Strictly speaking, the new diary consists of two apps that you can easily install in your UCS environment through the Univention App Center: the Admin Diary Backend and the Admin Diary Frontend. The backend collects data from all UCS instances in the domain and stores it in a database. The frontend provides access to this log via a module of the Univention Management Console (UMC) and displays the events.
In this blog article, I will introduce you to both apps and also explain how to run backend and frontend on two different computers. This may be useful, for example, if there already is a dedicated database server in your environment: Then you install the backend there. The frontend will be installed on that system, on which you normally use the UMC (e.g. the Master). Let’s start with the standard option: both on one system.
For some time now, the portal with its modern appearance and easy administration has been the central entrance to a UCS domain for users and administrators alike. My colleague Johannes has already described the most important functions of the portal in our article How to Configure the UCS Portal Easily with Drag & Drop. With UCS 4.4, we added some new features which I would like to introduce you to in this article.
- searching for users
- creating users
- modifying user attributes
- the detailed user overview
- editing passwords of single or multiple users simultaneously
- deleting users
- administration of users in groups
A major benefit of UCS is that users can log in to a variety of services which are operated on UCS and which are used in their respective organisations with the same user name and password they usually use. In the past, users could change their password through the Univention Management Console (UMC). Via the entry User settings / Change password a new password could be set after entering the old one. However, if the user had forgotten their old password, they had to contact the administrator to have them reset the password.
With the current UCS version 4.4, all of this can be done with the new function of the App Self Service without needing help from the administrator. Indeed, all you need is the user’s e-mail address (or mobile phone number to receive an SMS). Moreover, the UCS Self Service enables users to edit their own contact information and, for example, upload a profile picture or enter an address and further data.
In March we launched the fourth minor release for Univention Corporate Server 4. The current version 4.4 offers a number of new features, as well as increased security and more convenience. In the blog article UCS 4.4 Release – Admin Diary, Self Services and Windows Domain Trusts we discussed the highlights of the new UCS version. With this article we will now demonstrate how easy it is to update to the new UCS – depending on your personal preferences either through the Univention Management Console (UMC) or using the commandline.
If the directory service is down, many other services are no longer available. In this article we are going to show you how to plan a fail-safe environment for your UCS domain with LDAP replication, i.e., storing an exact copy of the data on multiple servers – this improves the reliability as well as the performance.