What are the right questions to ask?

Steve smorrey at gmail.com
Thu Jan 17 22:32:22 MST 2008


Yes that does help, alot actually thank you.

On Jan 17, 2008 9:23 PM, Nathan <kemotaha at gmail.com> wrote:
> On Thu, 2008-01-17 at 13:59 -0700, Steve wrote:
> > The person in charge of IT there is pretty technically proficient.
> > We were planning to test all the windows apps in wine first, but even
> > if they didn't work in Linux, they could keep the XP desktops and just
> > migrate the mail/file/print server.
> >
> > The big question is... Do they have anything running that they depend
> > on, that they aren't taking into consideration.
> > Thats pretty much my only worry with it.
> >
> > Linux isn't uber anymore folks.  My 10 year old niece runs it
> > exclusively on her laptop.  Her mother is the "sys-admin" for their
> > home.  Neither of these people are really "computer people".  My 70
> > something year old mother runs her Neuros OSD and even upgraded her
> > own firmware the other night, she called me and let me know... I'm so
> > impressed :)
> > My wife (who owns a Mac incidently), recommended to her girlfriend
> > that she ditch windows and install Linux.
> ...
> >
> > And a few minutes ago I even just found a tutorial on using gutsy as
> > replacement for a Windows Server 2003 Primary Domain Controller.
>
> A couple of things I need to pipe up on because I have been there and
> done that.  First off the mail server is the easy part.  In fact moving
> most of the server stuff takes planning but isn't too bad.
>
> However, If you have ever worked with Samba as a PDC.  It is not a
> trivial thing.  It takes a while to figure out.  There are tons of
> different configurations like using LDAP as a backend or using the flat
> files.  There are tutorials out there but there is always!!! something
> that comes up that the tutorial didn't cover.
>
> In addition, Samba can't not fully replace a windows 2003 environment.
> It is not there yet.  It doesn't fully use kerberos yet, which is
> central to Win2K3.  Now, it functions as a PDC great.  Just more like a
> Win2K one.  Samba 4 will be a replacement for Win2K3 and AFAIK it isn't
> out yet.
>
> Hope that helps.
>
> Nathan
>
>
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