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Smart Partner: Unix Gets Grudging Respect [from MS Windows Services for Unix]

Jun 10, 2000, 04:08 (2 Talkback[s])

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"The world doesn't run on Windows. Believe it or not, Microsoft recognizes that-sometimes. The company's Windows Services for Unix 2.0 (SFU) program tries to make peace between NT/2000 servers and Unix servers. While not a complete success, it's not entirely bad, either."

"OK, so how does it really work on the road? ... On the Unix side, we had Red Hat Linux 6.1 and Caldera eServer 2.3 running on 233MHz Pentium II boxes with 128MB of RAM. Besides working with Linux, SFU also will run with Compaq's Tru64 Unix, 5.0 or higher; HP-UX, 10.20 or higher; and Solaris, 2.6 or higher. After a week of testing, we found that SFU worked well within its limitations."

"We found ourselves wishing that we had a real enterprise-management system. Frankly, neither Unix nor Windows has one of its own that we're happy with. For today-keeping in mind that on the Unix side you'll end up using traditional Unix administration tools, and you'll do the same on the Windows side-SFU does a good job of providing a single path to administering both operating systems from a single console."

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