Contents tagged with Unix

  • Q&A: Mercer Management Consulting on Driving Lower TCO and Rapid ROI Through UNIX Migrations

    Posted by bink on September 25 2006, 9:56 PM. Posted in Unix.

    A new study finds Microsoft Windows the preferred choice for UNIX migration when IT organizations migrate servers as part of a focused effort to improve business processes, deploy critical applications or restructure their IT architecture.

    In order to remain competitive, companies are increasingly weighing the cost advantages of migrating their existing UNIX server infrastructure to Microsoft Windows Server.

    According to research firm IDC, Windows has captured 45 percent of UNIX migrations, making it the leading platform for UNIX migration overall (“Understanding UNIX Migration: A Demand-Side View,” January 2006, IDC). This was a factor contributing to the recent announcement from IDC that in 2005 worldwide revenues for Windows servers surpassed UNIX server revenues for the first time ever (IDC Press Release, “Worldwide Server Market Slows in 4th Quarter but Grows to $51.3 Billion in 2005, Highest Revenue in 5 Years, According to IDC,” February 22, 2006).

    Now a new study by Mercer Management Consulting sheds light on what is driving this trend. Titled “Driving Lower TCO and Rapid ROI through UNIX Migrations,” the Microsoft-sponsored study finds that IT organizations are choosing Windows over Linux and other flavors of UNIX when migrating from UNIX servers as part of an effort to improve key business processes.

    For more insight into the study and its findings, PressPass spoke with 12-year Mercer veteran John Wenstrup, a high-tech strategy consultant to the computing, storage, networking and IT services industries.

    PressPass: Could you please provide some background on UNIX migration. What have been the industry trends in that space?

    John Wenstrup, Mercer Management Consulting
    John Wenstrup, Mercer Management Consulting

    Wenstrup: In the mid-1990s, UNIX grew to become the dominant server operating system for business computing. It led in both market share and server revenue. The UNIX market still has a huge footprint today with more than 3.5 million servers installed and in use by customers worldwide. However, other platforms have been chipping away at that number pretty consistently. In fact, most estimates concur that as many as 40 percent of those UNIX installations will be moved to new platforms over the next two or three years. IT executives and industry pundits tend to converge on four main drivers of this transition:


    Cost vs. Performance . Competing platforms have made remarkable strides in performance against UNIX, such that many believe platforms such as Windows Server have essentially caught up with UNIX performance. Given the fact that UNIX is still much more expensive than competing platforms to purchase and manage over time, UNIX appears to offer a poor trade-off of cost versus performance for most application implementations in the marketplace today.


    UNIX End of Life/End of Support. Many UNIX vendors are ending support for older, legacy UNIX platforms, which has spurred organizations to consider a wider range of options in the marketplace. As one executive commented, “since the vendor essentially forced me to re-platform anyway, I took the opportunity to look broadly and chose Windows instead.”


    Intel-Based Server Success . UNIX vendors who have been pushing RISC-based UNIX servers for a long time have begun to support Intel platforms, particularly given the promise of robust 64-bit computing. As a result, IT executives have become even more convinced of the potential of competing platforms on Intel architecture.


    Improved Tools to Ease Migration Process . Conventional wisdom used to say that migrating away from UNIX would be time-consuming, complex, and costly. In fact, most companies report that migrations have gone far more smoothly over the past three years than in the past, due to better migration tools and processes. The result has been faster and cheaper migrations.

    For these reasons, UNIX migration continues unabated and looks like it may even be accelerating in some areas. Continue At Source

  • Microsoft's Linux lab works on Open-Source interoperability

    Posted by bink on January 20 2006, 7:27 PM. Posted in Unix.

    An investigative report into the Linux lab at Microsoft has revealed some interesting twists to Microsoft's often stormy relation ship with the world of Open Source Software (OSS).

    The lab, which opened last September, is run by Bill Hilf, a former programmer for IBM. Originally, it was set up to "help Microsoft understand the phenomenon of open source software and improve our products because of that." But over time, the role of the lab has changed, from merely wanting to understand the "enemy" towards a tentative effort to working with them.

     Continue At Source
  • Integrating Windows and Unix Accounts

    Posted by bink on August 16 2004, 10:18 PM. Posted in Unix.

    MCPMag: Microsoft’s Services for Unix 3.5 (SFU 3.5) helps bridge the gap between Windows and Unix/Linux by “fooling” Unix/Linux systems into thinking they’re just another NIS server. SFU can also perform account and password synchronization between AD and existing NIS databases. In order to work, users on Unix/Linux clients authenticate to a NIS server (either a real Unix/Linux one or a Windows domain controller masquerading as one), and users on Windows clients authenticate to an AD DC. Account and password synchronization between AD and NIS happens behind the scenes, thanks to SFU 3.5. This works well if you already have existing NIS and AD under one roof.<long>However, in both of these scenarios, there’s a fundamental problem—there are still two account databases to maintain: AD and NIS.Vintela VAS reduces the number of account databases to just one: AD. This is an ideal way to handle new Unix/Linux installations because you can position AD as the “go-to place” for Windows and Unix/Linux authentication.
  • Migrating from Unix

    Posted by bink on June 4 2004, 5:25 PM. Posted in Unix.

    Solution Guide for Windows Security and Directory Services for UNIXBuilding Security and Directory Solutions for UNIX Using the Windows Server 2003 Active Directory Kerberos and LDAP ServicesProvides process and technical guidance for consolidating security and directory services to provide authentication and authorization in heterogeneous UNIX and Windows environments using Windows Server 2003

    This guide provides prescriptive guidance to enable Microsoft® Windows Server™ 2003 to be used for authentication and as an identity and authorization data store within heterogeneous Microsoft Windows® and UNIX environments. The guidance covers evaluating, planning, building, and deploying a security and directory infrastructure based on Windows Server 2003. The guidance will be valuable for business and technical decision makers, IT architects, and systems administrators participating in infrastructure consolidation or integration projects download

    UNIX Migration Project GuideThis guide offers end to end "how to" project guidance from Microsoft that provides a context for the specific technical guidance presented in UNIX migration solution guides.

    The UNIX Migration Project Guide (UMPG) supplements the specific, technically focused guidance in UNIX migration solution guides by focusing on the "people and process" aspects of migration projects. The UMPG takes readers from inception through completion of a project involving the migration from UNIX to Windows of an application, database, or infrastructure. For each project phase, the guide advises on the issues to consider, actions to take, and deliverables to complete. Based on the experience of Microsoft and its customers, it is designed to prevent common causes of project failure, such as misalignment of IT and business goals, and inadequate management of project risk. The UMPG and the solution guides follow a parallel organization of "Plan, Build, and Deploy" and within these categories, sequential project phases, to facilitate their use as companion guides. Download.

    Solution Guide for CATIA Migration from UNIX to WindowsThe Solution Guide for CATIA Migration from UNIX to Windows provides information on how to migrate a CATIA V.4 application environment on UNIX to a CATIA V.5 application environment on Windows.

    The Solution Guide for CATIA Migration from UNIX to Windows provides information to UNIX users on potential issues while planning or implementing a CATIA V.5 based solution on Windows. Some of these issues include choosing installation strategies and tools, setting up support services like license management, minimizing administration efforts and migrating any existing CATIA data from UNIX to the Windows environment. The information included in this guide is gathered from consultants working in the field, tests carried out to prove the concepts, and from customer issues that have already been confronted and solved during migration. Download

  • Review of Windows Services for UNIX 3.5

    Posted by bink on January 28 2004, 3:05 PM. Posted in Unix.

    As many of you may remember I did a review of Windows Services for UNIX 3.0 (SFU) a few months ago. I remember being frustrated with that release because it seemed to me that all Microsoft did was throw something together just to be able to say "Hey look, we have this". I thought, since Microsoft released version 3.5, I would revisit and see what changes were done with it. I downloaded the beta version a while back and from the beta I was very impressed with the improvements that Microsoft made. Being a beta version it was buggy and some things just didnt quite work. I finally got the final version of the OpenBSD-based SFU 3.5 and this release makes dynamic leaps and bounds over previous releases of this software package. I am glad to see a lot more work was put into this release.

    What is Windows Services for UNIX

     Windows Services for UNIX is intended as an interoperability package. This is a far cry from previous versions which were inteded to be migration packages, enabling UNIX customers to leave UNIX and bring their skills and resources over to the Windows platform as well as run some older UNIX apps and scripts. While migration strategies are part of the role of 3.5, Microsoft did a lot of work so UNIX and Linux admins can seamlessly integrate Windows into their current infrastructure.

    What Windows Services for UNIX is not

    SFU is not an operating system. It is a subsystem and we will discuss how this differs from Cygwin and UWIN later on in this review. SFU is tacked on as a process that houses sub processes. SFU is a full UNIX environment to to let UNIX developers continue their Linux/UNIX work but leverage the advantages of the Windows platform but you must have Windows 2000/XP Professional Server 2000/2003, it no longer runs on Windows NT and it cannot be installed on Windows XP Home Edition. SFU does not make you immune to viruses or security issues. Make sure you keep up with Security patches and virus updates to make sure your systems are secure. SFU is not a Linux or UNIX killer. I will stress this point because of many of the initial responses I have seen regarding this release, SFU is intended for Interoperability and in certain scenarios, migration that is all.

    I am also going to answer some misconceptions people have approached me about. It is not illegal to use UNIX software with SFU and it does not violate the BSD or GPL license to port Open Source software to SFU or the Interix subsystem. Microsft has ported many Open Source tools to SFU and Interop Systems also makes many free and proprietary tools to run on SFU. Also, it is not illegal to use Microsofts development tools and or .NET to develop Open Source software.

    Continue at source for: The new features of SFU 3.5, Performance, Positives, Negatives, Comparisons to other Interoperability tools and conlucsion

  • Windows Services for UNIX Case Studies

    Posted by bink on January 25 2004, 5:20 PM. Posted in Unix.

    Read the customer profiles below for examples of real-world deployments of Windows Services for UNIX.

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    Group 4 SecuritasRead how Group 4 Securitas Vehicle Tracking and Security Systems used Windows Services for UNIX 3.5 to move its X Window System, server-based Solaris application to the Windows platform.
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    Interop SystemsLearn how Interop Systems extended the capabilities of Windows Services for UNIX through a set of interoperability tools that help Windows XP and Windows Server™ 2003 systems work seamlessly with UNIX and Linux environments.
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    KhoralFind out how Khoral used Windows Services for UNIX 3.5 to port a highly complex UNIX server application to Windows in less than six weeks.
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    Mahindra-British TelecomDiscover how Mahindra–British Telecom Limited (MBT) used the new pthread libraries in Windows Services for UNIX 3.5 to easily migrate their customer’s internal Sun Solaris Web-based application to run on the Windows platform.
    VintelaSee how Vintela worked with Microsoft to develop Vintela Authentication Services, which extends the benefits of Windows Services for UNIX 3.5.
  • Microsoft a Finalist for LinuxWorld Award

    Posted by bink on January 20 2004, 10:41 PM. Posted in Unix.

    Microsoft's interoperability efforts got a credibility boost when the latest version of Services for Unix earned a nomination for best integration solution at a major Linux show. SFU 3.5, released on Thursday, is a finalist for the LinuxWorld Product Excellence Awards in the category of Best Integration Solution. Microsoft's competition in the category is BEA WebLogic Platform 8.1 from BEA Systems Inc. and Enj Ports from BISIL North America Inc.

    Winners in the integration category and 10 other categories will be announced Wednesday afternoon from the floor of the IDG LinuxWorld Conference & Expo in New York. The show begins Tuesday and runs through Friday.

    While Microsoft's product is not open source, the company's announcement that SFU 3.5 will be free probably helps with the Linux community. Microsoft charged $99 for SFU 3.0, although Microsoft began giving even the 3.0 version of the product away in October.

    SFU functions mainly as an interoperability toolset for integrating Unix, Linux and Windows in enterprise networks. The many tools in SFU allow organizations to blend their platforms for single sign-on, file and print accessibility and administration. Microsoft also bills SFU as a Unix migration tool.

    Other than the price, SFU 3.5's enhancements include support for Windows Server 2003, improved performance and new versions of many commonly used tools.

  • Windows Services for UNIX Version 3.5

    Posted by bink on January 15 2004, 8:39 PM. Posted in Unix.

    Windows Services for UNIX 3.5 provides a full range of supported and fully integrated cross-platform network services for enterprise customers to use in integrating Windows into their existing UNIX-based environments.

    Free but need to register! click on the source

    217 MB!

    note on the download page is 1 time “beta” mentioned, that is a typo.

  • Solution Guide for Migrating HPC Applications from UNIX to Windows

    Posted by bink on January 15 2004, 2:57 PM. Posted in Unix.

    Solution Guide for Migrating High Performance Computing (HPC) Applications from UNIX to Windows

    This guide is designed to provide process and technical guidance to help you migrate your existing HPC applications from UNIX to Microsoft® Windows®, as well as set up the required HPC infrastructure (including hardware, network connectivity, and software tools) to run those applications on Windows. It will help you choose the optimal HPC system architecture for your business, and once you have made that choice, it provides detailed guidance for you to plan, migrate, deploy, and operate your HPC system. The guide can also be used to create a Windows-based HPC application and HPC infrastructure from scratch, without migrating from a UNIX environment, although this use is not its primary purpose.This guide discusses the planning and implementation of four types of HPC systems on Windows. These are symmetric multiprocessing (SMP), massively parallel multiprocessing (MPP), a network of workstations (NOW), and Web service-load balanced systems (WS-LB). The primary audience for the guide includes two groups: the decision-making/planning group (information technology (IT) directors, architects, senior engineers, program managers, and project managers ) and the implementation group (developers, testers, and system administrators).


  • Microsoft Giving Away SFU 3.0

    Posted by bink on December 4 2003, 7:36 PM. Posted in Unix.

    When Microsoft Services for Unix 3.0 came out, a highlight was its surprisingly low price tag. In a promotion running through the end of this month, the set of tools and services for interoperating between Windows, Unix and Linux is free. The giveaway presumably is designed to generate some new users who will then want the latest features available in SFU 3.5, which entered beta testing in late July and should be released soon.

    The widely acclaimed SFU 3.0 came out in the second quarter of 2002. It was a much expanded product over SFU 2.0, as Microsoft combined the SFU feature set -- for integrating Windows-based and Unix-based networks -- with the Microsoft Interix product. Interix, which Microsoft acquired from Softway Systems in 1999, allows developers and administrators to migrate and run Unix applications on Windows servers.

    As a combination of SFU and Interix, SFU 3.0 represented what amounted to a 60 percent price cut when it shipped in 2002. SFU 2.0 had cost $150 and Interix retailed for $100. Instead of charging $250 for the combined product, Microsoft chose to market the integrated package for $100.

    The SFU 3.0 giveaway started Oct. 16, and Microsoft is promoting it in the customer-focused e-mail newsletters it sends out. Microsoft also offers a three-hour test drive of SFU 3.0 running on a remote Windows Server 2003 box hosted by or for Microsoft.

    The free SFU 3.0 and the test drive are available at Microsoft's "Resources for Unix Professionals" site:Register for free SFU 3.0

    Or get Windows Services for UNIX Version 3.5 Beta for free with win2k3 support