Go Premium for a chance to win a PS4. Enter to Win

x
?
Solved

Windows Server Authentication and Group Policy in the Cloud

Posted on 2013-06-22
3
Medium Priority
?
949 Views
Last Modified: 2013-06-24
A couple of months ago, I priced out moving our Windows 2008 Server to the cloud via managed hosting or a managed co-location. While there are many companies now offering this service, it's still prohibitively expensive. Then I had an epiphany. What if I started moving "server components" to the cloud instead of the entire server.

File Server - File Hosting Services (FHS) have come a long way in the last few years. Moving this functionality to the cloud is absolutely doable. (I'm confident many Experts-Exchange experts will disagree with me on this point.)
Antivirus with Server Console - Many of the antivirus companies now offer a web-based server console.
Exchange - We've been using Google Apps for several years and love it.
Backup and Recovery - There are lots of options associated with FHS.
CRM - The cloud is where it's at.

So what if I wanted to get rid of my Windows Server 2008 entirely? There are two big impediments to this:

Authentication - I'm not sure how I'd handle the Domain authentication w/o the Windows Server in-house or without a traditional cloud-based managed location or managed colo (which, as noted earlier, are prohibitively expensive).
Group Policy and Login Scripts - We use both pretty extensively in the office. Just like authentication, I think I'm stuck with an in-house server or a a traditional cloud-based solution.

I'll bet there are several experts out there who have some ideas. Feel free to suggest anything. (For example, I'm not wedded to Windows. I'd be willing to consider a Linux solution.)
0
Comment
Question by:jdana
3 Comments
 
LVL 23

Accepted Solution

by:
Ayman Bakr earned 1000 total points
ID: 39270589
0
 
LVL 13

Assisted Solution

by:Jaihunt
Jaihunt earned 1000 total points
ID: 39270814
0
 

Author Closing Comment

by:jdana
ID: 39271993
Mutawadi and Jaihunt,

These are great articles. Thank you. Microsoft has done a good job of embedding itself in the millions of LANs around the world. Once they get their foot in your door, it's no small task to extricate them.

J
0

Featured Post

Learn Veeam advantages over legacy backup

Every day, more and more legacy backup customers switch to Veeam. Technologies designed for the client-server era cannot restore any IT service running in the hybrid cloud within seconds. Learn top Veeam advantages over legacy backup and get Veeam for the price of your renewal

Question has a verified solution.

If you are experiencing a similar issue, please ask a related question

When speed and performance are vital to revenue, companies must have complete confidence in their cloud environment.
After seeing many questions for JRNL_WRAP_ERROR for replication failure, I thought it would be useful to write this article.
This tutorial will walk an individual through the process of transferring the five major, necessary Active Directory Roles, commonly referred to as the FSMO roles to another domain controller. Log onto the new domain controller with a user account t…
This Micro Tutorial hows how you can integrate  Mac OSX to a Windows Active Directory Domain. Apple has made it easy to allow users to bind their macs to a windows domain with relative ease. The following video show how to bind OSX Mavericks to …

885 members asked questions and received personalized solutions in the past 7 days.

Join the community of 500,000 technology professionals and ask your questions.

Join & Ask a Question