Release Candidate of UCS 4.2 Now Available

Mockup Portal UCS 4.2

Today, we have published the Release Candidate UCS 4.2. Highlight of the release is the new, freely configurable online portal, which you can flexibly adapt to your needs and the one of your organization. Further, a lot less obvious changes we have made are: We have updated the distribution base of UCS to Debian 8 (Jessie) and we have now made natively available a large part of the Debian packages. Hence, we can provide important security and product updates much faster than ever before.

We will release UCS 4.2 beginning of April 2017. Everyone who is curious to know more about UCS 4.2 can see a live demonstration of the Release Candidate at the CeBIT in hall 3 / booth D36-620 till Friday this week.

UCS 4.2: Second Milestone Released

Today, we released the second milestone of Univention Corporate Server 4.2, which is available as DVD-ISO for amd64.

Information on download and installation of the milestone as well as further information on the scope and schedule of the new version can be found in the blog article about the first milestone.

The milestone 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). The installed system is configured in such a way that it automatically retrieves package updates from the testing repositories. This allows you to easily follow the development of UCS 4.2 by just updating the packages.

The milestone is not designated for production use and an update DVD from UCS 4.1 is not available.

If you have further questions about the milestone, go to the UCS area in our forum.

Download the 2nd milestone of UCS 4.2

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.

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

Cloud computing illustration
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!

Brief Introduction: SAML

Schaubild Übersicht SAML

Web-based work has been a widespread phenomenon in many industries for a long time already and is increasingly become standard practice thanks to the recent trend of cloud computing. This all sounds great to begin with, as you also have access to web-based programs from outside of the company and are thus able to work from practically wherever you want, whenever you want. However, the direct consequence of this flexibility is that each user has to remember more and more login data for the individual programs for security reasons. Added to this is also the time and effort required every day for logging in and out of each program, depending on how many programs you work with in parallel.

Luckily, this is where SAML – security assertion markup language – comes into its own. SAML is a secure, XML-based data format for the exchange of authentication and authorization information so as not to put a company’s data security at risk despite web-based working. At the same time, it also offers each and every user an optimal level of comfort.

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

Schaubild OX in a box

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.

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