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IT Manager's Journal: Migration from Windows to Linux Saves Thousands

Jan 14, 2004, 20:30 (5 Talkback[s])
(Other stories by Ryan Benner)

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"Nearly three years ago I rebuilt my company's corporate network, comprising six geographically dispersed offices and approximately 300 users, using a budget smaller than what most system administrators and IT managers make in a year. Our migration to Linux servers and software was a success, and offers a lesson for other administrators.

"When I began, I had quite a mess on my hands, and I don't mean the kind that our company, a maker of water treatment products and services, was accustomed to cleaning up. I encountered problems such as not enough memory for the servers to run their services and not enough hard drive space to accommodate growing data needs. We did not have enough licenses to support our company user base, and Microsoft was contacting us to request we update our licenses and become compliant. I was also experiencing unplanned down time at least once a week, and suffering with an inadequate backup system, a shaky T-1 line, and no security ? not even a firewall. Our company lacked a single corporate email system; out of 300 users, approximately 50 were using Exchange Server; the other 250 were using AOL or another ISP..."

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