are the Geeks, for they shall internet the earth
Assessment of Windows 2003
William M. Nett
I attended the Microsoft 2003 server launch hosted by Microsoft in San
Diego, California. During the keynotes, Chairman Bill Gates stated,
"Server 2003 is security by design and security by default." Whoa!
Wha? Did I just hear Microsoft claim security consciousness? "All code
is looked over at least once."... Again, Mr. Gates.
Ok, Bill sounds like you've set a challenge, and thanks to your generosity
of providing me with a free evaluation copy of your New OS, I've taken the
liberty of examining your software and here's my findings;
1. 2003 must be very thorough it took 1.25 hours to format my hard-drive
compared to Linux's haphazard 4.7 minutes. I'm sure you got rid of all the
ugly data bits that conflict.
2. Security by design and security by default must include some sort of
honeypot mechanism. A simple scan of the default installation revealed more
than eleven open ports on Win2003 server compared to my default Linux's
installation, which revealed only three. If you could, would you
please tell me where these honeypot logs are? I have yet to find them. If
you could help me find the Intrusion Detection logs, that would be equally
The keynote presentation was amazing, Win 2003 with SQL runs so much faster
than Linux with Oracle... Yeah! Um, but why not compare Win 2003 + SQL
against Linux + MySQL? Additionally I noted that you said that every line of
2003 Server code is reviewed at least once by another developer Simply
amazing, I guess your developers are much sharper than the scores of Linux
developers whom needlessly and constantly review other Linux developer's
code for weaknesses and potential improvements.
"MS 2003 server is backed by Microsoft, and people should find comfort
in knowing that a single entity holds ownership and responsibility of this
new OS." - Steve Ballmer. Now if one of your lawyers could please point
me in the proper direction of finding this in your End User License
Agreement, I'd me more than happy to convey that information off to my
employer and purchasing manager.
"MS 2003 Server consolidates servers, do more with less." Indeed,
this consolidation is just what my company needs. Instead of spending extra
money on electricity, now I can freely spend more time on one server
wondering where the hell all these attacks came from, with just a little bit
of the company's budget consulting Microsoft on how to stop or prevent them
hold on, be right back DNS is having issues?
In short 2003 server is just what the economy needs. With the newly required
influx of skilled professionals trained in theoretical situations for this
new environment blessed by Microsoft, combined with its closed circuit of
hemp endorsing developers... Why should I choose anything else?
Thanks Bill I give MS 2003 server two fingers up!
William M. Nett
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