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.

Proactive and reactive Server Administration
Someone once suggested to me that proactive server administration was an aspirational rather than realistic state of affairs.
Today's cutting edge is tomorrow's assumed knowledge
Being an IT Pro is a bit different to other careers in that many of the job skills you have today will be outdated and maybe even irrelevant in ten years time. Today’s cutting edge is tomorrow’s assumed knowledge. Here are five technologies that Windows Server IT Pros should get familiar with as they are likely to become very important in the next five years.
The easiest part of migrating from Server 2003
In the last post I mentioned that the hardest part of migrating from Server 2003 was getting started and maintaining momentum. So what’s the easiest part?
Toughest part of migrating from Server 2003
The toughest part of migrating from Server 2003 is getting started and maintaining momentum.
5 More Windows Server 2003 Migration Pitfalls
Migrating from Server 2003 to Server 2012 R2 includes a number of pitfalls. Here’s five more:
Using migration From Server 2003 to change your administrator account model
Migrating from Server 2003 to Server 2012 R2 gives you many opportunities to change how things are done in your organization. One of the most beneficial changes that you can make is changing your administrator account model.
Lenovo going Retro with ThinkPad design 1
I’m an unabashed ThinkPad fanboy. When I got into IT, IBM’s ThinkPad laptops were my dream machines. Over the years they’ve certainly evolved – and amongst a certain type of IT Pro some of the changes haven’t entirely been popular. ThinkPads are still at the top of my list, but even though I got a new W451 the other week as my new conference machine, I still look at the keyboard of my T400 and kinda wish it had that style, rather than the new style that’s been shipping with ThinkPads for the last few years.
HP Technology Services for Windows 2003 End-of-Life
In this video, you'll learn about HP Technology Services for Windows Server 2003 End-of-Life
The Date's Not Moving: Windows Server 2003 End Of Support
In this video Brad Anderson (Microsoft) and Chuck Smith (HP) discuss Windows Server 2003 End of Support
Needing better VM checkpoint functionality in Azure IaaS
This week I bought myself a Lenovo W541 ThinkPad with 32 GB of RAM and specced it out with more than a TB of SSD. It’s going to be my new conference lab hosting machine. What frustrates me though is that I wouldn’t need to cart around such a beast if Azure IaaS had better VM checkpoint functionality.
5 Server 2003 Migration Pitfalls
Migrating from Server 2003 to Server 2012 R2 includes a number of pitfalls. Here’s five.
Some more things you can do in PowerShell after you’ve migrated from Server 2003 to Server 2012 R2
While most cmd.exe utilities that you may have used in a Server 2003 environment are still around in Server 2012 R2, depending on how you measure it, we’re close to, at, or slightly past the point where you can do everything in PowerShell that you used to do from the command prompt.
HP Datacenter Care for Customers and Server 2003 End of Life
In this video you'll learn about HP Datacenter Care for Customers and how it relates to Windows Server 2003 End of Life
End of support not driving everyone to migrate. 1
End of support is around a month away, yet there are still millions of servers running the Windows Server 2003 operating system in operation. Eventually there will be very few servers running Windows Server 2003, but it might be that future migrations will be caused by attrition rather than any direct plans.
Some things you did in Windows Server 2003 from cmd that you can do in PowerShell in 2012 R2
The best way to learn PowerShell is to use PowerShell. One of the easiest ways to do that is to take common tasks you perform from the command prompt and to do them using PowerShell cmdlets. Here's a dozen things you do every day from cmd.exe that you can do using PowerShell.
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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