Which Server Is Best To Serve?

Today Wayne asks:

At work i run a windows network with 112 workstations with a windows 2000 server (Active Dir). been toying with the idea of using a Linux Server instead.. but it does not seem to afford the power of managing profiles they way 2000 server does........ is there any work around this that will give me the power of a full domain system with Linux server?

As much as this may surprise you, I generally prefer to keep things pure. So if you have a working Windows network, I can’t see a lot of benefit in adding or replacing a server with Linux server in that network. For my money and time, I would just look at one of the existing Microsoft options if getting things up to date is a consideration. Otherwise, why add a potential problem where there currently is none. If this was a web server, that would be one thing. But this sounds like something local.

As for the Lockergnome community, they may have some ideas to take this even further. Perhaps specific recommendation that counters my own. So with that, let’s see what the community thinks.

Do you have an IT-related question? Perhaps you are just burnt out on writing on the walls with crayons? Whatever the comments may be, drop me a line, and you too can “Just Ask Matt!”

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  • Gabor

    All the functions of a Windows 2000 server can be replaced by non Windows servers. If your system is strictly tied to Active Directory, you can consult some Linux experts about how to migrate to the Linux alternative.
    The question is whether you really need all the features of Active Directory or not. If not you can tomorrow start planning the migration.
    There are a lot of system management softwares for Linux. Look around at Novell (http://www.novell.com/management/), at RedHat or IBM.

  • http://twitter.com/AdictoARedbull Adicto a Redbull

    There is no use to “suffer” the transsition from windows server to linux server. Even if with the potential increase of performance, it’s not worth it.