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What would you choose? All Windows or mixed Windows/Linux

By Ian Lewis ·
I ask because I'm being pressured by my manager to agree that we should revise our network infrastructure to completely eliminate any Linux servers. this would then leave only Windows machines which would then be 'easier to manage' and be more 'cost effective' in IT Support terms.

My colleague and I have brought up the the fact that any system where security can be compromised across the board in minutes is a bad idea.

I guess the corollary to this is the question of whether it's worth sticking it out in a job with a stubborn manager.

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I'd have the employee sign it!

by HavaCigar In reply to

Have the employee sign a form stating that he disagreed with the manager's decision and doesn't think it will work. Then if anything goes wrong, you have proof HE sabotaged it. If it works, the employee looks like a dumb ***. Works both ways against the employee and for the manager.

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I'm glad I don't work for you.

by CharlieSpencer In reply to I'd have the employee sig ...

I'm not interested in intimidating subordinates. If I make them sign off when they disagree with me, they'll stop disagreeing and just tell me what I want to here. Then we wind up with the Cheney administration. (I'm sorry. I don't know what came over me. Please forget I said that.)

If it goes wrong, it could be because I was wrong to begin with. If it works, I'd like to think it was because the employee swallowed his disagreement and helped make it work. I'm not interested in things that work against my subordinates.

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How is that ...

by stress junkie In reply to I'd have the employee sig ...

... proof that the employee sabotaged the project? If anything it shows that the employee was probably correct.

Your whole attitude stinks.

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Troll???

by jmgarvin In reply to I'd have the employee sig ...

Either you were pulling some legs or you are trolling for some response or another.

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You just proved my point

by O/Siris In reply to I'd have the employee sig ...

"Have the employee sign a form stating that he disagreed with the manager's decision and doesn't think it will work. Then if anything goes wrong, you have proof HE sabotaged it. If it works, the employee looks like a dumb ***. Works both ways against the employee and for the manager."

Every little facet of what you said illustrates why I recommended that the employee document everything. Every phone conversation, every email, every reference as they passed each other in the hall. That is NOT what the employee the original post was saying. The employee *did* feel there was a better option. As an I.T. professional at a presumably NetAdmin level, that's his job.

What you want to do with that is what has far too often been done in absentia to I.T. employees. If an I.T. employee does *not* express disagreement in documentation, then they are held to be in complete agreement, and thus responsible for the success or failure of the project. Likewise, if unethical managers try to "turn" the documentation into a case for sabotage, as in the quote above, then the more documentation, the better. That way, the unscrupulous manage would suddenly have a lot of explaining to do.

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All linux...

by fadiyaser In reply to What would you choose? Al ...

currently at work we are using all Linux, and we are very satisfied, even the desktop machines are Linux Fedora...

Cheers,
Fadi

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Not Sure What you're asking?

by Cweb In reply to What would you choose? Al ...

Are you asking whether you want to stay working for a Boss because he wants a single platform or are you asking whether you should stay working for a boss because you don't agree with him?

First)If he makes the decision to go all Microsoft, then you have to either live with it or move on. If you don't approve of that decision, can you live with it? I may have my heart set on working with a certain size monitor, but if the company only provides a different size from what I want am I going to quit over that? Probably not
Second)he's your boss! You don't have to agree with him on every decision. In fact is there any interpersonal relationship that you agree 100 percent all the time with someone? I think not.
Now as for going with a single Microsoft platform that isn't as unsecure as it sounds. I have worked as sys admin on a purely MS network for 3 years and never once was anything compromised. As long as everything is updated and done on time and set up properly there isn't really a problem. Most networks that are in the news for being cracked almost without exception show there is a lack of regular updates being installed and shortcuts taken with security updates.
Now let me say this first, I am in no way a MS supporter and really have the same dislike for the monopoly most others do. But that doesn't mean a properly set up and maintained network isn't secure and definitely cannot have its security compromised in minutes.

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