Ubuntu Domain Server
webceo123 at gmail.com
Tue Oct 20 09:17:36 UTC 2009
> On 20/10/09 15:24, Ryan Dwyer wrote:
> > Hi everyone,
> > What are your thoughts on having a server product that competes with
> > Windows Server? Something which has a GUI, is very easy to manage and
> > works best with Ubuntu workstations.
> > It could have benefits over Windows, such as:
> > - Ability to store disk images on the server, then boot workstations
> > with a live CD and image them in just a few minutes. That way your
> > workstation is already configured with the software your business uses.
> > - Ability to audit information automatically. Ubuntu workstations
> > could send the output of lshw and dpkg -l to the server, which keeps
> > track of it all. Auditing is important in every business. I don't know
> > of any automated way to do this in Windows without paying for third
> > party software.
> > - Ability to run commands on all/selected workstations, such as
> > installing new software. The server could connect to Ubuntu
> > workstations using SSH or through a network agent.
> > My theory is that people trying Ubuntu Server are probably Windows
> > administrators and find it daunting that there's no GUI. If they don't
> > turn away then, they turn away when they discover there's 48 chapters
> > of Samba documentation to read through just to get a functional domain
> > server. Very few administrators would see this as a viable replacement
> > for their Windows server.
> > I believe targeting this market is the key to having Ubuntu take over
> > the desktop. Businesses will use Ubuntu servers and workstations if
> > there are great benefits over Windows equivalents. This results in
> > everyday employees experiencing Ubuntu at work, which leads to Ubuntu
> > being used at home.
> > Someone created a wiki page with similar ideas but it appears to have
> > been abandoned: https://wiki.ubuntu.com/UbuntuDomainManagementServer
> > Please reply with your thoughts.
> > -Ryan
> I think this is a fantastic notion.
> I think that EduBuntu does most if not all of this.
> I think that if we could build a drop in Domain Controller that also
> speaks to Windows machines, we'd be on a winner.
> Many years ago (when I was still running Debian), I wrote an article
> about this: http://itmaze.com.au/articles/cio/
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