The launch of the new version of the Linux distribution NethServer 7.7, which is a distribution that stands out for offering a modular solution for rapid server deployment in small offices or medium-sized businesses. The distribution is based on the base of the CentOS 7.7 package and provides a web-based interface to manage the available server components.
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 7.7 Key New Features
In this new edition of NethServer 7.7 stands out the new user interface, built on the basis of the Cockpit and featuring a more modern design, has gone into beta testing and is included in the default delivery.
Pre-installed systems they can test the interface by installing the «Server Manager» in the Software Center. the interface provides tools to manage accounts, DNS, DHCP, FQDN, configure time, create backups, configure network, apply TLS encryption, administer the system, install applications, manage storage and SSL certificates.
It also stands out a new interface to configure a VPN, which allows you to evaluate the traffic of each tunnel, track the connection history of each user and quickly send the connection parameters by email. Through the interface, you can also define your own routes, change the UDP / TCP protocol, activate or deactivate the account.
The interface to manage the firewall has been completely redesigned the sections for defining rules for blocking connections, port forwarding, traffic reduction, and binding rules for a local or external interface
Another of the changes highlighted in the announcement is the new interface with statistics on blocking attempts to select passwords for sandbox services (using Fail2Ban).
Of the other changes that are mentioned in the ad:
- New panel with work statistics through Web Proxy.
- A new file server dashboard that visually displays the status of shared directories.
- A new backup and recovery management method that supports multiple backups;
- New panel for integration with NextCloud.
- The infrastructure deployment module for organizing collaboration based on the WebTop platform (Web Desktop) has been updated to version 5.7.3.
- New dashboard to monitor the status of uninterruptible power supplies.
- Additional system reports, including log data retrieval, DBMS, and services.
- New panel with Apache http server statistics.
- Nextcloud's cloud storage has been updated to version 16.0.5, and the messaging platform between Mattermost developers is available up to version 5.15.
Download and install NethServer 7.7
For those interested in downloading and testing this new version of NethServer 7.7, They should only go to their official website and in its download section you will find the links to download this Linux distro.
The size of the installation image is 1.1 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.