Originally Posted by sub50hz
Why? Nothing you do on your end workstation is of any significance, any good admin should know the heavy lifting is best left to Linux machines.
Ok, a few points here:
1. They absolutely conform to network "standards", so I'm not sure what you're on about.
2. Monitoring tools? Why are you trying to do this on a client machine? Use something like Centreon, Nagios, Corvil, EndaceProbe, etc etc. Client machines should not make a difference to how you implement monitoring. Every good monitoring tool is typically served up in a web UI, even Solarwinds is pretty flexible in that regard.
3. Macs work with AD using LDAP, so long as your domain isn't a .local (and even then, this only applies to 10.10 and 10.11)
4. Office works fine on a Mac, maybe it doesn't for you if you are the type of lazy admin who has been sitting on an ancient version of Exchange because "it mostly works"
5. I'm not sure what industry standards you're talking about.
Again, this is mystifying. Consoles are provided to you with a simple USB-serial adapter. OSX has support for things like that. SSH is built in. Have... have you ever used a Mac? And ease up on your "CONFIGURE THIS LOAD BALANCER" nonsense, if you really want to come off as elitist, we can start talking about networking in finserv/HFT that's beyond the scope of anything you'll touch in the next 10 years.
Yeah, just like your baseless assumptions and general inability to learn about an OS before trashing it with reckless abandon.
1. They don't tolerate EAP-TTLS for starters, nor do they retain network certs signed locally, or dot1x, or corporate wide anti-virus.
2. Have you ever tired to use a web UI while using your wifi adapter to hunt down a rogue device spoofing itself as an AP to scan for logon credentials?
3. I will personally give you $100 if you can get a mac to connect to a corporate environment that uses AD to assign access to shared resources, group policies, and goes out of its way to provide endpoint security.
4. Office does not work fine on a mac, office doesn't work fine on a PC. Office is a bloated mess whose only redeeming factor is Excel.
5. USB-to-serial adapters require adapters and I have yet to come across one that isn't USB 2.0 and doesn't require a driver. DP is not widely used since most companies keep monitors until they die. Even then, most new ones don't support display port. Thunderbolt is just a joke that will end up like firewire.
I have used Mac's, they are great for someone who is into media creation and can't be bothered to use common tools like Soundforge/Acid, FL Studio, Anything Adobe, or many others.
The key thing here is that Mac's are not as versitile as their PC counterparts, nor are they as secure, nor do they comply with widely accepted practices like AD and group policy.
And as for your comment about doing PROD over WiFi, Have you ever tired to build the backbone that would connect about 6000 total devices to a single data center and how much that would cost? Especially when people move their computers for meetings?
WiFi is not a secondary network that can be forgotten, and I have never seen a mac do what a PC can do for ease of connectivity, endpoint security, and transmit encryption.