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.

Admins Are Managing More and More Servers—and They Like It
One of the most noticeable changes in server administration during the last few decades has been the increase in the number of servers that individual administrators are responsible for managing. Times have certainly changed.
VDI and Very Large Files
Gigabyte and larger files clog up the network; VDI keeps them in the data center instead.
Lifespan Assumptions: Converged Architecture and Long-Term Workloads
When many IT professionals first got into server administration, Moore’s Law meant that servers hosting critical workloads had a very limited effective lifespan. Newer processors outpaced those being used for specific server workloads within months. And it was only a matter of years before a formerly cutting-edge server was relegated to a less-processor-intensive role--such as a file server or, in smaller environments, a domain controller. Times sure have changed.
VDI and Compute-Intensive Workloads
Today, designers don’t need a fancy PC to work with CAD and other graphics-rich applications. VDI enables access even from a consumer-friendly tablet.
Get the Most Bang for Your Server Buck
The saying “jack of all trades and master of none” provides insight into the benefits of converged architecture over off-the-shelf servers. You can deploy any workload on an off-the-shelf server and the workload will likely perform in an adequate manner; workloads with unique performance characteristics, on the other hand, are unlikely to perform as well as they would on server hardware optimized for that workload.
VDI as a Method of Minimizing Information Leakage
With BYOD and an increasingly connected workforce, risks grow. VDI helps keep those risks in check without alienating users.
How VDI Improves Security
Getting 95% of computers up to date is more of an aspirational goal than a reality. VDI helps.
Converged Infrastructure Simplifies Vendor Accountability
Any kind of system failure is bad for IT, but it’s a real nightmare when your vendors seem more concerned about shifting blame than helping to resolve the problem.
How Converged Architecture Allays Update Fears
Systems administrators react to software updates with the enthusiasm that they usually reserve for a root canal. This is because software updates add an element of chaotic unpredictability to a system that is functioning smoothly.
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
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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