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  • It's possible that a lot of the antagonism in the responses you received was due to expressing your questions using terms you understood (i.e. Unix terminology) rather than in terms the people you asked understood (i.e. Windows terminology). While you can't use the terminology you don't understand; they may be incapable of understanding the question when expressed in terminology they don't use.

    I once tried to set up a Samba server. The documentation told me how to set up a huge number of things. An experienced SMB admin would know what those things were and how they'd choose an appropriate subset of the things for their particular needs, and how to configure the Windows boxes to make use of those things. But I was looking to set up Samba because I had no interest in becoming a Windows admin. What I needed was a Unix terminology description of Samba and how it can be used for administering an Windows network. That documentation was useless to me.

    • Thank you for this very nice, insightful reply -- this completely didn't occur to me. I was aware that I was in no position to illustrate the ways in which Micorosoft Windows has an edge over Unix, of course, but that was pretty obvious at least =)