Almost a Third of Windows 2000 Shops Not Using AD
Out of 1,139 votes, 61 percent of respondents who had migrated to Win2K had moved to Active Directory.
Although Windows 2000 implementation is going strong, companies are less
enthusiastic about instituting one of Win2K's main features, according
to an MCPmag.com poll.
Microsoft Certified Professional Magazine's online presence took
a poll late last year and found that, of 1,139 votes, 61 percent of the
respondents who had migrated to Win2K had moved to Active Directory, while
29 percent had not yet made the switch to Microsoft's version of directory
services. About 10 percent of those responding in the unscientific survey
didn't know if their company switched to AD or hadn't move to either product.
to view the results.)
AD on Win2K is more stable and much more scalable than Windows NT's limited
directory services architecture, but is a radical departure from previous
Microsoft OSs, with a steep learning curve. Implementation often requires
outside consultants, and IT staff must learn the intricacies of DNS and
TCP/IP, making it a costly network upgrade.
Keith Ward is the editor in chief of Visual Studio Magazine.