Orin Thomas


Orin Thomas is an MVP, an MCT and has a string of Microsoft MCSE and MCITP certifications. He has written more than 30 books for Microsoft Press on topics including Windows Server, Windows Client, System Center, Exchange Server, Security, and SQL Server. He is an author at PluralSight and is a contributing editor at Windows IT Pro magazine. He has been working in IT since the early 1990's and regularly speaks at conferences in Australia and around the world. Orin founded and runs the Melbourne System Center, Security, and Infrastructure Group. Follow him on twitter to check out his most recent tweets.

Overview of Consolidation
When Windows Server 2003 was released, most Windows Server deployments were physical rather than virtual.
Decommission Vs Repurpose
One unusual problem that turns up when migration occurs, especially workloads have been moved off “bare metal” hardware and virtualized, is “what do we do with the bare metal hardware once the workload is migrated?”
Windows Server 2003 Migrations: Locally hosted or Cloud VMs?
When migrating workloads from Windows Server 2003 to Windows Server 2012 R2, should you deploy them locally as VMs on a virtualization host that you manage, or should you host them in the public cloud?
Department of Homeland Security issues alert about end of Windows Server 2003 support
US-CERT, the United States Computer Emergency Readiness Team has released an alert reminding people about the impending end of extended support for Windows Server 2003.
Physical or Virtual?
When planning the migration of workloads away from Windows Server 2003, you’ll need to choose whether those migrated workloads will be deployed on “bare metal hardware” or whether they will be virtualized.
Triaging Migration Workloads
Unless you’re already deeply into the migration process, it’s probable that your organization won’t have migrated all workloads from Windows Server 2003 to Windows Server 2012 R2 or another operating system by the time that the end of extended support date rolls around in July 2015.
Migrating your team’s skills – Part II
So you’re on the path to migrating from Windows Server 2003 to Windows Server 2012 R2 and know that you need to get your team skilled up so that they are knowledgeable about the new operating system.
Should you migrate Windows Server 2003 workloads to the public cloud?
Some who are planning their migration away from on premises Windows Server 2003 have wondered if instead of migrating to an on-premises hosted version of Windows Server 2012 R2, they should instead migrate their workloads to the public cloud.
Which version of Windows Server should your migration from Windows Server 2003 target?
When discussing migration away from Server 2003 with IT Pros, I occasionally get asked “well, what if we migrated to Windows Server 2008 R2 instead of Server 2012 or Server 2012 R2?”.
Should you hold off migrating from Windows Server 2003 until Server vNext is released?
Should you continue your migration to Windows Server 2012 R2 or hold off until vNext is released?
Assessing Your Windows Server 2003 deployment
One of the first things you need to do when planning a migration from Windows Server 2003 to another platform is determining the order in which to migrate workloads.
Why not run Windows Server 2003 after EOL
Computers with Windows Server 2003 installed will continue to function after 14 July 2015. They might have some sort of message that pops up reminding you that they are unsupported, but they’ll still run the services and applications that they ran on the 13th of July 2015.
Why Windows Server 2003 EOL is closer than you think
The Windows Server 2003 EOL deadline is closer than you think.
Hybrid Storage and Multiple Storage Tiers
Microsoft StorSimple can provide an easy-to-implement solution for managing data. StorSimple is configured to keep frequently accessed data on a fast, local storage tier; to move less frequently accessed data out to traditional spinning disk; and to eventually move dormant data to the cloud.
What is the value of IT industry and/or Microsoft certifications?
October 15, 2014

Certifications provide a structure (and a reason) to learn a new technology. Not everyone has the inclination to wander through (for example) the AD FS or AD RMS documentation...

Microsoft layoffs impact Exchange technical writers - where now for documentation?
September 25, 2014

If people don't know what the product does, don't expect them to discover that it does it. Getting rid of excellent documentation isn't just shooting oneself in the foot, it's...

Sad death of Exchange expert Andrew Ehrensing
September 4, 2014

Deeply saddened to hear this news. A truly wonderful genuine guy. Always helpful and smiling.

Will Microsoft Ever Break the Even-year, Windows Flop Pattern?
August 8, 2014

So why isn't the various iterations of Windows NT and Windows 2000 included in this list?

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