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 .
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
on the impact of change from windows based technologies to linux (and UNIX/Unix like) technologies in an enterprise domain environment.
here, this forum
you ether like " Dietrich Schmitz " or you dislike " Dietrich Schmitz "