Memories of being a university sysadmin

Early in my career I had to maintain the Windows servers but was specifically not allowed to use the SysInternals tools because “third-party free utilities you can just download are unsafe and prohibited.”

Late 1990s and early 2000s Windows management without those tools – with only what MS provided with the OS and what was available on MSDN – was at best difficult and often impossible.

During the early 2000s I suggested we investigate Linux. That earned me a bad reputation in the department; I was told that moving to Linux was “betting the farm” and the old “nobody ever got fired for buying IBM” line was used.