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    What Windows Servers should do!

    After many years sys-admining it occurs to me that a vast majority of jobs, we do on a regular basis are not catered for natively by Windows servers. I mean, how hard can it be to make installing printers via AD a part of the GP? Why? Where is the tab which enables you to map a printer to a computer via GP?
    Why are all of the user details not available to change en-mass via the user manager?

    What else has been left out by M$ and what should they have included?

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    Re: What Windows Servers should do!

    Why is there not a box that says limit user to 1 logon only (there is for terminal service users)?!

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    Re: What Windows Servers should do!

    something dear to my heart at the moment.... bulk entry of users and directories!!!

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    Re: What Windows Servers should do!

    Quote Originally Posted by Dos_Box
    After many years sys-admining it occurs to me that a vast majority of jobs, we do on a regular basis are not catered for natively by Windows servers. I mean, how hard can it be to make installing printers via AD a part of the GP? Why? Where is the tab which enables you to map a printer to a computer via GP?
    Why are all of the user details not available to change en-mass via the user manager?

    What else has been left out by M$ and what should they have included?
    but then companies like rm and viglan would go bust

    Russ

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    Re: What Windows Servers should do!

    They don't add anything new. They just put a fancy interface on whats already there. Rip off merchants that they are!

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    Re: What Windows Servers should do!

    Perhaps I am being cynical here, but it seems to me that these missing bits are filled by a variety of products on the market, all of which have had to cough up some fee to M$ in the forms of licences, developer access or a direct link with M$.

    Or the missing bits are provided by people who have paid to go on M$ related courses to get M$ quals to work in M$ centric organisations.

    Or even by people who have read books published by M$ or by other people who may have paid M$ a fee to use their name.

    hmmm ... it all seems a bit of a money spinner to me!!!

    Then again ... M$ aren't the only company to do this ... they just seem to be the best at it.

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    Re: What Windows Servers should do!

    Quote Originally Posted by russdev
    but then companies like rm and viglan would go bust
    Ahh, we can always wish... :twisted:

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    Re: What Windows Servers should do!

    agree 100% DB. change profile path en masse?

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    Re: What Windows Servers should do!

    u can mark lol (I think)

    DB... isnt there some printer thing in 2003 GP? Or am I imagining it again? lol

    I thought I had seen something but never bothered with it - yet.

    Just seeing things again no doubt.

    To be fair to MS tho - 2003 GP over NT/9x policies are much much MUCH better to use. I had to write a custom adm for 9x back then - sill using it now for the 98 pc's on the 2k3 domain

    Regards
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    Re: What Windows Servers should do!

    Server 2003 R2 will answer some of your requests, I am an MS beta tester and have been testing it for nearly 6 months now, and all I can say is hurry up MS!

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    Re: What Windows Servers should do!

    Quote Originally Posted by mark
    agree 100% DB. change profile path en masse?
    You can do that in 2003. Not 2000

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    Re: What Windows Servers should do!

    Quote Originally Posted by tarquel
    u can mark lol (I think)

    DB... isnt there some printer thing in 2003 GP? Or am I imagining it again? lol

    I thought I had seen something but never bothered with it - yet.
    No, I don't think there is such a setting. Applying a logon script to a computer's classroom OU that connects a printer can be done though. Haven't had to leave my chair to set up printers for years now - Thank God.

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    Re: What Windows Servers should do!

    One thing that gets on my nerves is not being able to right-click a DHCP lease and choose "Reserve". How difficult would that have been for them to add.

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    Re: What Windows Servers should do!

    Quote Originally Posted by eejit
    One thing that gets on my nerves is not being able to right-click a DHCP lease and choose "Reserve". How difficult would that have been for them to add.
    So good it was worth repeating

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    Re: What Windows Servers should do!

    I find it an offense that Microsoft say windows server can be used as a print server and yet there is not even a sniff of being able to set print quotas? This is BASIC stuff people. come on....

    I hate to say this but in my last school, they were Apple based (I can already hear you all shreek) but I have to say it, Apple had it down to a tee with their server software. We are talking about software that was written for education. Mac Manager was a simple but powerful version of Microsoft's GPs, and then their was classroom assistant (I think this is what it was called) You could control, share, view, lock screens, install programs centrally, view system files, announce with audio, basically anything you would want to do ever! Imagine how much software for a windows network would cost to perform all of that. But you got it all FREE when you bought an Apple server.

    Microsoft have yet to look at the requirements of education and come up with a suitable solution.

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