New in version 4.0

November 20th, 2014
  • The design and the usability of the graphical administration interface Univention Management Console were completely revamped. By using a responsive design, Univention Management Console provides improved compatibility for tablets and smartphones.
  • In addition to local virtualization servers, the UCS Virtual Machine Manger (UVMM) can now also manage OpenStack or Amazon EC2 environments. This allows the setup of hybrid cloud scenarios out-of-the-box with UCS.
  • UCS 4.0 is based on Debian GNU/Linux 7.7 (Wheezy). More than 16,000 source packages were updated. Selected core components, e.g. OpenLDAP (2.4.40), Samba (4.2rc2) or the Linux kernel (3.16) are more recent in UCS compared to Debian GNU/Linux 7.7.
  • The installation of UCS has been simplified significantly. The base installation is now done using the Debian installer and it is concluded with a web-based configuration of the system. The same, web-based system is also used for the manual configuration of cloud images or other appliances.
  • The performance of the OpenLDAP directory service has been significantly improved. By default the memory-mapped storage backend (MDB) is now used when installing UCS.
  • The management of applications in the UCS domain has been simplified through a centralised App Center. This allows the installation of applications in the entire domain from a single system.
  • UCS now also supports the installation on systems using UEFI SecureBoot.

New in version 3.2-4 (November 12th, 2014)

  • Improvement for the operation of UCS in Microsoft Windows Active Directory domains
  • Improvement for the migration of Active Directory to UCS
  • Increased security in UCS by activating perfect forward secrecy by default and using SHA256 as default hash

New in version 4.0 RC (November 7th, 2014)

  • The release candidate 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). It includes support for UEFI Secure Boot, the central App Center for the comfortable App administration, further improvements of the responsive design of the completely redesigned graphic interface of the UCS management system especially concerning smartphones and the updated packages from Debian 7.7.
  • The release candidate of UCS 4.0 is available as DVD-ISO for amd64. The installed system is configured to retrieve package updates from testing.univention.de. It allows to easily follow the development of UCS 4.0 by just updating the packages. The release candidate is meant exclusively for testing purposes rather than production use.

New in version 4.0 Milestone 2 (October 8th, 2014)

  • It already includes a preview of the completely redesigned Univention Management Console, the web-based graphical interface of UCS' infrastructure management system, with the aim to improve overall usability. It also includes a connection with OpenStack and Amazon EC2 to manage hybrid clouds.
  • 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), which is planned for mid of November 2014.

New in version 3.2-3 (August 12th, 2014)

  • The new module Active Directory Connection merges the domain administrated by UCS and an existing Active Directory. UCS is then available as a platform for the integrated operation of apps in an Active Directory domain.
  • The UCS setup wizard has been completely overhauled and now guides users particularly comfortably through the domain configuration of UCS and detects, for example, configuration settings automatically and suggests useful defaults.
  • PHP 5.4.4 has been back-ported to UCS 3.2. It can be installed from a separate repository and will receive security updates.
  • The OpenLDAP replication has been improved significantly by tracking changes in the directory service with unique IDs. The replication performance has been improved and replication errors have been reduced.
  • The Linux Kernel package has been updated to version 3.10.11. Besides many bug fixes, this improves the hardware support.
  • The Active Directory compatibility has been improved. UCS now supports the Microsoft Data Protection Application Program Interface (DPAPI).

New in version 3.2-2 (May 15th, 2014)

  • Domain joining of Windows clients with incorrect system times has been simplified; it is now no longer necessary to synchronise the system time in advance. In addition, password lockouts following unsuccessful login attempts are now also supported in Samba AD domains.
  • Univention AD Takeover - the UCS solution for the automatic migration of an Active Directory domain to UCS - can now also be performed via a Univention Management Console module.
  • The Univention App Center has been expanded further, for example: it is now also possible to provide applications which are not available for all processor architectures.
  • The configuration of the access to WLAN networks via the RADIUS protocol can now be configured in the Univention Management Console thanks to the new Radius app.
  • The Debian point update 6.0.9 has been integrated. It includes a wide range of bug fixes.

New in version 3.2-1 (February 18th, 2014)

  • The Linux kernel package was updated to 3.10.26. Besides many bugfixes this also improves the hardware support.
  • The Univention App Center was extended: Beside several bugfixes new interfaces are provided which improve the integration of third party applications.
  • Univention AD Takeover - the UCS solution for the automatic migration of an Active Directory domain to UCS - was improved further; it now also support the migration of AD domains operated in languages other than English or German.
  • Multiple usability enhancement in the Univention Management Console (UMC).

New in version 3.2 (November 20th, 2013)

  • The operation of the Univention Management Console has been optimised and simplified in a number of points, e.g., there are now simplified wizards for creating users and internal system users are no longer shown in the basic setting. In addition, the Univention Management Console now offers single sign-on; logging in once allows users to access different UMC instances.
  • SAML (Security Assertion Markup Language) is an XML-based standard for exchanging authentication information, which allows single sign-on across domain boundaries. UCS now provides a SAML identity provider: The external service (e.g., Salesforce) is then registered via a cryptographic certificate and trusted by the identity provider. The user then only needs to authenticate himself in UCS and can use the integrated service without renewed authentication.
  • The Univention App Center has been expanded further and offers more extensive integration possibilities for third-parties (e.g., relations of apps and optional ordering of apps from the App Center). The standard UCS components are now also installed/removed via the App Center.
  • Samba 4 has been updated to Version 4.1. SMB2 is used as the preferred protocol for file services instead of CIFS. The Univention S4 Connector has been considerably speeded up and the synchronization of groups improved.
  • Bridges, bondings and VLANs can now also be configured in the Univention Management Console.
  • The underlying Debian base has been updated to version 6.0.8; this imparts numerous improvements and bug fixes.
  • The Linux kernel has been updated to 3.10.15.
  • The management of shares has been simplified. NFSv4 is now also supported for NFS shares.
  • Proxy authentication is now also possible via Kerberos.

New in version 3.1-1 (April 9th, 2013)

  • Extensive improvements in Univention App Center and concerning the usability of the UCS management systems on mobile devices.
  • Users can now provide direct feedback to Univention with a feedback button.
  • An update of the Debian basis to the Debian 6.0.7 point update.
  • An update to Samba 4.0.3.
  • A pre-installed VMware image and VirtualBox image are now available for download.
  • An update of Linux kernels to V3.2.39.
  • New DVD ISO files for i386 and amd64.
  • An update for the AMI Univention Corporate Server (UCS) 3.1 (official image) rev. 5 in Amazon's AWS.
  • A new UMC module to view the configuration of Bridges, VLANs, and Bonding.