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  • Blog Post: "Essentials of Windows for UNIX developers" on-line course goes live!

    When discussing with CIOs and IT directors the idea of adding Windows to the set of platforms for which they develop custom line-of-business apps, one of the most common questions I hear is this: “I've got a team of 50 (or 150, or...) UNIX developers who've been doing that for ten years, or more...
  • Blog Post: Services For Unix 3.5 ships - and it's Free!

    I am totally stoked about seeing SFU 3.5 ship. I'm even more stoked about the price - zero. Yep, that's right, Microsoft is giving away "Services For Unix". Free as in "free beer". http://www.microsoft.com/windows/sfu has all the product stuff, but that's only half the fun. Take a gander at SlashDot;...
  • Blog Post: Four new UNIX Solution guides released

    Last Friday my team released the last of four guides planned to release by the end of 2003. (Hey, only a one-month slip isn't bad!) That brings the total number of guides in the area of UNIX migration and interop to 8. See the set of links at the left side of the screen to get there. My manager wrote...
  • Blog Post: Integrating Unix and Windows systems - authentication and authorization via Kerberos and LDAP

    While cruising the blogosphere to see who was saying what about the newly-released Services For Unix 3.5, I tripped across this post by Joseph Scott. It looks like one of his primary interests is setting up his FreeBSD system to pull Unix directory information out of AD. This is good news to me, since...
  • Blog Post: Why is there no X Server in Services For Unix?

    As I've been trolling blogspace for posts on the new Services For Unix, I've noticed one question coming up more than any other: “How do I turn on the X Server in this thing?” There is no X Server in Services For Unix. “But... How can it be Unix if it doesn't have X?” I...
  • Blog Post: Microsoft releases Solution Guide for integrating Unix systems with Windows for Authentication and Authorization

    As promised two weeks back, we finally got this out the door last week. Sorry I'm so late in letting everyone know; it's been a week of getting myself dug out from a sudden, unexpected trip to Boston and then to New York for LinuxWorld. Solution Guide for Windows Security and Directory Services for...
  • Blog Post: Migrating to Linux is far more expensive than expected

    Just read an article about the experience the City of Munich is having in migrating from Windows to Linux. Apparently, the migration project has run into some serious snags and cost overruns in the areas of secuity, compatibility, and stability. They're also getting hit harder than they expected for...
  • Blog Post: Turning a Unix App into a Web Service using SFU and .NET - Part 1

    For the last couple of years, the SFU and MSUM teams have shown a demo that takes a Unix application, ports it to Windows using Services For Unix, then turns the app into a COM server and into a Web Service. I've been trying to find the time to write the thing up through formal communications channels...
  • Blog Post: NetBSD adds support for SFU/Interix to its Packages tools

    See this OSNews.com report . The cool thing - over time, more and more packages can be easily downloaded, built and installed for SFU with one simple command.