July 5th, 2008

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So, I'm reading more of the Microsoft propaganda...

And I'm bewildered and afraid of the complexities of the software .. and the organizations that might use it. I can appreciate that I haven't worked much for really big organizations, sure. I'm having a lot of trouble wrapping my tiny little UNIX-addled hackery brain around the scale and complexity of some of this stuff. And the fact that MS has seemingly implemented most (if not quite all) of the features of ISS's RealSecure (RSSP) product ... does not make me feel better.

So, Internet, what the hell do people at "real companies" do with their computers? What is the ratio of "servers" (however that might be defined) to users? Is there are rationality to this madness? How much back-end support does a desktop with Mail, Web, Office, IM, Filesharing require? Some users need other apps, and of course hackers and designers are more annoying to support in a managed environment, but I don't see that needing much infrastructure.

So, what am I missing here? If anyone cares, I've skimmed over the rest of the IPv6 masturbation and read over the new features in Active Directory Domain Services and Application Servers (which I barely understand the point of). And this is 70-646 Windows Server Administration, by title anyway.

It's really starting to sting that these folks have very different ideas about what Server and Operating system mean...

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All seriousness aside, if someone in a big company and/or a Microsoft shop can toss me a clue? It's going to get steadily harder for me to slog through this propaganda if there's no kernel of utility. FFS people this smells so bad it's got me defending UNIX here, help me out?
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