Which OS should I use on my fileserver?
December 7, 2006 2:44 PM Subscribe
I'm in the process of setting up a file server that will interface with 12 windows XP workstations. I want it to be directly mountable on those workstations, and (the catch) I also want it to work with Active Directory. I'd like to install Linux on the server, but should I use Windows instead?
posted by pombe to computers & internet (14 answers total) 1 user marked this as a favorite
I've always used Linux on servers in the past, and I want to do the same here, but it sounds like getting Linux to play nice with Active Directory may be not so easy. I could get a copy of Windows 2003 Server but I'm more familiar with administering Linux than Windows, and I feel like Linux is more reliable. I'm setting this up in a university without a lot of IT support so I'm sort of on my own.
I already have Active Directory set up for the workstations and my users have accounts set up in Active Directory that those workstations can authenticate against. I'd like to have the server do the same. Can I do this in Linux or should I bite the bullet and get a copy of Windows Server?