Design Objectives

I'm as much of a hardware/software geek as the next administrator. I admire innovative technology packed with cutting edge ideas. But networks don't exist just for administrators. We just tend the farm. Somebody else eats the crop. Like it or not, networks exist for users.

Every administrator has war stories about impatient users who babble and scream when faced with even the most trivial network operation. Map a drive? Forget it. Connect to a printer? Out of the question. Users demand simple, reliable, high-performance access to network resources. If a resource is more than two clicks away or requires learning anything that remotely smacks of jargon, the resource might as well be in the Far Magellanic Clouds. If your Active ...

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