Windows vs Unix cluster mgt

Jim Lux James.P.Lux at jpl.nasa.gov
Thu Nov 21 20:41:03 EST 2002


I ran across an interesting white paper written by someone at Hotmail 
discussing a change from FreeBSD to Win2000 for their servers.  It's an 
interesting discussion of many of the system administration and 
configuration management issues that arise.  Interestingly, it seems that 
one of the big problems is the "desktop GUI" centric nature of many of the 
MS tools, which don't lend themselves to scripting and so forth.

http://securityoffice.softimage.net/hotmail.html

The paper has much discussion of the problems of keeping system images 
consistent, rolling out updates, etc., all of which is relevant to cluster 
computing.

Jim Lux

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