Orin Thomas

Orin
Thomas

Orin Thomas is an MVP, an MCT, a Microsoft Regional Director, and has a string of Microsoft MCSE and MCITP certifications. He has written more than 30 books for Microsoft Press on IT Pro topics including Windows Server, Windows Client, SQL Server, Exchange, and System Center. He is an author at PluralSight and is a contributing editor for Windows IT Pro. He has been working in IT since the early 1990's and regularly speaks at conferences in Australia and around the world. Follow him on twitter.

Articles
Value Propositions for Converged Architecture: Fewer Admins for More Workloads
One of the most common misconceptions among those who don’t rigorously examine CapEx and OpEx spreadsheets is where the highest costs in an organization’s IT infrastructure are.
Value Propositions of Converged Architecture: Lifecycle Management
When you make a substantial financial outlay for hardware to host IT infrastructure workload, you, and the people who sign the checks, want to be certain that you get as much as possible out of your investment.
Value Propositions: Converged Architecture and the Cloud
If you listen to some vendors, there is no need for on-premises infrastructure anymore. Everything that you want to do you, you can do in the cloud. All you need to do is rent the infrastructure--no capital expenditure cost, just ongoing usage-based operational expenditures. The reality isn’t quite that straightforward.
Value Propositions: Converged Architecture and Containers
In recent years there has been a trend toward increasing workload density. A decade and a half ago, you would generally run one workload on one hardware chassis. While it was certainly possible to install different products, such as Exchange Server or SQL Server, on the same server running Windows 2000, administrators would generally avoid doing so unless they were deploying a Small Business Server-type solution. If you were doing enterprise IT on Windows systems in those days, you’d rarely see SQL Server and Exchange Server on the same chassis in a production environment. All that changed with the widespread adoption of virtualization.
Value Propositions of Converged Architecture: Ease of Expandability
In a perfect world, IT pros correctly estimate the workload of a particular server over the course of its projected lifetime. When they purchase the hardware for that workload, the workload grows into the hardware until it fits like a glove. Unfortunately, when most workload estimates bump up against reality, they are found wanting.
Value Propositions of Converged Architecture: Manageability
One of the expensive challenges of hosting any workload at significant scale is server sprawl. For example, many organizations start off with one Exchange Server. This server eventually reaches capacity, so they add another. Then perhaps another, and then an extra because they want to ensure that they have enough capacity in the event that one of the existing servers fails.
Value Propositions of Converged Architecture: Ease of Expandability
In a perfect world, IT pros correctly estimate the workload of a particular server over the course of its projected lifetime. When they purchase the hardware for that workload, the workload grows into the hardware until it fits like a glove. Unfortunately, when most workload estimates bump up against reality, they are found wanting.
Value Propositions of Converged Architecture: Workload Efficiency
Better workload efficiency is one of the reasons converged architecture might be right for you.
Administering Converged Architecture: What You Need to Know (Literally)
Managing a converged architecture system isn’t the same as managing your typical virtualization host or SharePoint server. With a converged architecture system, you need to understand what’s going on with the whole systems administration stack.
Converged Architecture is a Long-Term Investment
These days, it is not unusual for a physical server to have an operational lifespan of a decade or more. So, when it comes to configuring servers, the present and the future must be kept in mind.
5 Use Cases for Better Converged Infrastructure Economics
For any technology to succeed, there must first be a good use case around deployment and utilization. Converged infrastructure is no exception. Here are five ways in which converged infrastructure can help companies overcome some of the many challenges facing the modern data center.
Converged Architecture Security: Administration Is a Key Concern
Converged architecture systems integrate a substantial amount of existing infrastructure, so security of CA is of utmost importance. When designing the administration model for converged architecture systems, you need to ensure that all elements are as locked down as possible.
Converged Architecture and Nano Server
Windows Server 2016’s new installation option, Nano Server, can boost the number of virtual machines that can be run on converged architecture.
Why VM Templates Are a Must When It Comes to Converged Architecture
One of the big benefits of converged architecture is its massive scalability, so effective management requires good time management. If you aren’t efficient with your administrative approach, you won’t be able to leverage a converged architecture system to its full capacity. This is especially true when it comes to managing a converged architecture system configured to host virtual machines.
Optimizing Mobile Access for VDI
Virtual desktop technology is highly flexible in supporting a wide array of mobile clients and operating systems. Yet, not every mobile device setup delivers a great user experience.
Comments
Security Sense: Are You Prepared for Your Private Things to be Made Public?
July 15, 2015

Probably those pictures of you, me, and Lars hooning about Sydney Harbor on the peddle boat dressed as the Village People.

Security Sense: Watching the Watchers: What We’re Learning from the Hacking Team Breach
July 7, 2015

Shane Harris. @War. I keep saying you should read it Troy! www.amazon.com/War-Rise-Military-Internet-Complex/dp/0544251792/ref=sr_1_1?ie=UTF8&qid=1436271460&sr=8-1...

Windows 10 Device Guard locks machines down for security and safety
April 22, 2015

Sounds like they rebadged AppLocker

A command line future: Part 1
March 16, 2015

Will definitely incorporate this into Part II ;-)

Windows Server 2003 EOL’s Y2K Problem
March 11, 2015

I did months of running around as well checking computers for possible faults, running tests, the whole bit.

But the perception was that Y2K was a fizzer.

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