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

Posted by: Anonymous [ip: 204.249.105.251] on December 14, 2007 04:49 PM
I sympathize with you. I too am a long time Linux user in a Windows world. I have been in IT for over 10 years and have administered all the Microsoft stuff on the network side. As IT Manager, I too was faced with the desire to let go of MS, but I was afraid of cutting the chord, especially the AD cord. However, I now see that it can be done. Listen to the advice of those telling you to start by removing MS servers. Yes, that means eliminating AD convenience. For example, a user account will have to be created for each user on each server and changing the user password is a lot less convenient to do since it has to be done on each server independently. However, unless you have a real large number of users, this little inconvenience is worth it. There are directory service packages from FOSS friendly companies like Red Hat that you may want to look at as an alternative. They may even give you a deal if you contact them and explain your situation and the nature of your work. I would be surprised if they don't. You can keep a MS server or two for specific tasks, like the Avaya service, but file serving, print serving, web serving, email serving, should not be done from Windows.

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