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Integrating Ubuntu with a Windows-based network is harder than it should be

Posted by: Anonymous [ip: 98.207.206.202] on December 13, 2007 11:53 PM
Logging into windows 2003 Login Server:

You say: "In Ubuntu you have to follow this guide, which is far from easy"

The same guide says "The SADMS package allows for automated joining to Active Directory through a GUI interface. http://sadms.sourceforge.net/" What was wrong with that?

Avaya PhoneManager:

Avaya PhoneManager not working with Wine really is not an Ubuntu problem at all. If Avaya doesn't see a market for it in Linux world, they have no motivation to make it work in any Linux distribution at all and it would be prudent to look for an alternative phone manager.

Setting up VPN:

Setting up VPN has always been a pain irrespective of operating system. Have you considered using Hamachi https://secure.logmein.com/products/hamachi/download.asp? If the terminal semantics are too much or undesirable, there is a GUI front end available at http://www.penguinbyte.com/software/ghamachi/ . Both work for me.

Summary:

You say: "But it would probably take me the best part of an afternoon to set up a new PC for a colleague to use Ubuntu, whilst it takes me about 30 minutes with a computer that has Windows XP pre-installed."

Isn't that just a tad skewed comparison? Setting up Ubuntu from a scratch to a clean machine versus tinkering with pre-installed Windows? Come on!

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