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.

The middle aged IT Pro: Teaching old dogs new tricks 2
Windows Server 2016 involves technologies that require a substantial adjustment in the way that we do IT. NanoServer. Windows Server and Hyper-V Containers. An even greater reliance on technologies such as PowerShell, such as PowerShell DSC. If these technologies are going to be widely adopted by the every day average server wrangler, Microsoft needs the every day average server wrangler IT Pros to be able to quickly learn a massive amount of new information and new ways of doing things.
The middle aged IT Pro: Not resistant to change, just cynical about it 2
IT Pros have always been conservative by nature. I don’t mean politically conservative (though of course some of them are). I mean “don’t change anything because you might break it” conservative.
The IT Pro in middle age 7
Surveys have shown that these days the average IT Pro is in their early 40’s, is married, has kids in school, and has been in the industry around 15 years.
Attitudes to upgrading and replacing servers.
As the number of servers still running Server 2003 shows, a substantial number of organizations a “keep it deployed until it stops running” approach to server deployment.
Why did people stick with Windows Server 2003? 1
One of the interesting questions around why so many organizations hadn’t migrated from Windows Server 2003 by the time the end of support date rolled around was “what on earth made people stick with a 12 year old server operating system so long?”
Retired but not exhausted 1
One of the things that was most interesting about Windows Server 2003 End Of Support was the number of organizations still running the operating system as Microsoft’s support window expired. One of the many takeaways from this is that a good number of people are willing to continue running an OS that is more than a decade old if it still does what they want it to do.
Looking toward Server 2008 and Server 2008 R2 End of Life 2
While we’re all still thinking about Server 2003 end of life, it’s worth keeping in the back of our minds that in just under five years time, Server 2008 and Server 2008 R2 are going to reach their end of life.
Server 2003 End Of Support is here. What to do if you are still running it. 4
Panic. Run around like a chook with its head cut off.
Up to 30% of servers in datacenters are “comatose” 1
A recent study by the Jonathan Koomey of Stanford University and Anthesis Group has found that up to 30% of servers in datacenters are comatose. Comatose suggests that the servers are drawing power, but aren’t generating useful output.
The countdown to the Server 2003 end of support has almost reached zero
Windows Server 2003 support expires at 11:59:59pm, 14th July 2015. Which, no matter where you are in the world, is less than 48 hours from now.
Proactive and reactive Server Administration part III
In the previous two posts I discussed some differences between proactive and reactive server administration. In this post I discuss some things that you can do to shift more from being a reactive to a proactive server administrator.
Proactive and reactive Server Administration II
In terms of proactive and reactive Server Administration, if you are still running Server 2003 now, or were running it on production workloads in the last 18 months, it’s fair to say that you’re practicing reactive server administration.
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?
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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