[SASAG] OS X and Open Directory versus Windows and Active Directory

Berry Sizemore berry.sizemore at gmail.com
Fri May 11 16:01:21 PDT 2007


I recently accepted a position with a application development company fifty
people large.  It's a very stimulating environment thusfar.  We have
Sun/Solaris, OS X on Apple, virtualized Linux and Windows Server 2000/2003.
The projects are varied, and includes web and non-web applications.  Our IT
executive has decided to convert the company from OS X's implementation of
Open Directory (OD) to Windows Active Directory (AD) because in his words
"It's more mainstream."  He asked the question, "If you could build from the
ground up, what would you choose?"  He has given us a week to provide "a
compelling reason" not to.  It's his goal to "develop a consensus among the
IT department".

I do not have great depth in my AD knowledge, so am unable to provide a very
good competitive analysis.  I'm pretty light on my OD knowledge too.  Since
OD is working very well at this time, I instinctively do not wish to change
it.  We also have an AD implementation that works just fine as well.  This
is the result of a recent merger.  One main goal is to implement
Sharepoint.  I feel integrating the two is the best way to go.  We've
already discussed our feelings, and now it's time to show an analysis which
favors OD or OD/AD integration, which compels my manager to not go retool
everything to AD.

I'm very interested in looking at TCO, pro/coc and benefits comparison
analyses, or any other documentation that clarifies why I would stay with OD
or chose to integrate AD.

If you find the time to respond, it would be most appreciated.

Thank you,
Berry Sizemore
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