Active Directory domain joins and Microsoft certifications: less important than you think

In this new feature, we examine Windows quotes and tell the stories behind the sound bites. First up: Why you need to rethink Active Directory domain joins.

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As a wise person once said, opinions are like Windows deployment issues -- everybody's got one. (Or something like that.) With all the choice words being tossed around about Windows, Windows Server and its related technologies in interviews and blog posts, on Twitter, and at conferences, it can be hard to keep track of the conversation. In Windows Words of the Week, we'll take the temperature of the enterprise Windows community by highlighting...

its most compelling quotes, uncovering the stories behind the sound bites and adding some analysis of our own.

This week, the talk centers around the three C's: consumerization, cloud and certification.

“Domain joins are such antiquated ways of thinking. Good riddance!”
– Brian Madden, writing about why Windows RT (formerly Windows On ARM) devices won't be able to join Active Directory domains, and why it doesn't really matter. It's all about managing the user, not the device, he argues, so Microsoft is actually on the right track despite all the uproar. Now if it could just do something about that name.

“Before, there was an approval process, and we would either say yes or no. Now, rather than go through the approval process, we basically say yes to everything.”
– Curtis Gunderson, director for virtualization architecture at Unum, explaining how private cloud has helped to streamline his organization's processes. It's just one way that cloud is affecting IT operations; not every IT shop is picking up on Microsoft's private cloud push, though.  

“I think there is more than a little arrogance among the experienced. Let's say you have 20 years' experience with Microsoft Windows Server. That won't help you learn 2,400 (it’s 2,300 actually) new PowerShell commands, will it?”
– a WServer News Weekly reader on the tricky value -- or lack thereof -- of Microsoft certifications. The company recently changed its certification system again, in an effort to make them more cloud-focused, a move that's predictably stirred up debate.

 “Looking back at the amount of changes going into this release: the lines of code written, the array of features introduced… a minor revision doesn’t do justice the work that has gone in.”
– Microsoft's Jeffrey Snover, lead architect for the Windows Server division, on why SMB 2.2 has now been renamed. The latest version does indeed have several new features, but it's unlikely many IT shops will put SMB 3.0 into practice until Windows Server 2012 comes out.

“Exchange admins need to start thinking about how they're going to deal with consumerization.” 
– Exchange expert Tony Redmond during his keynote at The Experts Conference in San Diego this week. Consumerization affects every element of IT, and Exchange is no exception. During last month's Microsoft Management Summit, the company touted its ability to manage consumer devices of all stripes via Windows Intune and System Center Configuration Manager. It's worth noting that the Exchange ActiveSync protocol behind it all differs from traditional mobile device management.

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