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.
In February 2019, the Univention Directory Notifier received a new protocol version that makes replication of directory service contents within the UCS domain more secure. To achieve this, some modifications had to be made under the hood.
- 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
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.
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.
We updated Samba for UCS 4.4 to version 4.10.1 This version includes the actual Samba Security Update from April, 8 with security updates for AD Domain Controller and Fileserver. UCS 4.3 got the necessary security updates for the Samba version 4.7.8
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.