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Comment: Re:Mac/Linux support removed... mildly surprised (Score 1) 227 227

"Workstations" are generally servers in a desktop case these days. See:

Dual Xeon processors, lots of RAM, capacity for lots of disks & PCIe cards.

Comment: Re:That's nice (Score 4, Insightful) 84 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 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) 322 322

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.

Comment: Re:You guessed it: It depends (Score 1) 224 224

For example, what happens if you build a system whose maintenance relies on continued use of that IP after you leave? Are they forced to abandon the system that you built for them as part of your job? Since you could (or should) have known about this in advance, your voluntary use of this IP could possibly- if not probably- be construed as some form of implicit offer and/or agreement. What if they then want to sell that system commercially? What if they *only* want to sell it commercially because it lets them use- and build upon- your IP on the same terms as a work for hire?

You sue them for not having a license!

That seems to be how things work in the big industry world..

"In matters of principle, stand like a rock; in matters of taste, swim with the current." -- Thomas Jefferson