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Linuxcare: How to Replace Windows NT with Linux

Apr 28, 2000, 07:01 (0 Talkback[s])
(Other stories by Dan Shearer)

"Most IT managers already understand the "why" of Linux and Open Source, and many are considering adopting Linux. Microsoft Windows NT network administrators are now facing a forced migration to Windows 2000. For many, however, a migration to Linux makes more sense. Careful planning is needed, however, in order to manage such a migration responsibly. How costly will such a migration be? How difficult? How time consuming?"

"This paper is about the "how" of Linux, concentrating on the challenges involved with migrating large and heterogeneous network environments. (If you need more on the "why" aspect, consult the papers and case studies at www.unix-vs-nt.org.) Replacing Windows NT is not always quick and easy (although it can be), but the return on a sound Linux investment is always worth the effort."

"A methodology is presented here which will help you plan a migration that causes minimal disruption while providing maximum functionality. Microsoft has attempted to complicate these tasks by closing once-open technologies ("embrace and extend" is what they call it). All they have succeeded in doing, however, is providing network managers an even stronger incentive to adopt Linux. In this paper you will find pointers to tools that allow truly open standards to be gradually deployed in a mixed Linux/NT environment, making it a simple step, when the time is right, to eliminate Windows NT altogether."

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