A Review: Build Your Own Server ,Tony Caputo

Discussion in 'Gateway' started by Paul, Sep 8, 2004.

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    Paul Guest

    A mediocre book which panders to Microsoft (2 Stars)

    As a PC Assembly book, this is modestly useful, but there are a lot of
    PC assembly books out there. (Incidentally, I have not found a current
    title as concise and well written as "PC Hardware Configuration Guide
    : For DOS and Solaris" by Ron Ledesma, which is ten years old and
    therefore of historical interest only.) It's expensive and there is
    very little difference between building a commodity Wintel PC for
    server, workstation, home PC or Gaming use other than which specific
    components to choose.)

    Where it falls apart is its complete dependence on, and unsupportable
    and flatly wrong statements urging the user to use, Microsoft Server
    software. Usually, a legal copy of Windows Server and associated
    software client licenses and applications will exceed the cost of the
    hardware in a low end server installation, and it will usually use
    those resources far less efficiently and securely than will a
    Unix-based operating system. I suspect this is simply because he is
    lazy or because he wishes to curry favor with Microsoft-aligned
    organizations, although he well may think that the average reader is
    just too dumb to learn Unix.

    In this era, no one without basic Unix skills can consider themselves
    legitimately fit for any type of IT professional status. While I do
    not believe that Unix operating systems are always the best choice for
    server service-AS/400, VMS, and several others in addition to
    Microsoft Windows have legitimate places in many business
    environments-if one is seeking to minimize total costs and use
    low-cost commodity hardware efficiently with "Sweat Equity" over
    expensive consultants or spending a large amount of time learning
    arcane skills-Unix-based Open Source operating systems and
    applications (such as Apache) are the legitimate default, not Windows
    Server. The only advantage of Windows Server over Unix-based NOSes,in
    fact, is in its ability to provide certain services to Windows
    clients: it is never easier to _correctly_ and _securely_ deploy. And
    it almost always requires substantially greater hardwware resources.

    In short, there are better PC hardware books and, if you really do
    need Microsoft NOS, better Microsoft books. And there's probably a
    better than even chance, if you are inclined to read this book, that
    in fact you don't need Microsoft.
    Paul, Sep 8, 2004
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