QUESTION: are all windows boxes automatically members of somemicrosoft domain?

Discussion in 'Computer Security' started by S Claus, Feb 15, 2009.

  1. S Claus

    S Claus Guest

    Hi all

    I had read somewhere a comment by a Unix administrator where he
    claimed that all Windows boxes are always part of some Microsoft
    "parent" domain or something like that.

    I do not remember the exact formulation of what he called it but the
    meaning of it was that Microsoft has some-sort-of authority over all
    Windows systems.

    I was not sure if the comment had been made tongue-in-cheek.

    Anyway...could it not be determined some way if something like that
    was the case?

    Thanks in advance!
    S Claus, Feb 15, 2009
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    Volker Birk Guest

    Sounds like nonsense.

    Volker Birk, Feb 15, 2009
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    VanguardLH Guest

    S Claus wrote:
    Um, just WHERE did you *read* this self-proclaimed Unix "administrator"
    comment? Or is this really YOUR question but trying to allay negative
    replies by pretending someone else said it?
    VanguardLH, Feb 15, 2009
  4. Hello S,

    Never heard about that. Did he mention where he find that statement? Would
    be really interesting to read it. Sounds like that he will make fun with

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    Meinolf Weber
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    Meinolf Weber [MVP-DS], Feb 15, 2009
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    Gerard Bok Guest

    Maybe he was referring to the NSA-key story.
    Well, MS bashing is a popular UNIX admin's passtime.
    (Which does not mean that all stories are hoaxes :)
    Practically, millions of Windows boxes receive 'updates &
    patches' from Microsoft.
    Sometimes without any local admin intervention.
    Which does indicate some 'super admin' position, imho.
    Gerard Bok, Feb 16, 2009
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    Billb Guest

    Microsoft does not make all Windows part of some Microsoft domain.
    The article that you read was probably talking about Microsoft Product
    Authentication. This program was started a couple of years ago when
    Microsoft released it's Windows Genuine Advantage program. Under this
    program M/S can check a system before it downloads and applies O/S
    patches. Microsoft also checked to see if the O/S was properly
    purchased, and if it determined that he O/S was not properly licensed
    it would refuse to run. Microsoft has had problems with this program
    and I'm not sure where M/S is going with this program, but I believe
    it has stopped using this with Internet Explorer, and it may
    discontinue this "service" if it has not done so already.

    Billb, Feb 18, 2009
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