We are glad to announce that the Centro de Tecnologías Avanzadas (CTA) will deliver two certified eBox Platform courses in March 2010 in Zaragoza, Spain. The courses, entitled “Administración de sistemas con Ubuntu – Aplicación eBox”, are aimed at employees, unemployed and freelancers interested in Linux based network management.

The courses are free of charge and will be held in Spanish, from the 8th until the 26th of March – one in the morning with a total duration of 60 hours and one in the afternoon with a total duration of 48 hours. Both of the courses also include a certification exam. All the interested parties can apply on-line until the 26th of February (please note that there are different applications for the morning course and the afternoon course).

These courses are aimed at IT professionals with basic knowledge on computer network management, for example, Windows system administrators who are interested in quickly getting effective at managing computer networks with Linux based systems. At the completion of these courses, students should be able to understand the concepts behind computer network management and to manage perfectly small and medium sized businesses’ computer networks with eBox Platform.

The courses include a large set of practical exercises with eBox Platform, all of them carried out in a virtual environment installed on each students’ PC. Besides introducing the students to the platform virtualization, this allows them to model computer networks with different servers and clients and to try by themselves multiple network environments and configurations. The detailed course program is available at the CTA web page.

The maximum number of students accepted for each course is 15 and the students are selected based on their curriculum vitae and examination.

eBox Online Store is now available!

February 22 2010

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eBox Platform developer and sponsor, eBox Technologies, announced today the launch of an online store aimed at eBox Platform end users. The eBox Online Store – available at https://store.ebox-technologies.com/ – provides a channel to acquire a number of eBox based subscription services such as VoIP credit or backup storage space, support services or official eBox documentation.

“Our aim with eBox Platform and eBox based services is to offer small and medium businesses and IT service and solution providers a one-stop-shop for all the network management services” said Javi Vázquez, Chief Operating Officer at eBox Technologies. “eBox Platform has a fast-growing professional user base that is requesting every time more commercial services and we believe that with the launch of the online store we are able to meet better the needs of the marketplace.”

The recently launched version 1.4 of eBox Platform integrated – for the first time – SaaS options such as remote backup and low-cost VoIP calls aimed directly to the eBox end users. The eBox Online Store now enables the purchase of off-site storage space and VoIP credit that the eBox end users can easily use through the eBox Platform user interface.

Other services that are now available for purchase include eBox Control Center Subscriptions to manage and monitor easily multiple eBox servers and support services such as One-time eBox Support, aimed at those customers that occasionally have a need for technical support and eBox Migration Support, to guarantee successful migrations from eBox 1.2 to eBox 1.4. Both support options are provided directly by the eBox Support Team. In addition, end users can now purchase official eBox documentation from the online store – to begin with, the official eBox for Network Administrators Guide in Spanish (for eBox Platform 1.4).

Other on-line services that will be offered shortly will include One-time Priority Support, with maximum response time of one hour, aimed at those customers that have an occasional and urgent need for technical support as well as official eBox documentation in English. Furthermore, in the first half of 2010, the company will launch the Virtual CIO service, that consists of reports on network activity together with security audits, evaluations on the status of the network, warnings of potential problems and recommendations of improvements.

eBox Platform development team is happy to announce the immediate availability of the official documentation for eBox Platform 1.4, the Linux small business server. As usual, the updated documentation is available at http://doc.ebox-platform.com/, in English and in Spanish. If you want to contribute to the improvement of the official documentation, please do let us know through the Forum.

Additionally, you can find the full list of available documentation including the official documentation for eBox Platform 1.2, how-tos, tutorials and screencasts at: http://trac.ebox-platform.com/wiki/Document/Index.

The eBox Platform development team is proud to announce that eBox Platform 1.4, the Linux small business server, is now available for download at: http://www.zentyal.org/server/. 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.

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.

For additional information regarding the upgrading, repository and full change log, please check the eBox Platform 1.4 Announcement The next stable release will be eBox Platform 2.0 which is expected for July 2010.

eBox 1.4-rc1 ready for testing

February 1 2010

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eBox Platform development team is glad to announce that the first release candidate for eBox Platform 1.4 is now available for download at www.ebox-platform.com/download/beta Please note that eBox beta 1.3.x releases have finally become this release candidate and eBox 1.4 will be the first stable version since eBox 1.2 (released in July 2009).

Besides shipping a number of new features and improvements (check the roadmap for deatails), the focus of this release candidate has been on allowing easy migrations from eBox 1.2 to eBox 1.4. Although we have tested thoroughly several upgrading scenarios and we have detected a very few rough edges, we would appreciate greatly your help in testing this release candidate and making the eBox 1.4 a great release!

Please remember this is a release candidate and it’s not ready for production yet. For additional information, how to upgrade and known issues please check the forum. We’re looking forward to receiving your feedback!

eBox Technologies, the developer and sponsor of eBox Platform – the Linux Small Business Server, announced today the general availability of eBox Control Center subscription services. eBox Control Center is a solution that enables centralized management and monitoring of multiple eBox servers and is mainly aimed at Authorized eBox Partners and other IT service providers with a number of eBox deployments.

eBox Control Center features include remote, centralized and secure administration of groups of eBox servers, automatic remote configuration backup, network monitoring and generation of customized reports regarding the use of different network services. If you are a professional eBox Platform user, maybe you are interested in reading the full story. Starting immediately, you can also request a 15-day trial at no charge at: www.ebox-technologies.com/products/controlcenter/try/ The free trial includes on-line support for eBox Control Center related issues.

Update (22/04/2010)
As we will shortly introduce new subscription services that integrate the services currently included in the eBox Control Center subscription, we proceed to withdraw the Free trial and the eBox Control Center subscription service from the eBox Online Store. Those customers who have already purchased eBox Control Center subscriptions will be granted service until the end of their subscription and then they can move to the new subscription services. Thank you for your interest and feedback and stay tuned for the new subscription services!

4th anniversary of eBox Platform!

November 30 2009

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We are proud to recall that four years ago today, the first official release of eBox Platform was launched. The development of the Open Source Small Business Server that was started in early 2004 and aimed at offering SMBs easy network management has come long way since and has reached a potential few could imagine.

After five years of intense development work and approximately 200.000 lines of code that integrate over 20 open source network management tools in one single platform, eBox is currently not only an enterprise level network management solution, but what is more, enables Managed Service Providers (MSPs) and Value Added Resellers (VARs) to offer a full set of eBox based network management and outsourcing services for SMBs all over the globe.

Included in Ubuntu since 2007, an estimate of 40,000 active installations, currently over 8,000 monthly downloads and active community of 2,000 members -both growing at fast pace, make us to believe that eBox Platform is a well-established solution in the open source market and each new release will take us a step closer to our goal of turning eBox into the application of choice for Linux based network management!

New eBox 1.3.10 installer available

November 27 2009

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eBox Platform development team is glad to announce the release of the first installer for the 1.3 development branch. The main new features include PPPoE support, RADIUS module and Webmail (roundcube) module together with many other minor improvements and bugfixes. You can download eBox 1.3 at: http://www.ebox-platform.com/download/beta

All these features and much more will be available in the next eBox 1.4 stable version that will be out in few months (check the roadmap for additional information). In the meanwhile, you can help us starting to test the eBox 1.3 by reporting bugs or any other issues you consider of importance. Just remember that this is beta software and it is not intended for production use.

Your feedback is very important – Please do not hesitate to report any issues through the eBox Support Forum or eBox Trac.

We’re proud to announce that an essay regarding the Advanced Network Service Testing Environment (ANSTE) that was developed in order to carry out eBox Platform testing has been included in O’Reilly’s Beautiful Testing book that is to be published on the 30th of October. Beautiful Testing, edited by Tim Riley and Adam Goucher, offers 23 essays from 27 leading testers and developers that illustrate the qualities and techniques that make testing an art.

“eBox Platform is a complex tool that integrates a number of independent network services, released as a set of independent modules that need to be thoroughly tested to prevent regressions and to verify the correct functioning of each feature” said Isaac Clerencia, author of the “Testing Network Services in Multimachine Scenarios” essay and developer at eBox Technologies. “After a year or so since we started developing eBox Platform, getting a new release out had become a struggle due to the lengthy testing and quality assurance process. What is more, these tasks had quickly become the most dreaded ones among eBox developers and we figured out that something had to be done.”

“As we couldn’t find an existing testing tool that would suit our needs, we ended developing our own open source testing suite” said José Antonio Calvo, ANSTE developer and developer at eBox Technologies, and continued “the result was ANSTE that allows you to easily define complex network scenarios with multiple virtual machines, to run or to remotely schedule the tests according to pre-defined test suites that include command-based and Selenium-based tests and finally obtain a full report that is made available through a web interface.”

“We think ANSTE is a beautiful network service testing solution that can help in the testing process of any software that involves several machines connected to a network” said Isaac Clerencia. “ANSTE has already been successfully used to test MySQL clusters and we think it could also be useful for other projects, such as XMMP or Squid, for example. We are extremely glad for being included in the Beautiful Testing to give more visibility to the project for a good cause.”

Update (22/12/2009)
Please note that the essay “Testing Network Services in Multimachine Scenarios” is now available for download (under Creative Commons license, by-attribution, non-commercial, share alike).

More about Beautiful Testing
Beautiful Testing, edited by Tim Riley and Adam Goucher. Copyright 2010 O’Reilly Media, Inc., ISBN 978-0-596-15981-8. Available at: http://oreilly.com/catalog/9780596159818/ All royalties from this book will be donated to the UN Foundation’s Nothing But Nets campaign.

More about ANSTE
ANSTE is a testing environment for advanced network services, mainly intended to automatize the integration tests of eBox Platform, furthermore it could be used to other similar purposes. ANSTE is released under the GNU General Public License (GPL) and the project’s trac and source code are available at: http://anste.ebox-platform.com