Zentyal is a tool to manage all your network services through one application can act as a Gateway, Firewall (UTM ) , Office Server , Infrastructure Server and Communications Server network . In the Virtual Conference FLISOL 2011 , José Antonio Calvo – Product Manager Zentyal Server , speaks Zentyal features , advantages , because it is more convenient than the products of their powers with direct reference to Windows Small Business Server , which provides latest news , etc ; was a fairly technical presentation I’m sure they will interest a lot, especially if you are thinking to implement a comprehensive management system for an SME .
Zentyal – The Linux server for SMEs
Sat , April 9, 2011
José Antonio Calvo
Zentyal Server Product Manager
By : IRC
Log of the IRC conference:
Moderator : beastieux
irc.freenode.net # flisol – virtual
( 16:23:47 ) beastieux : continue with presentations
( 16:24:25 ) mode ( + v _Josh_ ) by beastieux
( 16:24:46 ) beastieux : now
( 16:25:02 ) beastieux : I invite our next presenter
( 16:25:06 ) beastieux : who will speak
( 16:25:10 ) beastieux : on Zentyal
( 16:25:18 ) beastieux : http://www.zentyal.com/
( 16:25:23 ) beastieux : is the project website
( 16:25:36 ) beastieux : then I leave the word
( 16:25:56 ) beastieux : José Antonio Calvo
( 16:26:13 ) beastieux : speaking to Zentyal
( 16:26:24 ) _Josh_ Thank beastieux
( 16:26:25 ) beastieux : welcome Joseph!
( 16:26:34 ) _Josh_ : And thank you very much everyone for attending
( 16:26:51 ) _Josh_ : I am Jose Antonio Calvo , Product Manager Zentyal Server
( 16:27:15 ) _Josh_ : I will make a brief introduction, and then quickly move on to the questions
( 16:27:39 ) _Josh_ : because we could be talking at length , but as long we have is better than what we focus to satisfy your curiosities
( 16:28:08 ) _Josh_ : For those not familiar with the project ( formerly known as eBox Platform) , the web is http://www.zentyal.org
( 16:28:31 ) _Josh_ : Or as said beastieux www.zentyal.com also n this is the company that provides professional services around Zentyal ? (Subscriptions , support, etc. . )
( 16:29:00 ) _Josh_ : We may define Zentyal in many ways, but the definition that we like is ” Linux Small Business Server”
( 16:29:18 ) _Josh_ : That is, the Linux Server for Peque and Medium Businesses?
( 16:29:45 ) _Josh_ : The main objective is to enable the management of all network services SME simple , intuitive , and centralized
( 16:30:03 ) _Josh_ : managing it all from one point via a comfortable web interface
( 16:30:58 ) _Josh_ : While there are other products with some overlap certain functions , reference is probably Zentyal Linux servers as SMB , considering the features and completeness of usability
( 16:31:13 ) _Josh_ : But really our ” enemy” is Windows Small Business Server
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( 16:31:43 ) _Josh_ : That logically also drink a large market share
( 16:31:59 ) _Josh_ But Zentyal goes far beyond in terms of functionality
( 16:32:32 ) _Josh_ : By comparison , it would be the equivalent of Windows SBS + ISA Server / Forefront Exchange + + Additional solutions such as VoIP that are not included as standard in Windows Server
( 16:32:54 ) _Josh_ : As imaginareis if we add the cost of all these licenses the total price is extortionate
( 16:33:29 ) _Josh_ : Especially compared to Zentyal is absolutely free ( GPLv2 ) and anyone can download it, try it, adapt it to your needs, etc. . no charge
( 16:34:22 ) _Josh_ : The main features of Zentyal be an : Gateway / UTM Server, Network Infrastructure , Server Office / Groupware , and CommServe
( 16:34:53 ) _Josh_ : Est ? based on Ubuntu Server, although throughout this year and also will have packages for Debian, and in the future we plan to expand am ? s distributions
( 16:35:13 ) _Josh_ And integrates OSS components m s popular for the various network services that need an SME?
( 16:35:52 ) _Josh_ : eg for the default Samba domain n n Windows file and Sharing Center , for Squid Proxy, Zarafa as a substitute for Exchange, etc ?
( 16:36:35 ) _Josh_ : That said, if you have any questions or want to deepen m s on n alg enconcreto topic be ? ? happy to do
( 16:37:53 ) beastieux : we welcome your questions !
( 16:38:58 ) _Josh_ : also comment that in this network ( Freenode ) have IRC channels # and # zentyal zentyal -en ( in English and Spanish ol ? )
( 16:39:20 ) It beastieux : What potential problems do you think you can have when implementing zentyal is extremely easy and fast?
( 16:39:37 ) _Josh_ : Yes
( 16:39:51 ) _Josh_ : The goal has always been speed and simplicity in deployment
( 16:40:01 ) _Josh_ : But in each version tried to improve
( 16:40:41 ) _Josh_ : ? For example in the last n version ( Zentyal 2.0) we we add a few Wizards preconfiguration answering a few questions and I left most of the services running with a default configuration adapted to most of the scenarios
( 16:41:00 ) _Josh_ : For the next stable version ( 2.2), which will come out in September , hopefully still increase and improve your Wizards
( 16:41:09 ) _Josh_ : and the main goal will generally be to improve usability
( 16:41:24 ) _Josh_ : In addition, if instead of making a new installation, we are performing a migration
( 16:41:30 ) _Josh_ : For example from a Windows Server
( 16:41:44 ) _Josh_ : also have a tool called Zentyal AD- Sync
( 16:42:02 ) _Josh_ : To synchronize existing users of Windows to Zentyal , without having to manually adirlos ?
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( 16:42:24 ) _Josh_ : Also, I would like to highlight
( 16:42:36 ) _Josh_ : That Zentyal default settings , such as the Firewall
( 16:42:45 ) _Josh_ : They Safe default
( 16:42:55 ) beastieux : joer3l question: Is possible to bring the Zentyal web administrator or other distributions to use with an installation of Ubuntu?
( 16:42:57 ) _Josh_ : So do not expect the user to enter a rule to deny all inbound tr fico ?
( 16:43:18 ) _Josh_ : but this is denied by default and , then of course you can customize it ( without knowing iptables)
( 16:43:34 ) _Josh_ : Yes, Ubuntu is entirely possible
( 16:43:40 ) _Josh_ : There are two options
( 16:44:02 ) _Josh_ : Or download our official ISO , it really is a Ubuntu installer but including Zentyal automatically for comfort
( 16:44:09 ) _Josh_ : But also it can be installed without problem on an existing ubuntu
( 16:44:19 ) _Josh_ : there just to add our ppa to your / etc / apt / sources.list ?
( 16:44:37 ) _Josh_ : lucid main deb http://ppa.launchpad.net/zentyal/2.0/ubuntu
( 16:44:44 ) _Josh_ : and install it with apt- get install normally
( 16:44:50 ) _Josh_ : Although I have not said , Zentyal is completely modular
( 16:45:00 ) _Josh_ : And therefore we can choose to install modules ( each module is a package )
( 16:45:07 ) _Josh_ : This gives us enough flexibility
( 16:45:30 ) _Josh_ : We can also have multiple Zentyal if the company is fairly large or wants to separate for security
( 16:45:37 ) _Josh_ : for example one Gateway and one as a file server
( 16:45:49 ) _Josh_ : And there is support for architectural master / slave
( 16:46:04 ) _Josh_ : So that we can have a master Zentyal where we manage the LDAP users centrally
( 16:46:15 ) _Josh_ : and changes to all slaves are automatically replicated
( 16:46:32 ) _Josh_ ( each slave Zentyal can offer different services for the same users)
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( 16:47:20 ) _Josh_ : ah, forgiveness n
( 16:47:25 ) _Josh_ : and with respect to other distributions
( 16:47:39 ) _Josh_ : because as I say , over this or we will have to also n Zentyal packages in Debian ?
( 16:48:12 ) _Josh_ : for others to STILL no date , but of course , if there were people interested in contributing , we would be happy to work with them
( 16:48:35 ) _Josh_ : to be free, anyone can download the code and get to work and try to package it for Fedora , OpenSUSE or any other distribution
( 16:49:13 ) _Josh_ : I hope I have clarified your question
( 16:49:17 ) beastieux : While _Josh_ , companies need the support of your system will work well . On the corporate side , which is what is offered in terms of support zentyal ? , Which the company sells itself?
( 16:49:33 ) _Josh_ : good question
( 16:49:44 ) _Josh_ : Before I made the comparison with Windows Zentyal
( 16:49:57 ) _Josh_ : Windows licenses are very expensive and offer very little in return
( 16:50:13 ) _Josh_ : Zentyal may also have a cost , but is low compared to what is offered
( 16:50:21 ) _Josh_ : First we subscriptions
( 16:50:33 ) _Josh_ : They allow access to cloud services ( our product Zentyal Cloud)
( 16:50:56 ) _Josh_ : We have a subscription b music that is free (anyone can buy it at 0 cost in https://store.zentyal.com ) ?
( 16:51:16 ) _Josh_ : This subscription allows you to store backups of settings Zentyal Cloud
( 16:51:22 ) _Josh_ : and also includes a small set of basic or alerts?
( 16:51:49 ) _Josh_ : Then there are two commercial subscriptions, according to customer need
( 16:51:56 ) _Josh_ : Professional and Enterprise
( 16:52:51 ) _Josh_ : The Professional is focused on monitoring servers (provides a large set of alerts and generates beautiful PDF reports with useful information of machines )
( 16:53:04 ) _Josh_ : you can also monitor the status of all machines in real time
( 16:53:10 ) _Josh_ : CPU , temperature , etc.
( 16:53:26 ) _Josh_ : eg alerts and we can report when a service has stopped working , whether we’re running out of space, etc.
( 16:53:49 ) _Josh_ : The enterprise subscription includes everything in the Professional and also allows centralized MANAGEMENT n servers ?
( 16:54:16 ) _Josh_ : That is, remotely access the control panel of each of the servers from the same interface of Zentyal Cloud
( 16:54:23 ) _Josh_ : Updates package installations or mass
( 16:54:43 ) _Josh_ : O run any kind of work ( a script in any language ) on a specific machine in a group of machines, or all at once the
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( 16:55:06 ) _Josh_ : Besides the administrator can define their own work , a large body of work are supplied ready for use
( 16:55:19 ) _Josh_ : Like for example, to add a page to the whitelist proxy
( 16:55:47 ) _Josh_ : Although I have said that the main niche Zentyal are SMEs, also used in other environments such as schools and public administration
( 16:56:11 ) _Josh_ : Imagine that you are responsible for managing 20 schools
( 16:56:18 ) _Josh_ : each with Zentyal server
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( 16:56:48 ) _Josh_ : And teachers have wanted to filter in a category of proxy sites but want to allow specific web ( to add an exception ? )
( 16:57:02 ) _Josh_ : Zentyal Cloud could be done easily in the 20 servers at a time , with one click
( 16:57:16 ) _Josh_ : Well, that about subscriptions
( 16:57:29 ) _Josh_ : Then optionally also other services offered
( 16:57:49 ) _Josh_ : Support technician t (with 3 different levels as a function of response time) ?
( 16:58:16 ) _Josh_ : And others such as disaster recovery (backup data in the cloud) and automatic updates for antivirus , IDS rules , etc.
( 16:58:32 ) _Josh_ : All information on these services can be found at www.zentyal.com and https://store.zentyal.com
( 16:58:42 ) _Josh_ : And finally to answer your question
( 16:59:01 ) _Josh_ : We also have a training program
( 16:59:11 ) _Josh_ : With courses and certification exams
( 16:59:24 ) _Josh_ : And also for sale are the official manuals in English and Spanish ol in our store?
( 16:59:51 ) _Josh_ : I hope I have clarified , also any questions concerning these issues can be directed by email to firstname.lastname@example.org
( 16:59:57 ) beastieux : gonzalezmd Question : Interesting the part where you mentioned about Server office , on this point, I have seen some companies work using MS SharePoint . What options you propose ?
( 16:59:58 ) _Josh_ : Or use the contact form on our web
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( 17:00:44 ) _Josh_ : For office server , apart from n Sharing Center itself that Samba provides file for theme offer Zarafa Groupware
( 17:01:00 ) _Josh_ : In www.zarafa.com you can find more information about it
( 17:01:29 ) _Josh_ : This integrates email (both web as ” normal” for POP / IMAP, and also support Microsoft Active Sync protocol )
( 17:01:37 ) _Josh_ : and management of Contacts and Calendars
( 17:02:47 ) _Josh_ : Also worth noting
( 17:03:03 ) _Josh_ : That as Zentyal no longer be a normal Linux server , specifically Ubuntu
( 17:03:20 ) _Josh_ : is extremely easy to integrate other applications that do not come ” standard ” with Zentyal
( 17:04:17 ) _Josh_ : sean ERP , CRM, etc.
( 17:04:25 ) _Josh_ : or content management
( 17:04:36 ) _Josh_ : and is generally very easy to integrate with LDAP Zentyal
( 17:04:44 ) _Josh_ : sharing users
( 17:05:04 ) _Josh_ : this answer your question?
( 17:06:06 ) beastieux ::) , I think we have no more questions
( 17:06:25 ) _Josh_ : ok , anyway
( 17:06:39 ) _Josh_ : if you have any more , is available in our Forum http://forum.zentyal.org
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( 17:06:52 ) _Josh_ : And as I said before, on this same network ( irc.freenode.net ) channels are # and # zentyal zentyal -es
( 17:07:03 ) _Josh_ : n also can follow us twitter @ zentyal
( 17:07:33 ) _Josh_ : If there’s nothing else, I leave
( 17:07:35 ) beastieux : keep it in mind , thank you very much _Josh by participating in this event , the topic was very interesting …..
( 17:07:41 ) _Josh_ : Thanks again so much for the invitation and for the assistance !
( 17:08:08 ) beastieux : until next time ! , A huge greeting …
( 17:08:18 ) _Josh_ : And of course I invite you to download and try it Zentyal
( 17:08:21 ) _Josh_ : Greetings !