Completely redesigned management console for added user-friendliness in IT administration
Bremen, 7th October 2014 +++ Univention GmbH, a leading European provider of Open Source products for the cost-effective operation and efficient administration of IT infrastructures (www.univention.de), has released the second milestone release of its enterprise server operating system Univention Corporate Server 4.0 (UCS 4.0). The most striking change compared with the current version, UCS 3.2., is the fundamentally revised and optimised user guidance in the UCS management system. It offers a completely new, modern and easy-to-learn user guidance and adapts its display dynamically to the various client devices.
In UCS 4.0, which is due for release in mid-November, the design of the user interface of the web-based UCS management system has been completely revised. The new, orderly structure not only makes it easy to familiarise yourself with the new home page, but also makes further navigation considerably more intuitive too. The identity and infrastructure management modules have been grouped into seven, colour-coded categories. These colour accents recur throughout the corresponding modules, so that users know where they are at all times. In addition, the display of the management interface has been changed over to responsive web design, so that the management console can be conveniently operated from any end device. As a result, UCS users always benefit from optimal usability irrespective of their output device.
Version 4.0 also includes considerable technical updates for UCS: The basis is the latest Debian 7 “Wheezy” and the Linux kernel 3.16. Consequently, there are now more than 16,500 up-to-date package sources adapted to UCS available to UCS users. The milestone release also includes an advanced version of Samba 4.2 for the administration of Active Directory domains. For improved LDAP performance, the backend has been changed over to MDB and, in addition, UCS 4.0 has a new graphic installer based on the Debian installer.
The advanced version is primarily intended for partners and interested parties who wish to take a look at the updates and contribute to improving the final release with their feedback. Interested parties are welcome to try out the new milestone release, which is not yet recommended for productive use, free of charge at: http://wiki.univention.de/index.php?title=UCS_4.0_Development#Testing
Feedback is welcome at: https://www.univention.com/feedback
Further information on the latest technical improvements in UCS 4.0 can be found in the Univention blog: http://blog.univention.com/technical-overview-ucs-4-0-preview/