New release of enterprise server UCS launched

Univention Corporate Server 3.2 with improved user guidance and compatibility

Bremen, 19th November 2013. Univention GmbH, one of Europe’s leading suppliers of Open Source products for the cost-efficient operation and efficient administration of IT infrastructures (www.univention.com), has now launched Release 3.2 of its enterprise Linux distribution Univention Corporate Server (UCS). In the new version of its Windows server alternative, Univention has optimised the user guidance above all. In addition, compatibility with current hardware and the Microsoft systems Server 2012 and Windows 8.1 has also been improved. As such, UCS 3.2 is both a cost-efficient and a user-friendly enterprise server platform.

UCS 3.2: Release Candidate published

The Release Candidate of UCS 3.2 has been published and is available as DVD-ISO for i386 and amd64 from now on. It aims at channel partners, technology partners and interested parties who want to take a first glance at the upcoming release of Univention Corporate Server (UCS). It is not designed for productive use.

Install secure user login simply from the Univention App Center with a click of the mouse

LSE LinOTP offers two-factor authentication for Univention Corporate Server

With LSE LinOTP there is now a two-factor authentication solution available in the Univention App Center which can be integrated in existing IT infrastructures with just a few clicks of  the mouse. The combination of the two factors “possession” and “knowledge” guarantees particularly high security standards, for example for external access to company networks. The integration in the Univention Corporate Server (UCS) allows the use of the user data available centrally in UCS for the administration of the authentication devices.

With its SAML app, Univention has now released a single sign-on solution for web applications

Manage log-in data for different cloud services securely and centrally

With the SAML app in the Univention App Center, the software manufacturer Univention has now developed a single sign-on solution for logging on to different important cloud services. The application makes it possible to store user names and passwords internally and maintain them. In this way, companies can provide their employees with access to web services such as Dropbox, Salesforce or Google Apps without the employees having to register personally and log on afresh every time, as the central access can be performed via the infrastructure solution Univention Corporate Server (UCS), in which SAML can be easily integrated.

Univention Corporate Server available in openSUSE Build Service

Convenient creation of apps for UCS

Software producers who use the online build platform openSUSE Build Service for the automatic creation of installation packages for various Linux distributions can now also use it for packages for Univention Corporate Server. These packages can then be made available for installation via the App Center integrated in Univention Corporate Server.

DFKI and Univention develop selective replication mechanisms for LDAP multimaster servers

Research results on safer user management for cloud applications presented

Nowadays, operating IT infrastructures without cloud computing is barely imaginable. At the same time, however, many IT decision makers are hesitant to store sensitive corporate information on the cloud. They prefer to separate confidential data which should remain in the company and data which can be stored on the cloud. These types of hybrid cloud scenarios can only be operated cost-effectively if there is efficient and at the same time secure data matching between the local and cloud-based components. The research and development of the necessary algorithms was performed in cooperation in the scope of the SATCloud project by the employees of the “Cyber-Physical Systems” research department of the German Research Centre for Artificial Intelligence (DFKI) and developers at the Bremen-based software producer Univention. The aim of the project is to develop a pilot based on Univention Corporate Server by the middle of next year, which allows selective data matching of LDAP directories between multimaster servers.