New developments of interoperability prepare server admins to better handle a mix of Linux, Windows Server. Using Windows Server management on PowerShell should feel familiar to Linux admins versed in command lines, and Bash has arrived on Windows.
For Microsoft shops that add Linux server support into the mix, a good working knowledge of PowerShell will ease the burden. PowerShell can now directly control Linux servers. And experts have advice to share on the best Linux OSes to suit enterprise needs.
Containerization is spreading across OSes too, as native Windows and Mac versions join Linux containers in enterprises, and abstraction technologies make it feasible to run Linux containers on Windows Server. The various and rapidly maturing OS options for containers ensure an admin's job is never boring.
1Windows, Linux server support-
Master mixed server OS management
Server OS vendors have refocused from the Linux versus Windows wars to management tools, container support and automation. Administrators still have a tall order to fill when managing diverse server OS deployments, but they can lessen unexpected issues with strategic patching and updates.
Boot2Docker, RancherOS and many other pint-sized Linux operating systems gained territory in data centers with container-ready footprints. But now admins have containerization options in Azure and Windows Server 2016. Is Windows Server the best OS for the job? Continue Reading
Containers change how administrators support and manage applications on IT infrastructure. With virtualization at the application-OS relationship layer, admins can expect new rules for scaling and backups. Continue Reading
2Linux admins: Start here-
Linux lovers can learn Windows Server management
This might be the best time in Microsoft's history for Linux admins to take on Windows Server management and support tasks. PowerShell, Microsoft's command-line interface, is over a decade old and shows maturity for script execution. Configuration management tools enable administrators to customize less and automate more.
PowerShell gives Linux-based admins a familiar method to manage server OSes, but in a foreign language. These 25 commands accomplish common tasks and serve as a basis to become fluent in PowerShell scripting. Continue Reading
PowerShell gives administrators the ability to scale up changes to hundreds of machines. To discover and change the services on Windows clients, follow these PowerShell tips. Continue Reading
3Windows Server: Meet Linux-
Windows experts can pick up Linux server support
A requisite IT tool only runs on Linux. To save costs, the business can run some workloads on licensed Windows Server and others on free Linux OSes. A pilot containerization project uses Linux as the host OS for lower overhead. Whatever the reason, Linux server management is now the Windows Server admin's job.
Reluctant to invest the time in learning a new suite of Linux server OS tools? Don't bother: Microsoft's PowerShell can execute commands on Linux, local and remote servers. PowerShell Desired State Configuration deploys and manages Linux server OSes alongside Windows Server ones. Continue Reading
Microsoft's System Center Orchestrator (SCORCH) can patch Windows Server and then restart a Linux service -- it's all in the integration packs. Continue Reading
4Cloud ops? No problem-
Get help to run Linux, Windows Server on cloud
Public cloud is changing, as Microsoft Azure gains momentum in enterprise IT shops. While Windows-based workloads become more prevalent in public cloud, cloud operations teams still must maintain core Linux skills to work with popular platforms from Amazon, Google and Microsoft. Here's a window into the world of public cloud for a busy cloud ops team.
"Microsoft's big emphasis is getting people onto Azure -- whether it's Windows or Linux or using other Azure services that are more high level that don't care what OS they run on." Hear more from Wes Miller, research analyst at Directions on Microsoft, in this podcast. Continue Reading