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RE: (OT) SMTP: OBSD <-> Win2000
> 3. No native backup of individual mailboxes. There was an MS
> Knowledge Base item saying that the way to recover a mailbox
> from backup is to build another exchange server, restore full
> mail database from backup, then have user log onto that and
> pick up lost mail.
While that is true, MS also doesn't pretend that they include
a backup solution with Exchange or NT/2k. Most third-party
backup software will handle single-mailbox restores well.
> 4. Win32 OSes still have much of single-user, GUI-only,
> reboot-whenever-somthing-looks-fishy legacy - it is nowhere
> near as easy, nor as fast as OpenBSD, to log in remotely, run
> diagnostic programs, make changes without taking down the system, etc.
This issue is definitely much improved in Win2k. They
include an admin-only version of Terminal Server with the
OS, and it's actually reasonably fast over a 33.6k modem.
The tools included with Win2k also make it much easier to
manage the server from a workstation without rebooting,
and if you're used to administering with an MS GUI, then
they're easier to use than command-line.
> 5. Installing Exchange Server on an existing server was a
> quagmire of nested and conflicting dependencies on different
> versions of IIS, service packs, et al.
I think that issue comes up a lot because it's more likely
that a novice admin will install an NT server (that stays
in production) and not document it than the chances that a
novice admin will install a (BSD, Netware, Solaris) box.
While some installs can be more than hairy , that's
usually the exception.