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I'm not a Windows guy. And all my working life was managing Mac and Linux. Why should I have a Windows domain controller?
I know what Active Directory is, but I'm not a Microsoft expert. And on paper everything is beautiful, but the reality that I have, is that it does't work, and it is not helping me doing my job. That's why I am thinking, or not, to shutdown the domain controller.
I only see disadvantages.
What I have:
- 90 computers to 90 people.
- Five printers, login is different and not centralized, because it's difficult to use a strong password in a printer.
- 1/3 uses Google Apps and the other use a Linux mail server.
- All our business applications run on Linux server.
- Our files are in a Linux NAS.
- All the computes are different (it's a nightmare)
- Some have laptops and are always moving (inside and outside the company)
- We are behind a Cisco Adaptive Security Appliance (ASA) firewall
- DNS is on a Cisco router and I'm planning to move DHCP to a switch (I'm not authorized to manage the router)
In my point of view:
- It's just another thing to go wrong.
- A machine in a domain is slower to login.
- Less stuff is better. And less work too.
- We have a Windows Server 2008 licence, but it's not a very good machine and I'm removing all the applications from the Windows servers.
- I'm planning to buy new laptops and they have Windows 8 and in a few days Windows 8.1, and I don't know if Windows 8 behaves well with older servers!
- I don't like to spend money on Windows licences and servers.
For me is just a extra server consuming 400 watts... Am I wrong?