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Now, I have one last suggestion. On a Windows machine, an AD is setup with a simplistic wizard, where standard AD questions get asked. It seems that such a wizard might be a good idea - even if at the end the wizard advised where to make additional changes. (This might give you a leg up in selling to Windows ops)
To some degree, this is where the vendors like ClearOS and SMB Server come in. They attempt to wrap up the AD (Samba) functionality in a neat package with easy to use "wizards" and whatnot to make something that a reasonably good (ie., non-guru) admin can set up. This is one of the things I'm trying to research now.
You do realize that many enterprise storage servers made by companies like IBM, Symantec, EMC, Dell etc. are or have been based on Samba code, right ?
Nah, probably not...
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Actually, this is a question I just got from some of my IT friends: A lot of smaller shops are (perhaps justifiably) hesitant to custom build a Samba4 based AD server, but they would be happy to run a nicely boxed solution like ClearOS or FreeNAS or some of the other "enterprise storage servers" like you mention.
My question is, has anyone gathered a list of what Linux savvy solution providers are planning to move to Samba4?
Back in July, I made a partial list for a presentation I was doing on Samba4 at a technical conference. I don't know if this list is still accurate, or if more vendors have been added, but it's a starting point:
- Restara Server (AD replacement – recent Samba beta)
- ClearOS 6.x
- The ZEG (Zero Effort Groupware) edition of SOGo
- SerNet Samba 4 Appliance
- OpenChange (Open Source Exchange replacement)
- Zentyal 3.0 Beta
Also, the greater the amount of data, the longer it's going to take to look through it. You can only do so much with key words and indexes. This is not only a contest of how accurate you are, but of how fast you can retrieve the information, sometimes even before the entire question has been asked (or in this case, guessing the question before you know the entire answer....)
I actually think the car analogy is a poor one. That would imply that car manufacturers, or even the dealers, KNEW about bad drivers, and had a way of disabling their automobiles.
ISP's can tell with a fair degree of certainty that a computer they have connected to the network is spewing either spam, or participating in a known 'botnet. They also have a way to contact the user to tell them that something is happening. Also, having an infected computer isn't usually something the user chooses, and they often have no idea of what is going on. That's not to say that we should be making laws that force ISP's to act regardless of the circumstances. That's more like telling someone they can only use a baseball bat to fix a pair of eyeglasses.
On the other hand, this is COMPLETELY different from "bad people" who are doing things like file sharing or downloading stuff, or even using more than their share of Internet bandwidth. Writing laws to force ISPs to become the puppets of the big media monopolies is BAD, BAD, BAD.
Granted, this is a local public radio station in upstate NY, but you can stream it anywhere. WXXI is one of the vanishing breed of predominantly Classical radio stations here in the US. They have some jazz programs, and a little bit of news (and you have to put up with the occasional Public Radio fundraisers), but it is probably 90% high quality classical music programming: http://streaming.wxxi.org/fm-hi
(The station has been around for something like 40 years, so it's the station I grew up on!)