Open Enterprise Server 2018 Support Pack 2 - Public Beta Now Available!


I hope you are staying safe and healthy during these challenging times.

The Open Enterprise Server 2018 Support Pack 2 (OES 2018 SP2) public beta is now live. You can download the build from here.

The key highlights of this release include:

Platform and Eco-system currency

The OES 2018 SP2 ships with SLES 12 SP5 and eDirectory version 9.2.1

File stack Security enhancements

Enhanced security through support for AES 256-bit encryption in NSS; Encrypted NCP traffic; Enforcing Multi-Factor authentication (MFA); OES logging(VIGIL) in Common Event Format(CEF);

File stack Performance enhancements

The CIFS stack on OES 2018 SP2 gets improved caching and support for SMB leases resulting in overall throughput improvement

File stack Usability enhancements

Improved storage usage reporting through support for thin provisioning in NSS

File stack AD Integration enhancements

The enhancements to NFARM on Windows allow you to manage both eDirectory and Active Directory rights; NFARM for Mac allows you to manage Active Directory rights
The improvement to the NURM tool allows you to schedule user mapping task

Cloud Integrated Storage (CIS) enhancements

Enhanced desktop experience through the introduction of Mac and Windows clients
Introduction of "Free Space Calculator" and "Storage Space Estimator" to give you an idea of storage requirement without actually moving the files across
The OES agents now also support checkpointed incremental volume scan

Domain Services for Windows (DSfW) enhancements

Schema and functional level support for AD 2016

iPrint enhancements

iPrint for OES is now called iPrint Advanced and is available as a pattern in the OES media for easy deployment and patching

Alongside OES 2018 SP2, the Client for Open Enterprise Server 2 SP5 beta is now available for download here.


For more, see OES 2018 SP2 beta documentation here and Client for Open Enterprise Server 2 SP5 beta documentation here.

It would be great to have your feedback before we ship the OES 2018 SP2 so that we can refine it further.

Leave a comment below if you like any feature or look for improvements in this release. Alternatively, you can write to me at


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