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F1Senna 10-08-2013 01:48 AM

The impact of change from windows to linux in a domain environment research project
 
Hi there

I am currently doing a 4th year university research project on the impact of change from windows based technologies to linux (and UNIX/Unix like) technologies in an enterprise domain environment.

I am in the process of setting out the specification report for what my project will cover.

I would like to ask you guys, (the experts) for some advice on what I should look out for? What areas you think would be beneficial to look into? What the impact of change would have on a technical level and what impact it would have on the end user? I have split the end users into 4 groups; Administrative/technical staff, expert end users, normal end users and novice end users.

I have made no assumptions on what client OS each end user group would be using, but for the purpose of this question I would say mainly Windows client OS(s), with OSx spread out sporadically throughout each group and a minority of users using linux.

All advice is welcome, I would paticularly like to here from people that have been involved in migrating from windows to linux in a real life situation, and hear what your experience was like.

Thanks in advance

Thomas

John VV 10-08-2013 02:09 AM

in the backend and server area
no impact
Unix/linux was and is the most popular OS for servers

yes windows did make some headway into the server area but it is and was predominantly *nix world

now the Desktop area ....
that is a different matter

F1Senna 10-08-2013 02:15 AM

Thanks John, I work in futher education ICT in Scotland, almost all of the colleges I have worked in have windows based domains, one part of my project is to have one to one mapping with the currently installed windows domain, and windows based services. In your experience is this feasible without having much/any down time?

Another question I would like to put out there is for advice and recommendations on reading material, anything from books to academic journals to white papers.

John VV 10-08-2013 03:07 AM

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almost all of the colleges I have worked in have windows based domains,
i think you are describing the front " world facing" servers

I take it you are familiar with the MS history and how they killed "Netscape Navigator"
and won the desktop market and for a bit IE 4,5,and 6 needed web sites coded using microsoft code to be able to use that site

the history of having to write TWO versions of a web site -- those were "fun" days .keeping 2 versions of a site up to date .
one for MS's Internet Explorer ( IE ) 4, 5 or 6
and a second for everyone else in the world and for every other OS in the world
( yes it dose sound a little like a "conspiracy theory " )

That " pendulum " of change is now moving away from MS . IE 7,8,9 are now almost back to using ISO and w3c standards
so the "world facing" machines no longer NEED ,100% NEED, to be running windows server 2003,5,8,12,...

and that will free up servers so more "world facing" machines will be using a *nix OS than was needed to in the past because sites HAD to be useable by MS's IE .


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one part of my project is to have one to one mapping with the currently installed windows domain, and windows based services.
matching things up with Windows VS. Linux is going to be a bit tricky

a lot of end users use " user agent switcher "
i tend to be "google-bot" in server logs
or i look as if i am Win7 using IE9 ( there are a few IE only web sites , microsoft.com works better if the user agent is a MS os )


by "windows based services" are you referring to things like "Active Domain " or tools that REQUIRE the running of a Microsoft ONLY .exe program
like MS outlook or "blackboard" or DRM'ed electronic books that REQUIRE Microsoft's Silverlight or MS's .net framework



as to books and sites relating to
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on the impact of change from windows based technologies to linux (and UNIX/Unix like) technologies in an enterprise domain environment.
????
here, this forum

http://www.linux.com/
http://www.linux.com/directory/Books


http://www.linuxadvocates.com/
you ether like " Dietrich Schmitz " or you dislike " Dietrich Schmitz "

Phoronix
http://www.phoronix.com

maybe
HPC
http://www.admin-magazine.com/HPC/

maybe
http://www.ethicalhacker.net/
and
http://www.darkreading.com/

F1Senna 10-08-2013 03:55 AM

Thanks again John, very helpful. :)


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