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Aug 29, 2001, 22:03 (7 Talkback[s])
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"As IT budgets contract, many Windows administrators are being asked to manage mixed-mode environments. Often, they have to make antagonistic operating systems, such as Linux and Windows, play well together. In search of tips that would help administrators avoid common heterogeneous infrastructure and standards administration blunders, searchWindowsManageability recently interviewed Mike Wilkinson, director of product management for Orem, UT-based Caldera's Volution management software suite.

sWM: Which is harder to manage, Linux or Windows? Why?
Wilkinson: For the most part, Linux and Windows both have similar challenges. The only reason I would say that Linux is harder to manage today is that there are fewer trained Linux administrators. When you compare the small base of Linux-trained administrators to the phenomenally growing installed based of Linux servers, there's a huge mismatch. So Windows administrators, with little experience in dealing with Linux technology issues, are being forced into managing these Linux servers. Trying to get up to speed in that situation is causing a problem.

sWM: What are common mistakes that IT managers make when setting up management infrastructures for heterogeneous environments?
Wilkinson: IT managers need to choose scalable technologies that are based on open standards, and select products that are extensible. If an enterprise-level customer is trying to incorporate a new standard into its environment, but doesn't have a feasible approach to doing so, it hasn't planned for extensibility. That customer would then be forced into a sticky situation of having to either rewrite its current products or forego the implementation of the new standard because it isn't able to extend its current products to accommodate it."

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