Enterprises should not deploy Windows 2000 at the desktop or departmental level for at least nine months after the operating system (OS) ships and delay larger implementations for about 18 months.
Although Microsoft is likely to stop selling Windows NT 4.0 about nine months after it releases Windows 2000, the new iteration of the OS will be less reliable than its predecessor until the end of 2001, according to Tom Bittman, Gartner Group?s vice president and research director at the market research firm?s Windows NT in the Enterprise conference in Palm Springs on Monday.
As a result, users should wait until the first major proven service pack has been delivered at the end of 2000 and beware of the Active Directory elements of Windows 2000 because its performance characteristics, bandwidth requirements, scalability and stability are unknown.
?At least 50 per cent of the NT installed base will skip release 1.0 of Windows 2000 and wait for release 2.0 or beyond. It will be less reliable than NT 4.0 for about a year, although we expect its uptime to be better,? he said.
?Windows 2000 has been painted as the manageability release and it has some additional plumbing such as revamping the directory infrastructure, internal management services and security services, but this is mainly for ISVs and there are no obvious advantages for users,? he continued.
In addition, server versions of the OS will also include only limited tools for troubleshooting, diagnostics and auditing, which make it risky for large network OS deployments, But, while the Microsoft marketing machine is raising quality as a key benefit, Bittman added, it recently admitted that it had found 400 memory leaks in NT 4.0, all of which the software giant claimed would be fixed in Windows 2000.
However, because the development process that created the leaks in NT 4.0 is still being used for its successor, Bittman said he had little reason to expect higher quality in Microsoft?s largest and most complex development project ever.
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