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Univention Corporate Server is a pre-configured platform to operate and manage server applications and complete IT infrastructures free of charge. It is optimal to provide Microsoft Server-like services on the cloud or on premises, to run and operate corporate IT environments with Windows-, Mac-, and Linux-based clients and extend those with proven enterprise software, also on the cloud or on premises.
Active Directory-like domain services compatible with Microsoft Active Directory; a mature and easy-to-use web-based management system for central user, groups, rights and infrastructure management; a scalable underlying concept suited for single server scenarios up to the management of 1000s of clients and servers for 1000s of users within one single UCS domain; an app center with single-click installation and integration of many business applications from 3rd parties and Univention; management capabilities to manage Linux- and UNIX-based clients; command line, scripting interfaces and APIs for automatization and extension.
The complete source code of UCS is provided under an Open Source license. The software is tried-and-tested and regularly updated. UCS is free of charge as a Core Edition without functional limitations. Companies preferring guaranteed, professional support can subscribe to maintenance services for UCS.
An integrated IP management (DNS, WINS, DHCP), file, printer + desktop management, Ubuntu Domain Join Assistant, AD Takeover allows the migration of a Microsoft AD to UCS via Samba. AD Connection either integrates UCS in an AD domain or allows automatic sync of the AD and UCS. The App Center provides further UCS components and numerous Open Source products from 3rd parties such as ownCloud, Nextcloud, Kopano etc., many of them Docker-based and integrated in UCS' central identity management. Hybrid cloud management for OpenStack and Amazon EC2; based on Debian GNU/Linux 9 (Stretch); single sign-on; system monitoring
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Great alternative to Microsoft Small Business Server
For those who are interested in practical application examples for Univention Corporate Server (UCS) and UCS Virtual Machine Manager (UVMM) can go to Univention's reference site and take a look at the application spectrum for UCS and UVMM at: UCS/UVMM case studies
Premise that I am not an IT professional and was introduced to UCS by Owncloud, which uses UCS since version 10 as "package container.
I downloaded a VirtualBox machine and ran it. I must say the various settings are not hyper intuitive for the non pro, but with a little trial and error I got it working. Since it is an integrated environment, It manages easily the digital certificates that make my cloud secure and it allows me to run my own cloud service from a small computer at home.
There are many other software services offered, but I must say that regretfully, they are a lot harder to use or, in some cases not working, so it has been a little frustrating, because they are really cool.
For instance, a package called guacamole would allow to remote desktop to other computers in my network from within a web browser, but Univention admits that it is probably not working.
One cool package that works is a Wordpress implementation, which I have tested and seems to do its job.
Altogether, for non pros, I would give it a more than passing grade.
Hi, Ingo from Univention here. Thanks for your feedback, I'd like to comment on a few topics:
About the installation process I'd appreciate feedback about which step needed trial and error? Please feel free to discuss this also on https://help.univention.com
The various software components one can install using the integrated "App Center" are partly provided by external partners. So you don't rely on Univention knowing everything, but can get the combination of UCS for Identity Management and Service Management and on partners like ownCloud / Nextcloud / Collabora / OnlyOffice / OpenXchange / Kopano and other who are specialists for their services. For most of these Apps professional support is available. In which state such a service / "App" is, is described in the details and visible before installation. For the "guacamole" App: Currently the App is marked as "Cool Solution", which means there is only "best effort" support. The App is deployed and in use in many installations and from what I know is working fine. We also did some updates a few weeks ago, maybe you tested an earlier version?
Univention Corporate Server 4.3-3 was released on December 11, 2018.
More information at: https://help.univention.com/t/ucs-4-3-3-thirt-point-release-for-ucs-4-3-available/10649
Based on the demo its ok, but needs more options for more control.
If you need assistance, the Univention forum is a great resource https://help.univention.com/ or the other community support pages, see: https://www.univention.com/products/support/community-support/
Since a long time, Univention Corporate Server is already available as Amazon Machine Image in AWS, so setup a public- or virtual-private-cloud-instances of Univention Corporate Server, actually in version 3.2 rev 2. This offers a lot of amazing scenarios, to provide different services how mail-services, file-services etc. in cloud. It´s already possible, several instances of UCS on premise and "in cloud" to work together. AWS itsself provides a lot of security-issues to secure any connection beetween local and cloud-instances of UCS, how virtual private clouds, virtual private networks or network acls. Additionally Univention provides an amazing app "OPENVPN4UCS" in App-Center ( https://www.univention.de/produkte/ucs/app-katalog/app/details/openvpn4ucs ), to secure connnections to cloud-ucs-instances.