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.

Group Policy Alternatives: Part 2
In the last article I discussed some of the reasons that Group Policy, a configuration solution that was perfect for organizations with a single OS desk bound fleet of computers in the early 2000s may not be the best solution for an organization with a heterogeneous OS mobile fleet of computers in the mid 20-teens.
Windows Server Technical Preview expires 15 April 2015 2
While Windows 10 technical preview has had quite a few updates since its initial release back late last year, we’ve only had the one release of Windows Server Technical Preview.
Group Policy Alternatives: Part 1
When group policy debuted 15 years ago, most organizational computers were desk bound in offices. Today’s computers are different, and so is the manner in which organizations manage their configuration.
Migrating Group Policy
Migrating group policies from one domain to another in a forest, or from one forest to another isn’t as straightforward as it might initially seem.
Does the future of the Windows Server CLI include cmd.exe?
It seems that PowerShell continues to become more fully featured every day. If we haven’t yet reached it, it seems as though we are close getting to the stage that almost every task that can be performed from the Windows CLI can be performed using PowerShell.
Assessing Your Server 2003 Group Policy Configuration
For most of the last decade and a half, group policy has been the primary method through which organizations manage the configuration of desktop computers and servers. When migrating from Windows Server 2003 to Windows Server 2012 R2, especially when performing a migration to a new forest, you’ll need to make an assessment of how you currently, and will continue, to use group policy.
Developing contingencies for servers you aren’t able to migrate before the deadline: Part 2
In the previous article I said that your first contingency plan for running servers with the Windows Server 2003 operating system after the EOS date is to get a custom support agreement. Here are some more suggestions.
Developing contingencies for servers you aren’t able to migrate before the deadline: Part 1
In the best of all worlds, you’ve already migrated from Server 2003. In all likelihood, if you are interested in this article, you’re probably somewhere in the process. It may even be that you know that you aren’t going to get to where you need to be by the end of support date. What can you do about it?
There are known vulnerabilities in Server 2003 that won’t be fixed
An assumption I see bandied about is that if a flaw is found in all versions of Windows Server before the 2K3 EOS date, and a fix is released for Windows Server 2008 and later before the 2K3 EOS date, that a fix will also be released for Windows Server 2003 before the EOS date.
A command line future: Part 1 10
If you spend any time watching the commentary on the next version of Windows Server, there’s a consistent theme around getting away from GUI based tools and getting back to the command line.
Migrating from Server 2003: On-premises or Cloud?
Perhaps the easiest type of cloud migration to perform is moving a workload from an on premises web server to one of the cloud providers.
Assessing IIS website and web application deployment
Once you’ve worked out which servers in your organization are hosting IIS, you need to determine which websites and web applications are hosted on those servers.
Supply, Demand, Salaries, and Sysadmins
If you look at salary surveys, Linux administrators are more expensive to hire than Windows administrators. The reason for this is supply and demand. The supply of Linux administrators is smaller than the demand for Linux administrators. The supply of Windows administrators is more aligned with the demand for Windows administrators.
Windows Server 2003 EOL’s Y2K Problem 3
If you were working in IT in 1999, you spent quite a bit of time thinking about the Y2K problem. The Y2K letdown (all that disaster prep, no huge disaster) lead many to start thinking of foreseeable wide scale IT problems like Windows Server 2003 EOL as “chicken little” problems.
Assessing your Windows Server 2003 IIS Infrastructure
If your organization makes use of IIS on Windows Server 2003, you’ll need to assess your IIS infrastructure prior to beginning the migration to Windows Server 2012 R2.
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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