NethServer 7.9 arrives based on CentOS 7.9, blocking DNS queries and more

Recently the launch of the new version of the distribution "NethServer 7.9", what is characterized by offering a modular solution for rapid server deployment in small or medium-sized offices.

The distribution builds on the base of CentOS 7.9 package and provides a web interface for managing the available server components. To see available interface capabilities, online demo. The developments of the project are distributed under free licenses.

The user is offered modules ready to organize the server operation mail (Postfix, Dovecot, Amavis, ClamAV + Roundcube web client), collaboration system (SOGo), firewall (Shorewall), web server (LAMP), file server and domain controller Active Directory (Samba), filtering proxy (Squid, ClamAV and SquidGuard), VPN server (OpenVPN, L2TP), cloud storage (ownCloud), intrusion detection and prevention systems.

The interesting thing about NethServer is that the installation process and the commissioning of the required service is done with just one click and does not require knowledge of the configuration characteristics of each component of the server. Typical administration work can be done through the web interface.

Of the main characteristics of this distribution is that your organization is carried out through a modular system, which allows adding new functions through plugins or additional software according to our needs.

NethServer 7.9 Key New Features

This new version of the distribution as mentioned at the beginning based on CentOS 7.9, with which most of the characteristics are the same.

Regarding the changes that differ, we can find that delivery of the old NethGui interface was discontinued (Server Manager), which was replaced by a user interface built on the basis of Cockpit and offering a more modern design.

NethGui no longer shipped by default, but it can be installed from the Software Center. The new interface runs on network port 9090, but the CGP (Collectd Graph Panel), EveBox, Rspamd UI, Lightsquid, and Ntopng applications remain available on port 980, regardless of the interface selected.

Untrusted encryption algorithms are disabled by default in SSH. By default, support for TLS 1.1, TLS 1.0, SSL v3, and SSL v2 is disabled.

Threat Shield now supports DNS query blocking using blacklists of domain names (previously, blocking was done using IP addresses).

By default, the Netdata monitoring agent is installed, from which graphs are generated that reflect the activity of the web proxy (squid), mail server (postfix) and firewall.

Added a new panel to synchronize mail via IMAP when migrating an account from an external server to NethServer.

Added an option to disable SIP-ALG, due to problems with forwarding through the Shorewall firewall and the SIP and H.323 protocols

And we can also find the updated versions of NtopNG 4.2, Nextcloud 20.0.1, Rspamd 2.5 and Asterisk 13.37.1, as well as the following modules:

  • dokuwiki
  • roundcubemail
  • SOGo 5.0.1
  • Bareos
  • Speech
  • dolibarr
  • Sympa
  • Pihole 1
  • Zabbix
  • Moodle 3.9.1
  • MeshCentral
  • Wapt

Of the other changes that stand out:

  • In new installations, users belonging to the wheel group now have SSH and SFTP access.
  • Mattermost DB has been updated to PostgreSQL 12.
  • DAHDI tools and the kernel module are no longer installed by default as part of the nethserver-freepbx package.

If you want to know more about it about this new version, you can check the details in the following link.

Download and install NethServer 7.9

For those interested in downloading and testing this new version of NethServer 7.9, They should only go to their official website and in its download section you will find the links to download this Linux distro.

The link is this.

The size of the installation image is 1,2 GB. In addition, it is also provided an online demo to familiarize yourself with the capabilities of the NethServer interface. Project achievements are distributed under free licenses.

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