February 7, 2009
Interroperability rears its ugly head
A couple weeks ago I spent time installing a new kernel and re-configuring file and print services for a pseudo-client. Samba is the always the preferred tool for getting M$ clients to play nice with *Nix machines. In this case, I was also asked to configure a Windows Vista machine for use with the file server. During this exercise, I discovered the most annoying feature of Vista. The highly irritating UAC.
Apparently it was designed to annoy you.
Perhaps the most interesting aspect of playing with Vista is that in typical fashion, with each new Windows release, common administration tools get removed or slightly modified so that they cannot be easily discovered. I probably spent 10-15 minutes looking for the application to provide me with a dos shell. For whatever reason, it Redmond engineers have decided to remove the 'run' command from Start Menu.
Not sure what benefit is gained by changing the administration interface, but I would imagine that some software focus group deemed it necessary. Anyway, after performing the ubiquitous GOOG search, I was able to figure out how to restore the 'run' command to the Start Menu. I needed this run command, so that I could launch DOS shell window. The DOS shell window is my most trusted tool when working working on network problems on M$ boxen.
I was able to ping the other machines on the network, but was not able to make this Vista notebook map shares on the Linux server. After doing a bit more digging, I discovered that Redmond engineers once again modified the security policy on their network stack. The unfortunate consequence is that Vista boxes will not communicate with common SMB protocol based machines. The oddity is SMB (aka CIFS) is a Redmond invention, go figure. on Vista. Hmmm, I wonder why they would do such a thing?
Apparently, you can modify the secpol.msc to something that samba server can understand. Modifying the registry is the only solution to this problem.
The entire evolution took much too much time. I eventually had to give the Vista machine back to its rightful owner. It is apparent that Vista was an unmitigated disaster, one need not look any further than the Windows 7 hype machine that is brewing, just 1yr after Vista launched.
Backward compatibility and playing nice with other computers on the network should be high priority for Redmond; however, the "we're open source too" rhetoric seems to much of the same ole crap from the woolly mammoth.
Posted by AG at February 7, 2009 7:33 AM