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.

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.
Using Hybrid Storage to Match Application Requirements
Hybrid storage functionality in Windows Server 2012 R2 Storage Spaces enables you to configure local tiered storage so that frequently accessed data is stored on local SSD storage, where it can be retrieved rapidly.
Increasing Storage Efficiencies with Windows Server 2012 R2 Storage Spaces
I've been pleasantly surprised by the capabilities of Storage Spaces in Windows Server 2012 and Windows Server 2012 R2. Storage Spaces abstracts away much of the detail and complexity of storage, making it much simpler and saving systems administrator hours.
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.
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 9, 2014

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

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