Univention Corporate Server Reviews

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Great alternative to Microsoft Small Business Server

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Case studies for Univention Corporate Server and UCS Virtual Machine Manager

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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

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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.

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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?

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Based on the demo its ok, but needs more options for more control.

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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/