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.

VDI and Data Protection
Virtual desktop technology allows IT departments to provide more fool-proof backup procedures, as long as they have the right policies in place.
Converged Architecture Hardware Is Resilient, but Backup Is Still a Must
Converged architecture systems provide an amazing level of hardware resiliency. Some businesses take this to mean that they no longer need to perform backup of data and workloads running on converged architecture. Nothing could be further from the truth.
How Much RAM Does a VDI Session Require?
Calculating the proper amount of RAM for your VDI deployment is not easy, but will ensure you're delivering the optimal performance for price all around.
Converged Architecture: Data Center, Yes; Branch Office, No
The key to understanding converged architecture is knowing which workloads are suitable for the technology—and which aren’t. Converged architecture is great for big workloads that are critical to your business—a SharePoint or Exchange deployment, for example, or the need to host a large number of virtual machines. With these kinds of big workloads, it is important that every drop of performance can be wrung out of your hardware.
Advances in VDI Graphical Performance
VDI graphical performance capabilities have come a long way, making the difference between a dedicated workstation and a virtual workstation negligible.
The Choice Is Yours: Convergence vs. Cloud
You’ve got a substantial workload running on aging hardware. Eventually that hardware will reach end of life, and before that time you will need to figure out what to do with the applications running on it. You can migrate the workload to new hardware, or you can forego an on-premises deployment entirely and move the workload to the cloud.
Why Long-Term Application Commitments Are Key to Effectively Leveraging Converged Architecture
Converged architecture is tied to workload in a way that general-purpose hardware is not. For this reason, organizations need to make sure that the workloads they intend to run on converged architecture will reside on premise for the foreseeable future, rather than being transitioned to the cloud during the next few years.
The Benefits of Hyper Convergence for VDI 2
Cost-effective scalability is a core advantage of hyper-converged infrastructure.
Why Consistent Hardware Reduces Administrative Overhead
When I first started getting paid for IT support with real money, instead of muffins, dinner, and the thanks of friends and family, I had to support a large number of computers running Windows 3.11 that were connected to a university Banyan network. One of the biggest challenges of this job was that the network card drivers had to be loaded using either the autoexec.bat or config.sys files, and that there were 15 different network card models in use for the machines I supported.
Performance Monitoring and VDI
VDI can make the lives of IT and employees more productive—but only if access is fast and reliable.
Automating VDI Updates
Consider the benefit of automatic updates to your VM images, saving IT time and money.
Migrating to Converged Architecture: Take Care
Almost every organization that adopts converged architecture has an existing workload in place. This is because converged architecture tends to be adopted for mature workloads rather than prototype or development workloads. These kinds of workloads are more typically housed on commodity hardware, until they have proven their value to the business.
The Benefits of Deduplication for VDI Servers
Virtual desktop images are storage hogs. To trim them down and save money, check out deduplication technology.
Converged Architecture: Simplifying Scale-Out
Scaling out is a process by which you increase the number of instances a workload runs on. For example, increasing capacity by having a workload shift from running on 10 computers or virtual machines to running on 20 computers or virtual machines.
Improving VDI Performance With Tiered Storage
Tiered storage combines the performance of solid state disks with cheaper traditional hard disk drives.
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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