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 as a BYOD Solution
VDI solves the twin problems of access and security, which come with a BYOD culture.
Separating User Data and Applications in VDI Environments
Protect user data and be efficient with your apps with VDI
How Converged Architecture Eases Capacity Requirement Woes
One of the most challenging factors in scaling a workload is ensuring that the transition occurs seamlessly. Organizations certainly don’t want to replace recently purchased—and deployed-- infrastructure because the workload’s hardware requirements start to exceed what everyone thought was a hypothetical upper limit.
Converged Systems: Can You Be More Specific?
The first rule of converged systems is that you shouldn’t talk about converged systems—unless you have a specific workload in mind. Indeed, one of the key concepts to understand when it comes to converged systems is that they aren’t a one-size-fits-all solution. Rather, they should be used for specific workloads.
VDI and Rapid OS Rollout and Updates
Rolling out operating system and application updates to a fleet of traditional desktop computers can be challenging. Here's how to best navigate this endeavor.
IT Innovators: Secure Your Hybrid Cloud Virtual Machines by Encrypting Them
Orin Thomas takes a look at encrypting your hybrid cloud VMs
Choose Your Route: Persistent Virtual Desktops Vs. New Instances
A key consideration in your VDI deployment strategy is actually something very basic -- what do your users do with their desktops?
IT Innovators: Hybrid Clouds and the Benefits of a Consistent Set of Management Tools
Are systems administrators conversant with just a single set of management tools more efficient? Yes, and here's why...
Converged Infrastructure: Workload-Specific Systems Ease ‘Administrivia’
Getting What You Need Out of Converged Infrastructure
What You Need to Know About Containers and the Benefits of a Hybrid Cloud
Questions about recent tech previews? Orin Thomas has the answers you want about containers and the hybrid cloud.
Why Organizations Might Need a Hybrid Cloud
The reason many companies adopt a hybrid cloud is often one that isn’t the most obvious at first glance.
Server 2003 isn’t efficient to manage
Another bullet point on the endless list of reasons not to run Windows Server 2003 is that it’s less efficient to manage than newer versions of Windows Server
Sneaking off Server 2003: Derelict servers
In some organizations, computers were running Server 2003 not because it hosted a critical non-migratable workload, but because the server had been forgotten and was a data center derelict.
Sneaking off Server 2003: Indirect Migration
You’ve may have heard of shadow IT. It’s where users do an end-run around IT department policies and spin up their own servers in the cloud or use file sharing services to store organizational files. IT departments constrained by management foot dragging on Server 2003 migration can, to an extent, take matters into their own hands.
Recovering Server 2003 after a disaster
Running an OS in a production environment means that you need to be able to recover it when something goes catastrophically wrong.
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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