[Samba] Linux and Samba vs WIN2K
mmaki at adelphia.net
Tue May 28 12:01:37 GMT 2002
First let me introduce myself. My name is Mike Maki. I work as an IT
specialist for a Federal agency, the National Park Service, in the Santa
Monica Mountains National Recreation Area in Thousand Oaks. I have attended
a few SCLUG meetings in the past at the old Nortel building but have not
been able to attend lately. I do watch this list closely and have gained
much from it.
So why am I writing this? In mid-July I will be representing my colleagues
from National Park Service areas in the western US and Hawaii at a meeting
where the subject will be "Information Management/Technology Strategic
Planning." My colleagues are individuals who work at the individual parks
(i.e. Yosemite, Mt. Rainier, Hawaii Volcanoes, etc.) that support the users
Here is my dilemma (or opportunity): As far as I know I am the only office
that is using Linux in the server environment. Everywhere else it's Windows
(NT4 or WIN2K), at least in the individual parks. There are a few NIX's for
some GIS stuff and www.nps.gov is Solaris.
My Linux environment is mostly Samba file serving and Apache for an Intranet
(with PostNuke Content Management). I still use an NT4 PDC for
authentication and DHCP. I support about 100 users. But here is where it
gets interesting. The National Park Service has been trying for the last
couple of years to create a single WIN2K domain across the country (and they
have had trouble). I have stayed away from this project primarily because I
started getting into Linux and secondly because I did not want to be forced
into the Microsoft upgrade path. Also, as many of you may know, Microsoft
has created a deadline, July 31 to purchase the upgrade licenses, and the
National Park Service will probably buy into it service wide. Now, to be
honest with you, I don't have a problem buying into the desktop licensing,
what I am afraid of is the server side licensing. If we buy into it I hope I
am not forced to give up Linux and use WIN2K.
This is where I need your help. Can you direct me to some sources or give me
advice on how I can argue using Linux as a viable alternative to the single
WIN2K domain or at least participate in the domain as if it were a WIN2K
server? My limited knowledge of WIN2K domains exist as either a mixed or
native mode. Any issues with Samba here?
I did see this great article IT Week published comparing Windows 2000 with
I guess I'm just looking for tid bits or sources of info to educate myself
and help promote Linux in our enterprise.
Thanks for your help!
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