How to install Univention Corporate Server

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Preface

Most of the IT or non-IT organization/companies generally possess hybrid environment .i.e. they have Linux based as well as Microsoft based desktops or servers.It becomes a challenge of IT/System administrators to ensure availability of all of the resources such as printer sharing, directory sharing, Internet sharing etc, especially when some organization is looking for some low cost solutions for such resource management. Although a lots of firewalls are available in open source but very rare dedicated OS are available which can act as complete All-in-One IT infrastructure management solution provider. Zentyal is one of such available application server, a article based on zentyal was published few months before refer following link to know more about zentyal http://www.unixmen.com/how-to-setup-zentyal-server-4-1/

We were searching for some other alternative and we found uninvention corporate server as alternative open source which can be used in the form of complete IT infrastructure management Application.

About Univention Corporate Server

UCS is a operating system derived from Debian. It is an cross platform, centralized and integrated management system used for administration of Groups, users, application and resources.

Features

Network and Intranet services

UCS include all of the important functions required for effective management of Network Infra. BIND DNS server is ready for quick use, multiple internal ip address can be used to manage multiple domain name services.DHCP server is integrated in UCS. A very effective web proxy is provided with customisable web access control.

Printer management

UCS have built in CUPS based printer management system with the help of which printer can be installed on to the server which be available for Mac OS, Windows or Linux users with the help of SAMBA.

File Share

With the help of NFS and samba a centralised web based access can be provided to various groups and users, there maximum disk quota limits can be managed with the help of policy based administration.

Network Monitoring

Nagios comes as builtin feature of UCS which can be used for network monitoring purpose.

Mail Services

UCS can be used as ready to use mail server with Postfix and Dovecot services, assignment of email addresses, aliases users is manageable centrally as usual. Zarafa, Horde, Egroupware, OX App suite comes as mail and groupware with UCS.

Microsoft windows support and virtualization

The AD take over wizard of UCS enables migration of complete Microsoft Active Directory domains UCS server very easily.This wizard is available in UCG app centre which can be installed with a single click, UCS can join an existing Active Directory domain.With the native component “services or windows” UCS offers Active Directory  compatible services with SAMBA.

Virtualization

With the help of UCS Virtual Machine Manager (UCMM) which is available in App Centre offers a effective central administration tool for cloud management, it allows to administer virtual machines OpenStack EC2 Environment.

Installation

We will need good speed lease line/broadband internet connection, 2 Ethernet cards 40-80 GB hard disk, 4 GB RAM, and minimum corei3 process will be sufficient to establish a server for 25-30 users.

Download .iso image of UCS from this link

Boot system

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Press Enter with default settings, select language and proceed

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Proceed to install, define root password

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Configure clock

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Define Partition and proceed

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Start installing software

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Create a new UCS domain and click next

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Provide required credentails

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Define FQDN and proceed

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Selecr your desired softwares and start configuration

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Now this configration/installation step make take some time to be complete

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When Installtion process is over screen will look something like below, open browser and start rest of configuration settigns

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Open browser and login with Administrator and configure your server

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Login with Administrator user and password

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After successful login, all features will be avialabe which you can explore and manage.

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With App Center, you can download all of the avlaiable applications as and when required for your specific requirements, it will show available and installed applications

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Configuration is over at this stage, you can configure all of your services using this managemnt console.

Have Fun!!

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  • SK

    Great OS. haven’t tried it yet. Is it completely free or should we pay for use all modules like Untangle?

  • Hi SK,
    Yes, UCS is completely free to use and we are happy that you like it. A download link is mentioned above in this article.

  • aurang zaib

    Hi GmbH,This article is very informative keep it up i really appreciated and want to get certification track if any please mentioned.
    IS their any online Hands on LAB we can did

  • Hi aurang, Thank you very much for your interest in UCS. If we understood you, you are looking for an online course in UCS. So far, there’s only one in German. But please visit our website, if you like to receive further information on UCS such as documentation or ask any questions in our forum.

  • aurang zaib

    Hi,Thank you very much for reply!where i can found next article to complete my VDI lab next after installing UCS.

  • aurang zaib

    thank you where is the next article for VDI LAb!!

  • Neeraj Prem Verma

    UCS is awesome, few months back I got chance to evaluate this, I was impressed.
    But People may give a try to ClearOS as well, that is a very strong competitor of it.

  • Hi Aurang, Sorry, we hadn’t answered your request earlier. As we said, unfortunately, we don’t provide any English UCS courses but if you like to know more about UCS you find further information on our YouTube channel (univentionvideo), in our blog or ask questions in the Univention forum (easy to find via Google). Thanks, Univention!

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