How To Kill a Windows Network

ORA blog: The new and improved directory services integration in Panther Server make it almost effortless to bind a Mac server or client to a Windows Active Directory system. So effortless, in fact, that with two clicks and a splash of ignorance, I broke an entire network. Here’s how.

Music: Modest Mouse :: Perfect Disguise

4 Replies to “How To Kill a Windows Network”

  1. I admire any man who can turn a disaster like your networking story into an article on O’Reilly.

  2. Heh – Well, I wrote it in a tone that takes personal responsibility for the snafu, because I did after all create it. But I do think that my actions and expectations were reasonable — I expected the client to act like a client, not to go stomping all over yon and thither. I never expected Win2K to be that hell-bent on suicide (not sure why I didn’t expect that). Expected it either to work or not work; didn’t expect it all to curl up and die.

  3. Hooboy! I’m just visualizing the complete fit that must have been thrown when this happened. Bet R. had a cow. Don’t envy you for dealing with that.

  4. Actually it went pretty well, surprisingly enough. First of all, it took a long time for us even to realize whether the changes I made were the culprit – we thought it must be something else. And I think he also understood that I didn’t do anything far-fetched; I took what seemed like reasonable and innocuous action, which had a huge unanticipated effect. It was all pretty civilized. And I was apologetic.

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