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Preparing for a heterogeneous network environment

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Hi,

I have to prepare for an integration of our network (Only Microsoft -AD, VS.net,  MS SQL, Exchange, ISA, Sharepoint etc.) with another network that consists of mixed *nix (all flavors) and Microsoft.

My first problem is that I have very limited information at this time about which technologies will be more common.

My second problem is that I don’t have any experience in the *nix environment.

I need a place to start, any recommendations, and some questions answered.

More information (the bits I have at the moment):

-  At the moment I plan for 5 sites with 40 users in total.
-  The 40 users might grow to 300 before the end of the year.
-  Microsoft SQL server HAVE TO run at all sites.
-  I will be doing the administration from a single point (Desktop, Firewall, VPN, eMail, Antivirus etc).
-  A redundant VPN solution using Microsoft Internet and Acceleration Server to join all sites is already in place.
-  Initially we will be going with Active Directory.(Almost all of the the initial 40 users are already WinXP, Win2K Clients)
-  Let’s assume that at the end of the year there will be 50% *nix clients, and 50% MS clients.

Some Questions to start with:

-  What will be my biggest concern in a situation like this? (Apart from the fact that the deadline is in less than a month)
-  Should or shouldn’t I go with Active Directory from the start?
-  What are the alternatives to AD as a directory in such an environment, and do I loose or win if going with another directory?
-  Which is better in a 50/50 situation: getting the *nix clients to work nicely on a MS environment, or getting the MS clients   to work nicely on a *nix environment?


PS: Please recommend the best solutions / practices, or share some experiences. Please don’t criticize either Microsoft or *nix products because of your own preferences.

I will split points between all valuable contributions to this question, and I will increase the point if I need to.

Thank you
Woerts.







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