MCPs Tackle Windows Server 2003

This year and next will see a major boost in the number of companies trying out Windows Server 2003, especially among those enterprises where MCPs are employed.

This year and next will see a major boost in the number of companies trying out Windows Server 2003, especially among those enterprises where MCPs are employed. More than half of the organizations where Microsoft certified professionals work have already begun researching and testing Windows 2003 or expect to by Dec. 31. Yet only a third of those firms expect to deploy the new operating system before the end of the year. That’s what a recent MCP Magazine survey of technical professionals concludes.



Windows 2003 Adoption Plans
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The same results say that 29 percent of respondents have no specific plans to research or test Windows 2003 at this time and 42 percent have no plans to deploy it. Among those who have no Microsoft certification, 45 percent said their companies have no plans in place for research or testing and 47 percent said they don’t know when, if ever, deployment would take place.

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Dian L. Schaffhauser is a freelance writer based in Northern California.

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Reader Comments:

Fri, Nov 19, 2004 Anonymous Anonymous

it seems to me that linux lovers are playing right in to china's,france, south korea etc and all the other places in the world that hate microsoft not because of it's lack of security or cost issues but because it stands for american dominance in the market worldwide and we all know that the world won't stand for that

Fri, Nov 14, 2003 Walter Anderson, MCSE Loma Linda, San Diego, Catalina, Glendale

Ready to deploy Windows 2003 Server - 1-858-349-1966 or 1-909-743-5562
First Windows 2003 Standard Deployment - Clarke Builders, Catalina, California

Wed, Aug 13, 2003 Anonymous Anonymous

Ha - if you don't see Linux patches out there, you have about as many vulnerabilities as an un-cared-for M$ box. I respect Linux a lot, but ignorance is ignorance, regardless of OS.

Tue, Aug 12, 2003 Anonymous Anonymous

Linux has as many patches as Windows!!!

Tue, Aug 12, 2003 Martin Australia

Linux? Come back when Linux can run an enterprise collaboration server like Exchange 2000 or 2003 with 25,000 seats and client functionality like Outlook. Until then stop bleating.

Sun, Aug 10, 2003 Cissp Fl

Right on Keith, Microsoft products drive all other software vendors to the max, it forces them to to make newer software, or close up shop. As for me and my company, Windows 2003 is great, but I have invested to much money to rollover.

Thu, Aug 7, 2003 Nnamdi San Jose, CA

Bobo, Patch or no patch, MS will continue to meet your need for next three years (and beyond if they do not stop).
The focus is on which MS product best meets the need for now. Win2003 has fantastic improvements but the cost of deploy may keep my company from deploying soon enough.

Wed, Aug 6, 2003 bobo Anonymous

Not that I am a advocate of Linux, but to the fellow Windows Professionals out there.... how many times per month do you see a patch for Linux/UNIX platforms?even if ou include the one recently about the FTP daemon?.......... hence the reason I am getting tired of M$

Tue, Aug 5, 2003 anonymouses Anonymous

my statement is " it is, it will always be, about m$ " it is nice that M$ has OUR best interests in mind!

Tue, Aug 5, 2003 Stefan Germany

I plan to deploy w2003 next year into our nt4 domain, on first step as dedicated server for productive processes, in the following to replace my outworn nt4 servers. I just like the performance :)
A word to our linux apostles:
1. You should be the ones who know best when something is off topic
2. Me, personally as officially have no problem with linux. But I don't use a spoon when I need a knife. Sometimes, when I read this "discussions under professionals", I think that there's a holy war going on between the tribes of torvald and gates.

Mon, Aug 4, 2003 Greg IL

Have already started using Win2003 overall is just 2000 with an XP interface. What gets me is MS has a excellent db with sql2000 but still continues to use flat file technology with AD and exchange2000.

Mon, Aug 4, 2003 Pete NY

if microsoft stop for 3 years , may be linux can say some thing!!

Mon, Aug 4, 2003 Pete NY

if microsoft stop for 3 years , may be linux can say some thing!!

Sat, Aug 2, 2003 mark australia

and finally, here are the reasons why we chose NOT to use Linux:
1. Would not work as a domain controller exspecially with XP.
2. Increased costs in terms of sysadmin requiring training and other staff requiring training due to its UNintuitive environment.
3. who wants to use the boring thing anyway - we have the money so we want the best, sorry.

Sat, Aug 2, 2003 mark australia

we considered implementing windows 2003 server but found there was enough driver support - i.e. asus p4p800 driver for raid1. So 2000 server got the gig! Gee I wish active server was a bit easier to understand. The main reason I wanted 2003 was improvements in this area.

Sat, Aug 2, 2003 Anonymous Anonymous

Willing to try Windows 2003 and will install it after some of the bugs are fixed. All the Linux cry babies don't understand the fact that GUI wins over CLI everytime.

On another note if MS continue to ship jobs overseas we will have to look at other options seriously even at the expense of retraining or hiring different talent. God Bless America.

Sat, Aug 2, 2003 Greg Florida

These responses sound like children playing in a school yard. Does someone have something to say about the product and how its working for them and the companies the represent?

Fri, Aug 1, 2003 Silver Surfer Sacramento, CA

Tim you are absolutely right about "I don't see how companies can make major network upgrades every two years, the expense and hassle are not worth it".
I don't hate MS but they keep cranking out new OS's and in the corporate environment, that takes alot time and money to upgrade every time MS cranks out a new OS.
Is it because they need the money to pay those law suits?

Fri, Aug 1, 2003 Tim Kentucky

We have implemented some Win2K Servers, but still operate Win NT 4 Domains. We will upgrade our NT 4 Domains to Win 2003 AD - bypassing Win 2K's deployment problems. We are also skipping Exchange 2000 and will go from 5.5 to 2003. I don't see how companies can make major network upgrades every two years, the expense and hassle are not worth it. MS's upgrade roller coaster is not too attractive. (MCSE, CCNA, Network Engineer)

Fri, Aug 1, 2003 Keith Connecticut

Anyone who says Linux or Red Hat is usually person who hates Microsoft.
That's just plain stupid to hate the market owner. I have experience in both, Red Hat is a far cry from Windows XP, 2000, and 2003.

Thu, Jul 31, 2003 Marc North Carolina

The Corporate Clients I Serve have no plans for 2003. One is still coughing over a W2K upgrade from NT. For Exchange they stayed 5.5 as opposed to 2000. 2003 is way down the road for them. As for me personally I still run Linux.

Thu, Jul 31, 2003 Walter Anderson Loma Linda, CA

Willing and ready to deploy - Walter -
1-909-743-5562. (MCSE, IT Consultant)

Thu, Jul 31, 2003 Anonymous Anonymous

Hi Mom,

The article is about one company’s product out selling another of their own products.
I was commenting on their marketing prowess.
Didn't you even read the article before making a comment on my response?
This article is exactly about spending money on one Microsoft product vs another Microsoft Product.

P.S. Please don’t tease the goats when you visit any more, we are trying to wean them.

Love Mike

Thu, Jul 31, 2003 Mike's Dad New Zealand

Yeah sweet Mike! You saved big by purchasing a product that was superceded by new product almost out the door. Wow! MS get your money twice should you upgrade!

Why didn't you just get an EA agreement for free update.

Why didn't you look at your investment over 3 years? MS Delay will probably cost YOU money. Shame on that.

Thu, Jul 31, 2003 Mike's Mom Florida

Go Mike! You really showed MS, you spent money on an MS product instead of another MS product... way to put it to the man!

Thu, Jul 31, 2003 Mike W Florida

Win2003 appears great, but MS would not sell us Exchange 2003 before Oct 1.
We opted for Exchange 2000 enterprise on 2000 advanced server cluster now, rather than wait. We will save big $$ by not converting to 2003.

MS's delay cost them money. Saved me the learning curve. Shame they lost out on 500 seats of 2003.

Chew that for a while Mr Balmer.
P.S. CPA's say SA is for suckers.

Thu, Jul 31, 2003 RedHat LinuxLand

Can anyone say L-I-N-U-X LOL BWAHAHA

Thu, Jul 31, 2003 Anonymous Anonymous

MCP - microsoft certified pinhead.

Thu, Jul 31, 2003 Anonymous Anonymous

wow, that's scary!

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