Univention Corporate Server 2.4 includes integrated virtualisation tool
Source: Univention Bremen, Germany-based Linux specialist Univention has released the final version 2.4 of its Corporate Server (UCS) product. The biggest new feature is inclusion of the "Univention Virtual Machine Manager" (UVMM), which allows virtual clients and servers, including CD, DVD and hard drive images, to be managed from a single interface. UVMM integrates seamlessly into the LDAP-based UCS management system and offers a uniform interface for both KVM and Xen, the two virtualisation environments currently integrated into the product. The company has also integrated the libvirt library and is keeping the option open for offering support for other virtualisation stacks, such as VirtualBox, in future.
The range of functions supported ranges from setting up new virtual instances, through resource management, to centralised administration via a GUI. Virtual systems can be launched, paused or migrated to different physical servers with just a click of a user's mouse. As with all developments derived from the Debian-based UCS, UVMM is licensed under an open source license. Version 2.4 does, however, see a switch from the GPL to the somewhat broader Affero General Public Licence (AGPLv3)
The developers have also revamped several components. UCS 2.4 uses the 2.6.32 Linux kernel with Xen 3.4.3, though the 2.6.18 kernel used since UCS 2.0 can still be used if required. Samba makes the leap to version 3.5.4 and the desktop suite sees Firefox updated to version 3.6.2 and OpenOffice 3.2. Users wishing to try out UCS 2.4 can download the software from Univention for free following registration.