* Posts by MickySlice

5 posts • joined 8 Jan 2015

Sysadmin told to spend 20+ hours changing user names, for no reason


Yes, let's bend over for every vanity project. To hell with any other important tech issues that arise.

Just because someone managed to blag their way to senior management, does not mean that they are qualified for the job.

Undertaking major changes to core systems on the whim of a boss is risky and sets a dangerous precedent.

I agree that the changes are do-able but if they don't want to engage in a proper project plan then be prepared for them to throw you under the bus the first chance they get.

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Re: Go ahead

That is all very true but the real issue is always the bottom line.

Let's face it, it's cheaper to hire Windows professionals over Linux AND Windows professionals.

If I wanted to deploy Chef/Puppet within an enterprise environment then I would want to make sure that it was done correctly and supported by competent engineers. Windows does a lot of this stuff already for a lower TCO.

I love a bit of UNIX but sometimes you need to be pragmatic when working with limited budgets.


Re: Go ahead

Without turning this into a contest, 30+ servers aren't really much to write home about.

The game changes when running enterprise IT systems when you are dealing with hundreds of servers and thousands of users. For all it's faults, Microsoft has a decent directory system that links very well with a lot of it's other products.

Now perhaps if a software house wanted to run purely Linux and had the expertise to deploy full Chef/Puppet orchestration then the argument may hold a bit of weight.

PS. I am not a fan of Hyper-V and much prefer VMWare.

'Fix these Windows 10 Horrors': Readers turn their guns on Redmond


Driver Hell

Microsoft's QA on patches has always been "interesting" but I'm not entirely against them streamlining the update process as part of Windows 10.

The one thing that really has bugged me is the forced driver updates though. Ignoring the NVidia sh*tstorm, I have had audio drivers (motherboard and GPU) forced on me that have botched my HDMI audio for my media PC. I understand Microsoft have now released a tool that can block updates but it doesn't seem to be working too well in it's current iteration.

Why do we need to have drivers forced on us? Surely as an attack vector it is pretty low down on the list?

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So many puns, so little time.


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