As a media center in Bremerhaven, we support a total of about 40 schools, 1,700 teachers and 17,000 pupils in the use of IT and other media. When we began implementing our digitization strategy in early 2015, the introduction of a learning management solution was at the top of our list of priorities. But even then, we were already considering offering further services, such as a service e-mail address for teachers. At that time, however, there was still no standardized database in which the data of all pupils and teachers was available to which a learning management solution or a e-mail server could be connected.
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.
The maintenance of UCS 4.2 ended on March 31, 2019. Users still using UCS 4.2 should update to a more recent version of UCS to continue to receive security updates, bug fixes, and minor releases. To update to the latest UCS version 4.4, you must first update to UCS 4.3. A description of the steps required for the update can be found in the release notes of UCS 4.3.
In this article I would like to introduce you to the most important features and benefits of Collabora Online, explain the possibilities of using it to meet data protection requirements together with Nextcloud or ownCloud, and show you how easy is to integrate and operate Collabora Online with Univention Corporate Server (UCS). You will also learn that Collabora Online in UCS offers a pre-built environment, pre-configured packages and a friendly UX that makes the integration process extremely easy and straightforward by including Nextcloud or ownCloud appliances preconfigured as data storage. At the end, you will get a short overview about the main differences between our two versions: Collabora Online Development Editon (CODE) and the supported Collabora Online, both available in the Univention App Center.
After the extensive updates of the basic distribution with the release of UCS 4.3, our focus during the development of UCS 4.4 was on the implementation of new functionalities: The enhancements include new functions in Self Services, in the Portal, in Radius Integration and in Services for Windows. In addition, the Admin Diary is a new app with which events on the different systems or in the management system can be tracked and commented.
Log in once and automatically gain access to all programs and services – Single Sign-On (SSO) is a proven tool against the ever-increasing password fatigue among users. This is why many companies and educational institutions make it possible for users to log on centrally and only once.
It is also easy to set up Single Sign-On with UCS (see links at the end of this article). In this article I would like to show you how to link Nextcloud to UCS’s SSO mechanism.