The roadmap of the new Zentyal 3.2 release is closed and the 3.2 code freeze is planned for June 15. This means that we have one year ahead to think about how we want the 4.0 version to look like. Do you want to participate from the start by contributing ideas and code for the development? We are glad to announce a new communication channel to increase the interaction between Zentyal users and Zentyal Development Team: ‘Zentyal The Gathering’ meetings!

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How To: Set up a VPN on your Zentyal small business server

May 27 2013

Source: TechRepublic

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Here you have a great tutorial on how-to set up a VPN on your Zentyal small business server! With this portion of the server set up, your users will be able to gain remote access to all of the features on the server. Please take into account that the tutorial assumes you already have Zentyal Community Edition up and running. Thanks to Jack Wallen at Tech Republic!

VPN server listing with your new server in place

Zentyal is glad to announce that it will be present at SambaXP 2013, the international Samba conference for users and developers taking place in Göttingen, Germany, from May 14 to 17. A talk entitled Challenges and Experiences of the Samba 4.0 Integration in Zentyal will be held by Samuel Cabrero, developer at Zentyal, within the track 2 on May 16 at 10:45h. Julien Kerihuel, CTO of Zentyal, will also be attending this event and discuss the progress and ecosystem of the Open Source OpenChange project he has funded and lead for the past decade.

Zentyal Team is excited to participate in the Samba XP! As you might know, Zentyal Server 3.0 integrated Samba 4.0 with the aim of providing a full replacement for the Windows Server Active Directory and make the migration procedure from Windows servers to Linux servers easy. The event offers a wonderful opportunity to meet the Samba Team, learn from other projects integrating Samba and continue building links between the different development teams.

Integration of Samba 4.0 in Zentyal 3.0 rose some technical challenges, mainly related to keeping OpenLDAP and Samba4 databases synchronized and how Samba 4.0 was integrated with the rest of the Zentyal modules, for example, DNS and DHCP with dynamic DNS updates. In this technical presentation, Cabrero will expose how Zentyal solved these issues.

During the presentation, Cabrero will also explain how thanks to Samba 4.0, Zentyal can be integrated into existing Active Directory domains so Linux based services can be deployed within Microsoft environments (additional file server, Kerberos authentication for HTTP proxy and Mail server, etc).

Zentyal 3.2 Beta | First Zentyal 3.2 beta installer and packages available!

May 8 2013

Categories: Community · Highlighted · News · Releases


Zentyal Development Team is glad to announce the next stable Zentyal server release (Zentyal 3.2) is one step closer: the first beta Zentyal 3.1 packages and installer are available! This new installer and packages come already with some new features: new IPS module, L2TP support in the IPsec module, faster Zentyal administration interface, new headless (remote administration only) installation in the expert mode and faster boot due to better daemons management.

The new installer, for both 32- and 64-bit architectures, is available at the Beta Downloads Page. It is also possible to install the 3.1 packages on an existing Ubuntu Server 12.04 following the instructions on the Installation Guide. The highlights of this new release are:

  • Improved Samba4 integration: GPO support, external AD authentication/SSO, Contacts and Distribution lists support and Multiple OU support via Zentyal UI.
  • Improved user experience and better support in disaster recovery scenarios: improved UI responsiveness, JQuery UI and MySQL backup.

So now it is time for your feedback and bug reports through the Forum and Trac. Zentyal Team greatly appreciate your help in testing this version in order to make Zentyal 3.2 the best release ever!  Please remember that Zentyal 3.1 is a beta version and it is not intended for production environments. The stable version of Zentyal 3.2 will be released in September 2013.

Zentyal Development Team is glad to announce that the definitive development roadmap for the next stable Zentyal server release (Zentyal 3.2) has now been published. Zentyal 3.2 will run on Ubuntu Server 12.04 LTS (Precise Pangolin) and it will be released in September 2013. The 3.1 branch code freeze is expected on June 15th.

Zentyal 3.2 will primarily improve the current features of Zentyal Linux small business server, focusing specially on improving the Samba4 integration. In short, the main features that will be introduced are GPO support, external AD authentication/SSO, Contacts and Distribution lists support and Multiple OU support via Zentyal UI. You can find the detailed roadmap soon at trac and give any feedback on the roadmap in the Forum.

In addition, Zentyal 3.2 comes with important improvements in Zentyal core, user experience and better support in disaster recovery scenarios: improved UI responsiveness, JQuery UI and MySQL backup. Moreover, this new release will come with IPS integration, L2TP support for mobile connectivity and support for headless installation.

So, a great release is coming up and the first beta will be out very soon (with IPS, L2TP, UI responsiveness improvements and headless installation). Stay tuned to join the Zentyal Beta Testing Team to make this the best Zentyal release ever!

Zentyal Team is glad to announce that an updated version of the Zentyal module development tutorial (for Zentyal 3.0) has now been published in the community wiki. The tutorial offers an easy-to-follow, practical guide for developing new Zentyal modules and extending the existing features.

If you would like to get started, but are not sure what module might prove popular, take a look at http://ideas.zentyal.org This tool has been set up to make it easier to submit, vote and track ideas for Zentyal server development. You can pick any idea from here and get started!

If you have any feedback or questions, please let us know through Zentyal Forum or Development Mailing List.