How to deploy Univention Corporate Server as a virtual machine


Are you looking for a simple and powerful versatile server for your business? Univention Corporate Server may be what you need. Jack Wallen explains the process of deploying UCS with VirtualBox.

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Univention Corporate Server is a great platform to deploy in your data center to meet many needs. This can be a domain controller, a chat server, an in-house cloud-based groupware solution, a kanban platform, your Nextcloud Hub installation, a server messaging and with a robust App Center, you can expand this server to be pretty much whatever you need.

But before it gets to the point where you install applications and users log into the various services, you must first deploy the UCS server. That’s what I’ll do here first. (In later tutorials, we’ll build on this foundation.) With the help of VirtualBox, we’ll deploy Univention Corporate Server.

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What you will need

For this to work, you will need the Univention Corporate Server Virtual Appliance for VirtualBox. You will also need VirtualBox running on a host with at least 4 GB of RAM. That’s it; let’s do some server magic.

How to create the virtual machine

We will start this process by importing the virtual appliance into VirtualBox. To do this, open VirtualBox and click File | Import the appliance. In the resulting window, click the folder icon to the right of File (Figure A).

Figure A


The appliance import window of the VirtualBox creation wizard

In the windows that appear, locate the .ova file that you downloaded from the Univention download page and click Next. In the next window (Number B), go through the settings and make sure they look correct.

Number B


The UCS Appliance Settings window for VirtualBox

There is one thing you will need to correct immediately. Double click on the RAM entry and change it from 2048 to 4096 (otherwise some apps will not install).

Click Import, and then, when prompted, click to accept the EULA. The import process will start and should end after a few seconds. Once the import is complete, select the SCU entry in the left sidebar and click Start. You will be greeted by the UCS configuration wizard (Figure C).

Figure C


The UCS Configuration Assistant is quick and easy.

Using the wizard, you will configure:

  • Language
  • Place
  • Network Information (Number D)
  • UCS Domain Configuration (select Create New UCS Domain)
  • Account information (organization name, email address for activation and administrator password)
  • Host parameters (FQDN and LDAP database)

Number D


Configuring Network Information for UCS

Once you have gone through the wizard, click Configure System. The process will take some time (because this is really the bulk of the installation). Once the configuration is complete, click on FINISH and a page will appear (Figure E) telling you how to access the web management interface.

Figure E


UCS installation and configuration are complete.

Open your browser and point it to https: // SERVER (where SERVER is either the IP address or the domain of your UCS installation).

And that’s all there is to deploying the Univention enterprise server through a VirtualBox VM.

Next time, we’ll find out how to deploy server with UCS.

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