Zentyal Changelog

New in version 4.1

March 27th, 2015
  • This release is completely focused on improving the stability and set of features delivered by the OpenChange module, based on Ubuntu 14.04.2 LTS to provide the latest stable packages.
  • Zentyal server comes in two different flavors: development version, for bleeding edge testing of the latest available features and commercial version for stable production environments.

New in version 3.5 (July 2nd, 2014)

  • New base distribution: Ubuntu 14.04 LTS (Trusty)
  • Removal of synchronization with OpenLDAP
  • Support for Microsoft Outlook 2010 and inbox refresh improved
  • Removal of some modules (L7 Filter, FTP, Zarafa, User Corner, Captive Portal and Bandwidth Monitor) to focus in the rest

New in version 3.4 (March 18th, 2014)

  • Highlights:
  • High Availability for Unified Threat Management (UTM) and Gateway
  • Outlook Anywhere support
  • New restyled Zentyal webmail UI
  • Out of Office support for OpenChange
  • Core Changes:
  • New base distribution: Ubuntu 13.10 Saucy
  • Removal of Apache instance for Zentyal Administration
  • Improved system of bug reports
  • Improved management of exceptions

New in version 3.3 (December 17th, 2013)

  • Microsoft Exchange Server migration tool:
  • Calendars (default folder)
  • Contacts
  • Native Microsoft Exchange Server replacement:
  • Provisioning of Zentyal as first Microsoft Exchange Server
  • Provisioning of Zentyal as additional Microsoft Exchange Server
  • User management
  • Autodiscovery support
  • Virtual Domain hosting
  • Webmail:
  • Email Support (IMAP)
  • Calendar Support (MAPI)
  • Contact Support (MAPI)
  • Global Address List Support (AD)
  • Other:
  • Improved exception management system
  • General bugfixing and improvements
  • UI, style and menu improvements
  • More responsive pages through partial AJAX updates

New in version 3.2 (September 20th, 2013)

  • New base distribution: Ubuntu 12.04.03 Long Term Support, featuring a new Linux 3.8 kernel and providing the last updates for all the packages and services managed by Zentyal
  • Unified style and usability across the GUI, featuring Drag and Drop support to move table rows, Single Click support to enable modules and their dependencies all together and icons!
  • Integration of the latest Samba 4.1 release
  • Completely new Users and Computers interface based on a Tree view, including support for multiple Organizational Units for some of the modules (Samba, Proxy, Mail, Zarafa)
  • New mode that allows to authenticate against an external Active Directory server
  • Initial GPO support for login/logout scripts (to be extended in next releases!)
  • New IPS module
  • L2TP support in the IPsec module
  • Faster Zentyal administration interface!
  • New headless (remote administration only) installation in the expert mode
  • Faster boot due to better management of daemons

New in version 3.2 RC1 (September 4th, 2013)

  • The Zentyal 3.2-rc1 comes with all the Zentyal Server 3.2 features and from now on, all the focus will be on bugfixing, polishing details and working on migration paths from Zentyal Server 3.0 to 3.2. This version includes all the bug fixes done since the last beta release together with the following improvements:
  • New base distribution: Ubuntu 12.04.03 (featuring a new Linux 3.8 kernel)
  • Unified style and usability across the GUI
  • Moreover, as announced in the Forum, the following modules have been moved to the contrib repositories in order to live up to our motto of being an easy-to-use Linux small business server:
  • PPTP
  • Virtualization
  • Thin clients
  • VoIP
  • The release date is approaching quickly (September 19th!) so it is more important than ever that you join the testing effort! To test this version, do a fresh installation of Zentyal 3.2-rc1 with Internet connection to make sure that the latest versions of the packages are downloaded. If you already have a Zentyal 3.1-2 installed, you can upgrade the full system by using the Software Management module or with apt-get update && apt-get dist-upgrade in command line.

New in version 3.1 Beta (May 10th, 2013)

  • New IPS module
  • L2TP support in the IPsec module
  • Faster Zentyal administration interface!
  • New headless (remote administration only) installation in the expert mode
  • Faster boot due to better management of daemons

New in version 3.0-2 (March 19th, 2013)

  • This installer comes with a new compilation of packages, including all the bugfixes and Ubuntu system updates since the release of the previous 3.0-1 installer.
  • This 3.0-2 installer is based on the new Ubuntu 12.04.2 LTS, that was released last month and it comes with all the system updates and features a new Linux 3.5 kernel.

New in version 3.0-1 (December 21st, 2012)

  • This installer already includes the final Samba 4.0.0 package. Please read the current status of Samba4 in Zentyal server 3.0 (http://forum.zentyal.org/index.php/topic,13403.0.html).
  • It comes with improved UTF-8 support. This is specially useful for those who are not using Zentyal in English. Please note that if you are already experiencing issues with UTF-8, upgrading may not be enough and probably you need to reinstall the server in order to fix them.
  • This installer also allows to introduce your Zentyal account credentials since the beginning of the installation to automatically register your server.

New in version 3.0 (September 14th, 2012)

  • New distribution base: Ubuntu 12.04, providing new versions of all the packages and services managed by Zentyal.
  • Improved performance: there is now a global cache to speed up all the requests to the Redis configuration backend. Also, the MVC framework uses now a new model load system to save some CPU processing and to reduce memory usage.
  • Improved reliability: new locking and transactions systems have been developed to avoid any risk of data incoherences or corruptions.
  • Samba 4 integration: a full replacement of the Windows Server Active Directory, which allows Zentyal to join as additional controller of an existing AD Domain.
  • Kerberos integration: single authentication for HTTP Proxy, Mail and Zarafa groupware, in addition to File Sharing which is already provided by Samba.
  • New look & feel for the Web interface along with usability improvements.
  • New Master-Slave architecture: now it's easier than ever to synchronize your users between several Zentyal servers.
  • New UPS module:it helps to keep your server always up and running in case power outages.
  • New Thin Clients module using the popular LTSP software.
  • Reviewed HTTP Proxy with a simpler interface and improved filtering by time period.
  • Zarafa 7.1: a new version of the groupware suite featuring a new web interface, multi-domain support and web chat integration.
  • Support for advanced NAT rules in Firewall module

New in version 3.0 RC2 (September 7th, 2012)

  • This version is based on the new Ubuntu 12.04.1 installer and besides all the bug fixing done since the first release candidate, it features a new Samba 4.0 beta8 and lots of additional improvements and polishing.
  • Now it is definitively the time to download Zentyal 3.0-rc2, test it throughout and help ironing out the remaining flaws! You can download the new installer from the Beta Downloads page: http://www.zentyal.org/beta/. If you already have installed Zentyal 3.0-rc1, simply upgrade your packages to the latest available versions (Software Management module) or using apt-get update && apt-get dist-upgrade. Please note that Zentyal 3.0-rc2 is a release candidate and it is not intended for production environments.

New in version 2.2 (September 15th, 2011)

  • Improved performance: thanks to the configuration backend rewrite using Redis 2.0 and other optimizations, the responsiveness of the interface and the speed of other processes have greatly improved.
  • Better installation process: in addition to the general performance improvements that also affect the installation speed, the package selection interface has been simplified, allowing to easily select profiles or individual packages on a single page. There is also a new wizard that allows you to get and use a free Basic Subscription with just one click.
  • Usability improvements: we have reorganized menus and interfaces, and polished a lot of small details that make the Zentyal user experience much more satisfactory. Moreover, we have also added new features like the ability of adding objects or services in a popup dialog directly from the drop-down lists when adding a rule using them.
  • New i18n system: the translation system has also improved a lot, the strings that were impossible to translate before are now fully translatable, and the translations are provided as separate language packages which can be independently installed and updated much more often, providing a much better international experience with Zentyal.
  • Captive Portal: brand new module to allow Internet access only for authenticated users and also limit bandwidth consumption according to their quota.
  • Administrator audit logging: keep track of all the configuration changes done by the different users with administration rights in Zentyal. This feature also notifies of the actions that are going to be applied before saving changes.
  • IPsec and PPTP support: new ways to establish VPN connections, specially useful with specific hardware or Windows environments.
  • Virtual Machine management: integration with KVM and VirtualBox to provide easy administration of virtual machines integrated with the Zentyal interface.
  • Improvements on DNS module: including the new transparent cache mode, forwarders support or the ability to configure SRV or TXT records.
  • Zarafa 7 integration: new version of the groupware suite, with lots of improvements.
  • Bandwidth usage data: the new bandwidth monitor module, not only integrates with the Captive Portal to limit the access, but also gathers information about the bandwidth consumption.
  • Ad-blocking: this new HTTP Proxy feature allows to transparently remove advertisements from all the browsed pages.
  • USB support: now you can install Zentyal from a USB stick, specially useful if your server does not have a CD-ROM drive.

New in version 2.1 Beta (February 22nd, 2011)

  • Cleaning/refactoring in code and packaging
  • New i18n system
  • Use of Redis 2.0 to improve performance in the configuration backend
  • Removed obsolete migrations to reduce installation time
  • Some minor usability improvements (much more coming soon!)
  • Zentyal rebranding on package names, URLs and filesystem
  • Includes new OpenVPN 2.1.4 for Windows installer
  • User corner is now a separated package (zentyal-usercorner)

New in version 2.0-3 (December 23rd, 2010)

  • New distribution base: Ubuntu 10.04
  • Improved software management
  • Performance improvements
  • Autoconfiguration wizards
  • New Zarafa module
  • New FTP module
  • Bridged mode
  • Webserver with HTTPS support
  • Improved firewall & CA
  • Printers & Jabber rewritten
  • Visual improvements
  • Reduced installer size (just 460MB)!

New in version 1.5-1 (August 8th, 2010)

  • The old configuration backend (gconf) is now replaced with a brand new one based in redis. This improves the user experience in general, making the web interface more responsive. It also decreases the installation and boot times.
  • The migration scripts of each package are now run on the same perl interpreter. This reduces the installation time of the packages.

New in version 1.5 (July 27th, 2010)

  • Improved software management: the ebox-software package acts now as a installer. It
  • also eases the process of installing, updating or deleting packages.
  • Autoconfiguration wizards integrated in the administration interface.
  • New mode for network interfaces: bridged.
  • Improved logs performance.
  • Webserver with HTTPS support.
  • New FTP module.

New in version 1.4-1 (March 12th, 2010)

  • X11 UI tweaks (thanks to Kamilion)
  • Added console-cyrillic package
  • Install l7-protocols if trafficshaping is selected in advanced mode
  • Quote passwords to avoid problems with strange characters
  • Do not allow to enter 'root' or any other existing system user as admin user to avoid conflicts

New in version 1.4 (February 4th, 2010)

  • eBox Technologies is proud to announce the general availability of eBox Platform 1.4, a major new release of the Linux server aimed at small and medium businesses. Besides incorporating a range of new features and improvements, the eBox Platform 1.4 release features – for the first time – SaaS options such as remote backup and low-cost VoIP calls to mobile phones and landlines all over the world, making eBox Platform ever more attractive server option for both SMBs and IT service and solution providers targeting the SMB market.
  • “We believe the new version 1.4 of eBox Platform is a big leap forward towards our goal of providing the best Linux based server for small and medium businesses” said Ignacio Correas, CEO of eBox Technologies. “Now, we do not only offer a more complete set of functionalities for the server and an improved environment for the delivery of services by IT providers through the eBox Control Center, but we have integrated eBox Platform with a series of subscription services in the cloud, bringing together the power of open source, SaaS and cloud computing under a common technology. For the first time, SMBs can enjoy an affordable and easy-to-use enterprise-level network with a complete set of first-class services that help them improve the reliability and security of their infrastructure while reducing investments and operational costs!”
  • Two of the most important new features of the eBox Platform 1.4 release include support for master-slave LDAP servers and Microsoft Windows Active Directory synchronization. Moreover, new features include new webmail module, PPPoE support, Multi-WAN support for DHCP and PPPoE configured gateways, new Samba (3.4.5) version, dynamic DNS updates via DHCP and new RADIUS module. Additionally, the new release incorporates a number of improvements in the Mail, Printers and VoIP modules and general usability enhancements.