxy can control access in such cases using ACLs (access control lists). The reverse proxy can also reduce the number of IP addresses required, as it can provide access to multiple systems behind one IP.

How-To: Administration of Groups in UCS

Whether it’s for access to the UCS portal, printers, or files, users’ authorizations in UCS are defined by their group memberships. This process facilitates the administration of authorizations in large environments in particular as there is no need to assign individual authorizations to each user separately. The group administration reduces the administrative efforts required when mounting new services to the central IDM especially if these services can be made available to defined groups in one go.

UCS 4.3-2 Published! New: Maintenance Mode for Release Updates …

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With UCS 4.3-2, the second point release for Univention Corporate Server (UCS) 4.3 is now available, which includes a number of security updates and various new features.

New: UCS maintenance mode

UCS 4.3-2 now offers a maintenance mode for importing release updates via Univention Management Console (UMC). UMC is the web-based, graphical user interface for the administration of the entire domain. In the past, when a release update was recorded, short-term failures of the UMC could occur, for example, because the updated services were restarted.

New: UCS Dashboard Facilitates Administrator Monitoring

In the UCS Dashboard app, we now have the first (beta) version of a new dashboard based on the Open Source solutions Grafana and Prometheus. The app allows administrators to check the status of domains and individual servers on different dashboards quickly and simply. The dashboards can be accessed simply via a web browser, access a database in the background, and deliver updated reports on certain aspects of the domain or servers continually.

Univention offers online distribution platform for software manufacturers

Bremen, August 15, 2018 – Univention, a specialist in IT infrastructure and identity management, offers software manufacturers an attractive distribution channel: They can sell their solutions directly online via the Univention App Center. IT service providers and system houses are now able to combine tailor-made solutions from a broad portfolio of business applications to their customers. The Univention App Center is a central component of the ID management solution Univention Corporate Server (UCS) and makes the installation of cloud and enterprise applications almost as easy as the installation of smartphone apps. The advantage for everyone involved: In addition to providing the software, Univention also handles the entire billing management. The App Center already offers ownCloud, Nextcloud, Bareos, Collabora, Kopano, KIX, OpenProject and other solutions.

Install Matterbridge & Bridge Mattermost to Chat/ChatOps

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At Kopano we have been developing packages to easily install and update Mattermost for quite some time now. For those using the Univention Corporate Server (UCS) we maintain an app that sets up Mattermost and configures it for you automatically.

But what if you already have a chat platform in your company and cannot migrate all users at the same time? Or you want to provide a Mattermost chat for all your customers, but only want to buy a Mattermost subscription for your internal users? Or you have a subset of your users relying on your old chat platform and clients?