I lead a double life.
I am a Windows System Administrator by day, and almost exclusively a Linux user by night (and weekends).
This lifestyle has its challenges, but they are well worth it. For example, in order for me to keep up to date on new features of new Microsoft products, I build a lab at home. This means that I end up, from time to time, having a “test” Windows Active Directory running at home. This usually comes in the form of converting my Linux file server to a Wndows DC, and tacking on File and Print. This prompts me to figure out the best way to set up AD integrated log on via LDAP, map Windows shares, and even to figure out how to manage the domain effectively using Linux.
I thought I’d write about this as a lot of people I’ve seen in the Linux world seem to mostly talk about one or the other. Not many people comment on how well they can inter-operate
With BYOD (bring your own device) a pending reality for a lot of organizations, more and more the understanding of how to integrate non-Windows operating systems, and devices into the domain will become a great knowledge to have. Let’s face it, as a Linux enthusiast even I know Windows is not going away.
To all the hardcores out there, I’m not saying embrace it, but have an open mind and at least understand it. I guarantee it’ll put you one step ahead of those who choose not to, when it comes down to it.