Orin Thomas

Orin Thomas is a contributing editor for Windows IT Pro and a Windows Security MVP. He has authored or coauthored more than a dozen books for Microsoft Press, and he writes the Hyperbole, Embellishment, and System Administration Blog.

Articles by Orin Thomas
Using Windows Azure for Data Protection
Windows Azure Backup provides a straightforward solution to the problem of getting protected data offsite.
Automated Backups for Critical Business Data
How many layers of redundancy your storage array has or how many nodes are in your failover cluster doesn’t matter when it comes to data corruption caused by improperly functioning applications, malware infestations, user mistakes, or even systems administrator errors.
Inside Windows Server 2012 R2 SMB 3.0
When I first learned what was possible with SMB 3.0 in Windows Server 2012 R2, I was a little taken aback. I wondered if I’d misheard what was being said about the new capabilities.
wrenches and sockets symbolizing application compatibility
Windows XP Migration: Application Compatibility Toolkit 1
The Microsoft Application Compatibility Toolkit (ACT) allows you to find and solve application compatibility problems before migrating from Windows XP to Windows 8.1/8 or Windows 7.
Windows laptop with screen blowing apart, symbolizing operating system migration
Windows XP Migration: User State Migration Toolkit 1
The Microsoft User State Migration Toolkit (USMT) allows you to easily migrate settings and data from a Windows XP computer to a Windows 8.1/8 or Windows 7 computer.
System Center 2012 Operations Manager
Learn What System Center 2012 Operations Manager Can Do for You
System Center 2012 Operations Manager sends email notifications about the status of all the servers, services, devices, and applications in your environment or you can monitor them from a central console. Orin Thomas shares how easy it is to create monitors, set up rules, and receive alert notifications.
Understanding System Center 2012 Configuration Manager
Learn the basics of Microsoft’s solution for managing the configuration of client computers and devices.
Windows Server 2012: Making DHCP Highly Available
Windows Server 2012 simplifies and improves DHCP availability by introducing a DHCP failover feature to the DHCP role service.
Top 5 Roles for Deploying Windows Server 2012
Learn the necessary steps to deploy Windows Server 2012 as an Active Directory domain controller, as a file server, and as the host operating system for SQL Server 2012, Exchange Server 2013, and SharePoint 2013.
Comparative Review: Exchange Server e-Discovery
Sherpa Software's Discovery Attender and Quest Software's Archive Manager go beyond the basic e-discovery functionality offered in Exchange Server 2010.
System Center 2012 Suite
A major overhaul in the Microsoft System Center suite helps IT pros configure and manage applications, services, computers, and VMs.
Product Review: VMware Protect Essentials Plus
The capabilities of VMware vCenter Protect Essentials Plus go well beyond what's available in tools such as the Microsoft Baseline Security Analyzer (MBSA).
Understanding System Center Orchestrator 2012 2
Leverage System Center Orchestrator 2012 to automate day-to-day systems administration tasks. Orchestrator provides a simplified way of building complex automation.
Product Review: Enterprise Random Password Manager
Centralize—and improve—the management of privileged account passwords with this comprehensive tool, but be ready for a bit of culture shock.
Review: Dell KACE K2000
The Dell KACE K2000 is a OS deployment appliance supports both Mac OS and Windows OS images.
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