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

Is there anything more valuable for the growth of an innovative project than an inspired team? However, so that the inspiration can emerge, sometimes it is necessary to park the daily tasks for a moment and create the adequate conditions to let the creativity flow. It is in this spirit that we launch today Zentyal Labs, as a multidisciplinar creation point for Zentyal Team members.

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Danas je teško zamisliti da radite bilo šta na računaru, a da niste “online”. Bilo da se radi o poslu ili zabavi, bez interneta više ne funkcionišemo. U skladu sa tim, svaki prekid internet saobraćaja izaziva burnu reakciju korisnika, pogotovo kada ste administrator u velikoj firmi – telefoni se usijaju i iznenada shvatite da je baš u tom trenutku nepohodno da se pošalje važan mejl – HITNO! Naravno, objašnjenja da je kod provajdera došlo do prekida interneta i da ste nemoćni da bilo šta uradite, osim da svi strpljivo sačekaju, nisu prihvatljiva.

Dušan Ogrizović probleme sam rešio jednostavno – pomoću Zentyal. Ideja je da objedinim pristup internetu preko dva različita provajdera i na taj način svedem mogućnost otkaza saobraćaja na najmanju moguću meru, a istovremeno da povećam propusni opseg.

Read the full tutorial at Tech Blog. Thanks Dušan Ogrizović!

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En esta entrada de Un blog muy freak, el autor cuenta paso a paso cómo configurar el servidor Zentyal como Portal Cautivo. En el tutorial se incluyen screenshots y una breve explicación sobre qué es un Portal Cautivo, que puede resultar útil para aquellos usuarios que aún no estén familiarizados con el término.

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Thanks Alberto Mariscal for your contribution!

How To: Conectar usuarios Windows7 a Zentyal

June 18 2013

Source: Pauceri.com

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En este post, Pau Cedrón explica cómo ha desplegado un servidor Zentyal 3.0 para dar acceso a internet a los usuarios de una escuela. Para ello, ha configurado el servidor DHCP y DNS y el servicio LDAP con Zentyal y, posteriormente, ha configurado los equipos de los usuarios, que funcionan sobre Windows7, para que puedan unirse al dominio.

¡Visita su entrada Conectar usuarios Windows7 a Zentyal y aprende también a hacerlo!

¡Gracias Pau!