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Comment Re:That's nice (Score 4, Insightful) 84

If people are just using it for LDAP, then they're doing it wrong :/

Why not just use OpenLDAP or whatever in that case? The whole benefit of AD comes from putting everything in it. There's no masters or slaves, just two way replication partners.

I understand the complaint about Exchange, but it is a HUGE system that can do a lot more than just MTA as you say.

Comment Re:That's nice (Score 4, Informative) 84

I don't see how it can be called bloated, beyond the usual "ZOMG WINDOWS USES XXXXMB OF RAM LOLZZ" stuff.

AD isn't just LDAP, it's a central store for everything management. Yes it holds your authentication details, but it also holds settings for (assuming you use the MS products) DHCP, DNS, Mail, etc. Want a new DC to avoid SPOF? Install Windows, install the role, promote. All the settings are copied down automatically and you're redundant. You've also got the concept of sites, which certain domain controllers handle, so workstations know where to find their local DC. Also, subdomains, so you can hand off sections of the environment to other people - think company divisions ( or even countries ( It's all GUI and PowerShell controllable these days too.

As for replication failures, yes they happen, as it will with anything that depends on replication. Disagree with them being common though - I've seen one in just over 15 years. We deleted the VM, made a new one on a new name, ran a clean up tool and carried on.

Comment Re:so, the key to amnesty... (Score 1) 322

We announced that a free upgrade for Windows 10 will be made available to customers running Windows 7, Windows 8.1, and Windows Phone 8.1 who upgrade in the first year after launch.

This is more than a one-time upgrade: once a Windows device is upgraded to Windows 10, we will continue to keep it current for the supported lifetime of the device – at no cost.

Yes, we will be going to OSI, Mars, and Pluto, but not necessarily in that order. -- Jeffrey Honig