Making Windows work for Linux and OS X admins

If you are a Linux or OS X power user, then you’re used to having all the necessary tools built into your OS. When you log into a Windows system (What! No command line?) you may feel lost. These tools and shortcuts will help you be productive on Windows systems.

Windows Shortcuts

  • Alt-x is a magic shortcut key on Windows 8 and Server 2012. It pops up a little menu in the lower right corner of the screen which contains just the items that an admin needs. Try it!

Windows Programs

If you want Windows to work a little bit like Linux or OS X, you need to install a few of these free programs. Some are gratis, and some are libre.

Linux Software

  • SSSD is the easy way to authenticate against Active Directory from a Linux system.
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