Integrating Ubuntu with a Windows-based network is harder than it should be
Posted by: Anonymous
on December 14, 2007 02:25 PM
While I echo some of the comments about MS is set up to prevent interoperability, and it has been demonstrated in court, I think the crux of the matter is the statement of trying to integrate an Ubuntu machine into a Windows network.
First, Ubuntu is not the only or necessarily best Linux distro out there. many distros are "geared" to fill certain niches, so trying out different istros may help you find some ready-made tools not in other distros.
More importantly, you refer to your network as a windows network..
Coming from an old LAN tech POV, NO network should ever be described a s solely relying on one vendors protocols, etc for operability. This limits the extendability of the network and closes off future integration based on tech development which is ALWAYS in flux.
One of the best things to come with the advancement of GNU/Linux is the idea of open standards.
By basing your network and operations on open standards, rather than proprietary, single source vendor standards, you open your network to growth and easier interoperability. For example, instead of saving documents as MS .doc, you save them as pdf or open document format, allowing for a variety of wordprocessors to use the same documents.
NFS is not really that hard but is really only beneficial in Linux/Unix only environments. SMB (SAMBA in Unix/Linux) is much more "open" and flexible for using across a network with a variety of hosts using different OS's. Not necessarily "easier" to set up, but it allows for a broader spectrum of users.
I come from a background trained as a Novell tech, back when MS was still in DOS and early 3.1 stages. In every shop I worked in, those with the most experienced Admins insisted on keeping networks as "open" as was possible and allowable. They knew back then that while proprietary systems come and go and OS systems change as the seasons, networks need to stand their ground and stay as flexible as possible to weather those changes.