Zentyal announces Zentyal Server 3.4, a new Linux Small Business Server release

March 18 2014

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(Full press release available in English, Spanish)

Zentyal Development Team today announced Zentyal Server 3.4, a new release of the Zentyal Linux small business server. Zentyal Server aims at offering small and medium businesses (SMBs) a native drop-in replacement for Windows® Small Business Server and Microsoft® Exchange Server, that can be set up in less than 30 minutes and is both easy-to-use and affordable.

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Zentyal Team is glad to announce that Mateo Burillo, Zentyal Training Manager, will deliver a 6-hour tutorial entitled “Deploying a native replacement for Microsoft® Exchange Server and Microsoft Active Directory® in your business with Zentyal” during the SambaXP 2014, the international Samba conference for users and developers taking place in Göttingen, Germany, from May 13 to 16. The tutorial will take place on May 13 and it will be held in English.

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Zentyal Team is happy to announce that Julio José Garcia, QA Engineer at Zentyal, will give a talk at the Free and Open Source Software Developers’ European Meeting (FOSDEM) that will be held in Brussels (Belgium) on the 1st and 2nd of February 2014. FOSDEM is one of the largest open source software developers’ events organized in Europe and it aims at offering a meeting place for open source communities to share ideas and collaborate.

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Forbes Guthrie, an infrastructure architect specializing in virtualization, has started a “four-part series of posts explaining how to install and configure a Linux-based appliance in your vSphere lab environment to take the role as a Windows Domain Controller“. Check out the articles where he is using Zentyal Server to build a Linux-based Domain Controller:

vReference: A Linux based domain controller

Thank you Forbes!

New Zentyal Server release policy

December 15 2013

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The Zentyal Team is glad to announce the New Zentyal Server Release Policy. New versions of Zentyal Server Community Edition, including new features, improvements and bug fixing, will be released in three-month intervals – always based on the latest available version of Ubuntu Server. Thus, Zentyal Community Edition effectively becomes the technology laboratory where new features are first being deployed. When these new features are deemed to be stable, they will be integrated in the Commercial Editions via Service Packs.

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Zentyal Team is glad to announce that we are looking for two C/C++ Developers to join our team based in Zaragoza, Spain. Are you into Zentyal, OpenChange and Samba? Are you results driven, motivated to work in a start-up environment and to change the world with open source? If yes, check out the positions and file in your CV as soon as possible!

More specifically, we are looking for one junior and one senior C/C++ Developer, who will develop Zentyal products and focus specially on the Samba and OpenChange integration. The candidates should have excellent knowledge of C/C++ and good knowledge on data structures, algorithms and networking skills (LDAP, Samba, etc.)

Zentyal launches the only native Microsoft Exchange replacement

October 10 2013

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Zentyal, developer of easy IT solutions for small business, has announced that it will be the first provider in the world to offer a native Microsoft Exchange replacement. The first Technology Preview of this solution was presented during Zentyal Summit 2013, held on 3 and 4 October, and it is freely available for download and testing starting from today. The first stable version of this implementation will be published as part of the Zentyal Linux Server in December 2013.

“Over 60% of the on-premise business mailboxes run on Microsoft Exchange Server. Starting from today, Zentyal is the only 100% compatible native alternative for these users” said Ignacio Correas, CEO of Zentyal, and continued “It’s a historic moment, not only because a second supplier has entered in the Exchange market, but because from now on there is guarantee of continued innovation and competition, which will enable end customers to always have the best solutions for their business.”

Since the discontinuation of the Microsoft Small Business Server product family, that included Microsoft Exchange Server, SMB customers have been left without viable alternatives to the on-premises mail server. Thanks to the solution offered by Zentyal, these companies can migrate their Microsoft Exchange servers transparently to fully supported Zentyal servers without any interruption or change for their users, because the Microsoft Outlook clients are unable to perceive the difference between one server or other. Besides the technical advantages, this new technology offered by Zentyal provides SMBs economic benefits, as it ensures an average of 50-85% cost savings when compared to Microsoft.

The technologies integrated by Zentyal –Samba4 and OpenChange– that make possible to offer an alternative to Microsoft Active Directory and Microsoft Exchange have been developed at accelerated pace since 2007 when Microsoft was convicted for abuse of its dominant position in the market by the European Commission and European Court of Justice. Due to a series of decisions, Microsoft was forced to release documentation necessary to develop compatible software solutions and it began collaborating with the developers of these alternative technologies.

“The technologies that enable native interoperability with Microsoft Active Directory and Microsoft Exchange protocols are mature and in use at enterprise level. However, thanks to the ease of use of Zentyal, these technologies are now put for the first time to the use of SMBs” said Julien Kerihuel, CTO of Zentyal and Founder of OpenChange. “Migrating a Microsoft Exchange server to Zentyal requires only completing three simple steps through a graphical interface. It is unique in the world.”

Channel opportunities

To reach the SMB market, Zentyal trusts on the distribution channel, on which the company bases its business model. “Partners are in a key position in our business strategy. This launch opens new business opportunities for the IT support and service providers and naturally, we offer their SMB customers the flexibility to choose which option best suits their needs” says Ignacio Correas, CEO of Zentyal.

Zentyal’s bet for a hybrid model does not oblige the customer to choose a pure cloud service. Since the discontinuation of Microsoft Small Business Server, there is a growing push to take the resellers to the cloud. However, the reality is that 85% of the Microsoft Exchange installations are not on the cloud. In addition, the on-premises server market is expected to continue growing, with 108 million new, non-cloud Exchange users in the next five years.

Zentyal offers the channel control over the technology through its commitment to the hybrid model, with more security and migration options. Thus, IT support and service providers can choose the alternative that best suits them and their customers.

Hispaweb Network, the first hosting provider to choose Zentyal

The first Technology Preview of Zentyal’s native Microsoft Exchange replacement has already started to harvest its first commercial successes. Proof of this is the agreement Zentyal has signed with Hispaweb Network, Spanish hosting provider, that has decided to bet on Zentyal to offer their SMB customers an alternative to Hosted Microsoft Exchange.

“Our goal is to achieve excellence in serving our customers,” said Juan Rojas, Technical Director of Hispaweb “and to that end, we will continue to always stay guided by a philosophy of continuous improvement and by providing the most innovative solutions.”

Hispaweb Network provides infrastructure services for professionals. The company specializes on dedicated servers, housing and virtualization solutions. Hispaweb Network offers their customers a wide range of solutions adapted to their specific needs, always backed by highly qualified technical support and services.

Features of the first Technology Preview

This first Technology Preview allows to configure Zentyal Server as an on-premise Microsoft Exchange Server replacement with only two clicks and assign users the most common Microsoft Exchange services just as easily. Users can access these services through a web interface, or continue to use Microsoft Outlook clients as usual without having to install any additional software or plug-in on their computers.

The first Technology Preview offers compatibility with Microsoft Outlook 2003 and preliminary access to calendars, contacts, mail and calendar via webmail. Since this is a native implementation of Microsoft Exchange, users can not distinguish if their Microsoft Outlook client is using Microsoft Exchange Server or Zentyal.

To test this first Technology Preview, you can find the detailed instructions on the following address:
http://laboratory.zentyal.org/install-configure-zentyals-technology-preview-of-native-ms-exchange-replacement/

The first stable version of this implementation will be published as part of the Zentyal Linux Server 3.3 in December 2013.

More information

Video “Zentyal: Microsoft Exchange Replacement” (Commercial Overview) by Ignacio Correas, CEO, Zentyal
http://youtu.be/jciPmkn2XmI

Video “Zentyal: Microsoft Exchange Replacement” (Technical Overview) by Julien Kerihuel, CTO, Zentyal
http://youtu.be/0wofpK5ux7Y

Instructions (video, slides, how-to) for downloading and configuring this Technology Preview
http://laboratory.zentyal.org/install-configure-zentyals-technology-preview-of-native-ms-exchange-replacement/

Zentyal announces Zentyal Server 3.2, major new Linux Small Business Server release

September 19 2013

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Zentyal, developer of easy IT solutions for small business, today announced Zentyal Server 3.2, a major new release of the Zentyal Linux small business server. Zentyal aims at providing small and medium businesses a native Microsoft-compatible, all-in-one IT backoffice that can be set up in less than 30 minutes and is both easy to use and affordable, adapting painlessly to the business needs as they evolve.

“Zentyal is one of the few vendors worldwide to integrate the complex Samba technologies – that guarantee native interoperability with Microsoft Active Directory – together with over 30 other leading open source technologies into an easy-to-use server solution within the reach of small and medium businesses” said Julien Kerihuel, CTO of Zentyal, and continued “At a moment when leading manufacturers are pushing SMBs to the cloud independently of their needs, security concerns and connectivity issues, Zentyal Server offers a drop-in alternative to the existing solutions and gives SMBs the chance to choose their network infrastructure”.

The single most important improvement Zentyal Server 3.2 introduces is greater integration of the Samba technology, meaning that it is now possible to introduce Zentyal Server transparently on a Windows environment, migrate network services and users easily to Zentyal and then turn off unnecessary or unsupported Windows servers without causing any inconvenience to the users. Zentyal Server 3.2 also supports Group Policy Objects (GPOs) and Organizational Units (OUs) for the most important modules.

Furthermore, Zentyal Server 3.2 offers greater security by securing mobile communications to the private company resources out of the box without having to install any additional software on the mobile or remote devices. Moreover it comes with a new Intrusion Prevention module, that not only detects and alerts on the potential intruders trying to gain access to the corporate network, but also prevents and blocks potentially malicious software and connections. In addition, significant improvements have been made in the graphical user interface (GUI) of Zentyal Server to make it much faster and even easier to use.

The Zentyal Summit 2013, to be held on the 3rd and 4th of October in Zaragoza, Spain, offers an excellent opportunity to learn more from the Zentyal Server 3.2 release. The event, to be held under the slogan ‘Keep Calm and Go Hybrid‘ will focus specially on how to seamlessly replace Microsoft Active Directory and Microsoft Exchange based solutions and what alternatives allow SMBs to keep their local IT infrastructure, while adapting cloud-solutions according to their needs. The event is free of charge and will be transmitted on-line, but registration is compulsory.

Technical features

Zentyal Server 3.2 offers greater Samba integration, featuring support for Group Policy Objects (GPOs) and Organizational Units (OUs) in the Samba, Proxy, Mail and Zarafa modules. It also comes with improved security guaranteeing safe mobile communications due to the integration of L2TP support in the IPsec module and new Intrusion Prevention module based on Suricata. Significant usability improvements – such as migration from JavaScript Prototype framework to jQuery, Single Click Support to enable modules and dependencies, Headless mode, etc. – have taken place as well, making Zentyal Server GUI much faster and easier to use.

New features and improvements include:

  • New base distribution: Ubuntu 12.04.03 Long Term Support, featuring a new Linux 3.8 kernel and providing the last updates for all the packages and services managed by Zentyal
  • Unified style and usability across the GUI, featuring Drag and Drop support to move table rows, Single Click Support to enable modules and their dependencies and icons
  • Integration of the latest Samba 4.1 release
  • Completely new Users and Computers interface based on a Tree view, including support for multiple Organizational Units for Samba, Proxy, Mail and Zarafa modules
  • New mode that allows to authenticate against an external Active Directory server
  • Initial GPO support for login/logout scripts
  • New IPS module
  • L2TP support in the IPsec module
  • Faster Zentyal administration interface
  • New headless (remote administration only) installation in the expert mode
  • Faster boot due to better management of daemons
  • Easy upgrade from an existing Zentyal Server 3.0 installation

Availability

Zentyal Server 3.2 is released under the GPLv2 license and is freely available for download at:
http://www.zentyal.com/download/

The Zentyal Server source code is available at:
https://github.com/Zentyal/zentyal/

Additional information

The detailed Zentyal 3.2 release announcement is available at:
http://trac.zentyal.org/wiki/Document/Announcement/3.2

The full change log from Zentyal 3.0 to 3.2 is available at:
http://trac.zentyal.org/wiki/Document/Changelog/3.2

The official Zentyal 3.2 documentation is available in English and Spanish at:
http://doc.zentyal.org

Featured Zentyal 3.2 screenshots are available at:
http://www.zentyal.org/server/#server-screenshots

Program and registration for ‘Zentyal Summit 2013 – Keep Calm and Go Hybrid’:
http://summit.zentyal.com