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.

Post DFS Migration Considerations
Once you’ve migrated your DFS infrastructure from Server 2003 to Server 2012 R2, there are some housekeeping issues to which you should attend.
Migrating from 2003 DFS to 2012 R2 DFS 1
Depending on the complexity of your DFS deployment, a migration from Server 2003 to Server 2012 R2 can be straightforward or frighteningly complex.
The Millennium Falcon Rule: If It Is Working ... 4
Many sysadmins have the same attitude towards the networks they manage that Han Solo has towards the Millennium Falcon. The cardinal rule is “if it is currently working, don’t mess with it.”
The IT Pro as Sisyphus.
Sisyphus was the figure from Greek mythology whose punishment for avarice was to roll a boulder up a hill, only to watch it roll back down to the base where he’d need to repeat the task. There are parallels with Sisyphus when it comes to IT Pros and the knowledge required to stay near the top of your game in the industry.
Assessing your organization’s DFS deployment
Although the setup looks the same and the topology options remain familiar for those that have deployed DFS with Windows Server 2003, there have been substantial improvements with DFS with the releases of Windows Server 2008, Windows Server 2008 R2, Windows Server 2012 and Windows Server 2012 R2.
Server 2003 Anti-Malware Migration 1
Many organizations deploy anti-malware software to servers as well as clients. Upgrading from Server 2003 to Server 2012 R2 gives you a chance to re-evaluate your organization’s server anti-malware solution.
Should IT Pros be excluded from BYOD? 3
IT Pros, by their nature, are highly computer literate. They know how to manage their computers, why not allow them to bring their own laptops to the office and use them for work?
Migrating WSUS From Server 2003 to Server 2012 R2
You can migrate a WSUS deployment hosted on Windows Server 2003 to a server running Windows Server 2012 R2 as long as you follow a particular set of steps.
Assessing WSUS Infrastructure
Most networks with Windows Server 2003 deployed have a couple of WSUS servers deployed. Prior to migrating to Server 2012 R2, you should evaluate your WSUS infrastructure and decide how to transition WSUS so that it is hosted on the new operating system.
The most important skill to pick up after migrating from Windows Server 2003
Chances are that if a big part of your organization’s environment involves Windows Server 2003, then you’ve probably not spent much time exploring PowerShell. And at this point, you’re probably tired of people talking about how you should get around to learning PowerShell.
Improving Windows Firewall Configuration
When migrating from Windows Server 2003 to Windows Server 2012 R2, you should take some time do reassess the way that client firewalls are configured for the servers in your organization. The uncomfortable reality is that on many internal organizational networks, server (and client) firewalls are disabled entirely.
Part of the near future has a Raspberry flavor
Like many others, I picked up a Raspberry Pi 2 in the last few weeks. I didn’t get around to buying the first one so I’m a little late to this particular bandwagon. But after hearing that Windows would be released for the Pi 2, I thought “that actually sounds like it might be cool”.
2003 Migration and Domain Isolation Policies
You’re migrating from Server 2003 to Server 2012 R2, why not take the opportunity to enhance security with domain isolation policies?
Migrating computer accounts from a Server 2003 to a Server 2012 R2 forest
When performing a forest migration from a Server 2003 to a Server 2012 R2 forest, you could manually remove each computer from the source forest and then manually join it to the destination forest.
So why are so many people still using Windows Server 2003 anyway? 5
A good mate said to me the other day “tell a bloke in 2003 that he’ll get 12 years work out of a computer and he’ll be pleased. But in 2015 if you tell him the same computer needs to be replaced it’s worked well for 12 years and he’ll be annoyed”
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.


So why are so many people still using Windows Server 2003 anyway?
February 17, 2015

Thanks for the comments! What you are saying doesn't surprise me, but I may reference them in a future article on this issue.

Great products need great documentation
February 10, 2015

Alas the cost of creating great documentation is usually a lot higher than the revenue gained from publishing it as a separate product. That's why you rarely see great...

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