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Life On the Edge: Mac OS X and Enterprise SAMBA. Life On the Edge: Mac OS X and Enterprise SAMBA. Background What is SAMBA?. The GC Computing Environment. Clients: PC’s, Macs, Linux Novell File & Print Services Netscape/iPlanet Mail and Directory Server Steltor CorporateTime

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the gc computing environment
The GC Computing Environment
  • Clients: PC’s, Macs, Linux
  • Novell File & Print Services
  • Netscape/iPlanet Mail and Directory Server
  • Steltor CorporateTime
  • Apache Web Server
  • Blackboard 5 Course Management
  • GC Online Web Portal
  • Dial-up Internet Access
  • CMDS/Jenzabar Teams Elite
free open source software at gc
Free/Open Source Software at GC
  • Linux
  • PHP
  • Apache
  • SAMBA
  • Netatalk
  • Big Brother
  • Snort
  • DNS
  • DHCP
  • Majordomo
  • Webmin
  • PHP/Slash
  • Webalizer
  • HT-Dig…….
free open source sw strategic
Free/Open Source SW = Strategic
  • No licensing hassles
  • Superior quality (often)
  • Superior support (often)
  • Open Standards (truly)
  • Increasing Value Proposition
  • Customer-driven solutions
  • Proprietary solutions must add value
incentive to migrate2
Incentive to Migrate
  • Novell
  • Novell + Macs = Headache
incentive to migrate3
Incentive to Migrate
  • Novell
  • Novell + Macs = Headache
  • Novell + Windows ME = More Headaches
incentive to migrate4
Incentive to Migrate
  • Novell
  • Novell + Macs = Headache
  • Novell + Windows ME = More Headaches
  • Server Platform Consolidation
incentive to migrate5
Incentive to Migrate
  • Novell
  • Novell + Macs = Headache
  • Novell + Windows ME = More Headaches
  • Server Platform Consolidation
  • Directory Consolidation
incentive to migrate6
Incentive to Migrate
  • Novell
  • Novell + Macs = Headache
  • Novell + Windows ME = More Headaches
  • Server Platform Consolidation
  • Directory Consolidation
  • File System Consolidation
incentive to migrate7
Incentive to Migrate
  • Novell
  • Novell + Macs = Headache
  • Novell + Windows ME = More Headaches
  • Server Platform Consolidation
  • Directory Consolidation
  • File System Consolidation
  • 4 years of experience with SAMBA
incentive to migrate8
Incentive to Migrate
  • Novell
  • Novell + Macs = Headache
  • Novell + Windows ME = More Headaches
  • Server Platform Consolidation
  • Directory Consolidation
  • File System Consolidation
  • 4 years of experience with SAMBA
  • $$$
opportunity to migrate
Opportunity to Migrate
  • SAMBA 2.2/TNG
  • Linux 2.4
  • Budget Crunch
barriers to migration1
Barriers to migration
  • Social/Political Barriers
barriers to migration2
Barriers to migration
  • Social/Political Barriers
  • Technical Barriers
choices we ve made
Choices We’ve Made
  • Combination of SAMBA 2.2/TNG
  • XFS Journaling file system
  • MS DFS Optional
  • WebMin
what we ve learned
What We’ve Learned
  • We’re about a year ahead of the curve.
  • Windows 2000 is the optimum PC client.
  • XFS is cool.
  • DFS may eventually be cool
  • It’s taking longer than I’d hoped.
mac os x
Mac OS X
  • Released March 26, 2001
  • Now at version 10.0.4
  • Possible 10.1 at MacWorld NY
  • Many, but likely not all, major apps due at MacWorld NY
incentive to migrate9
Incentive to Migrate
  • UNIX underpinnings
  • More enterprise-friendly
  • Better network performance
  • Better graphics
opportunity to migrate2
Opportunity to Migrate
  • Macs at GC are special-use machines
opportunity to migrate3
Opportunity to Migrate
  • Macs at GC are special-use machines
  • Low expectations from the user community
opportunity to migrate4
Opportunity to Migrate
  • Macs at GC are special-use machines
  • Low expectations from the user community
  • Targeted applications
    • iMovie/Final Cut Pro
    • Photoshop/Illustrator
    • Dreamweaver/Fireworks
    • Quark
opportunity to migrate5
Opportunity to Migrate
  • Macs at GC are special-use machines
  • Low expectations from the user community
  • Targeted applications
    • iMovie/Final Cut Pro
    • Photoshop/Illustrator
    • Dreamweaver/Fireworks
    • Quark
  • Dual Boot Option
barriers to migration4
Barriers to Migration
  • No Netware Support, yet.
barriers to migration5
Barriers to Migration
  • No Netware Support, yet.
  • Weak LDAP Support. NetInfo is it.
barriers to migration6
Barriers to Migration
  • No Netware Support, yet.
  • Weak LDAP Support. NetInfo is it.
  • Lack of Native/Carbonized Applications
barriers to migration7
Barriers to Migration
  • No Netware Support, yet.
  • Weak LDAP Support. NetInfo is it.
  • Lack of Native/Carbonized Applications
  • Network issues with ‘Classic’ Apps
barriers to migration8
Barriers to Migration
  • No Netware Support, yet.
  • Weak LDAP Support. NetInfo is it.
  • Lack of Native/Carbonized Applications
  • Network issues with ‘Classic’ Apps
  • Netatalk glitches
choices we ve made1
Choices We’ve Made
  • XFS
  • Sharity - Free SMB client
  • LPR
  • Mac OS 9 functionality
  • Dual-boot
what we ve learned2
What We’ve Learned.
  • The Good
    • Mail
    • Stability
    • Elegance
    • Network Speed
    • Very functional out of the gate
what we ve learned3
What We’ve Learned.
  • The Good
    • Mail
    • OS Stability
    • Elegance
    • Network Speed
    • Very functional
    • Backward Compatibility
  • The Bad
    • Weak LDAP support
    • Some App Instability
    • Rough edges
    • Finder Speed
    • Functionality gaps
    • ‘Classic’ limitations