Apple to take aim at Windows server users with Tiger’s new NT migration tool

“Microsoft’s competitors smell blood in the enterprise waters. They are swarming around NT 4.0 like sharks. And Apple is among the school of circling predators. Like Red Hat, Novell, Sun and other vendors, Apple sees a silver lining in Microsoft’s decision to phase out support for NT Server 4.0 at the end of this year,” Mary Jo Foley reports for Microsoft Watch.

“To capitalize on potentially disenfranchised Windows server customers, Apple is planning on providing an NT migration tool as part of the Mac OS X Server 10.4 Tiger release, due out in the first half of 2005. It will be built right into the server operating system. (The tool also will enable users to migrate from Windows Server 2000 to Tiger, Apple officials said.) The new tool will aid companies in migrating user and group account information from an existing Windows primary domain controller automatically into Apple’s Open Directory,” Foley reports. “This will allow Tiger Server to take over as the primary domain controller for Windows clients ‘and even host Windows users’ home directories, group folders, roaming profiles and shared printers,’ according to Apple.”

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  1. I wonder if M$ is developing a plan to “patch” NT 4.0 and Windows Server 2000 in an attempt to break the migration tool in Tiger? ” width=”19″ height=”19″ alt=”tongue wink” style=”border:0;” />

    While every increase in Mac marketshare is welcome, I wonder how much impact this migration capability will have. Unless a company’s server hardware is nearing end of life, it seems unlikely that it would jump at the opportunity to switch to MacOS X 10.4 server. Hopefully I am wrong and Xserve sales will go through the roof. I can see the advertising now —- “It’s not just for supercomputer clusters anymore!”

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