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 writes the Hyperbole, Embellishment, and Systems Administration Blog. 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.

Windows Server 2003 Migrations: Should you migrate to a new forest?
One of the big questions, when considering migrating from Server 2003 to Server 2012 R2 is whether your should upgrade your existing Active Directory environment, or whether you should migrate to a new Active Directory environment.
Great products need great documentation 3
A poorly documented product feature may as well not have shipped. Time poor server administrators are more likely to use a search engine to figure out how something works than they are to faff about exploring the interface.
Post Server 2003 WDS Migration
After migrating your Windows Deployment Services servers from Server 2003 to Server 2012 R2, there are a few housekeeping steps you need to take.
IT Pros and Structured Learning 2
The advantage of structured learning is that often we’ll learn things that we didn’t expect to learn.
IT Pros and Just In Time learning
“Just in time” learning is where you have a problem you need to solve and then you learn enough to solve that problem.
IT Pros and the art of constant learning
Terry Pratchett once said that he didn’t live life in the fast lane, he felt he was living his life in oncoming traffic. That’s a perfect description of being an IT Pro.
Migrating WDS from Server 2003 to Windows Server 2012 R2
Migrating WDS from Server 2003 to Windows Server 2012 R2 is for the most part a matter of taking the images you’ve got on your Server 2003 WDS server and importing them on your Windows Server 2012 R2 WDS server.
Assessing your Server 2003 Windows Deployment Services infrastructure
Windows Deployment Services (WDS) allows you to perform unicast and multicast deployment of operating systems. It debuted with Windows Server 2003 Service Pack 2.
Logon Scripts, Group Policy Preferences, and Server 2003 End Of Life: Part 3
One of my favorite things about group policy preferences is the method that you can use to target groups of users or computers.
Logon Scripts, Group Policy Preferences, and Server 2003 End Of Life: Part 2

In this post I’ll cover some of what you can do with group policy preferences. In the next post I’ll talk about how you can target these settings on the basis of computer or user properties.

If you haven’t already, it’s worth having a quick look at what options are available in the Group Policy Preferences section of a GPO hosted of a Windows Server 2012 R2 functional level domain controller.

You can use Group Policy Preferences to configure the following:

Logon Scripts, Group Policy Preferences, and Server 2003 Migration: Part 1
Logon scripts are the bane of many server administrators. The group policy preferences feature that debuted in Windows Server 2008 can help you reduce or eliminate them.
IPAM managed DHCP server requirements
In the last post we discussed IPAM http://windowsitpro.com/windows-server-2003-end-support/understanding-ipam, a technology that allows you to centralize the management of your organization’s DHCP server. It’s important to realize that you are not limited to using IPAM to manage DHCP servers running Windows Server 2012 and Windows Server 2012 R2.
Understanding IPAM
When planning the migration of your DHCP infrastructure to Windows Server 2012 R2, you should also consider adopting centralized DHCP management through IPAM.
Migrating DHCP from Server 2003 to Server 2012 R2
Once you’ve ensured that you’ve documented your existing DHCP server configuration, you can migrate the DHCP server database from a Windows Server 2003 host to Windows Server 2012 R2.
Assessing Windows Server 2003 DHCP Deployment
Prior to migrating your DHCP servers from Windows Server 2003 to Windows Server 2012 R2, you’ll need to get a good idea of what your DHCP deployment looks like. Just so that you can be sure that you don’t miss anything.
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...

IT Pros and Structured Learning
February 6, 2015

An advantage of classroom learning is that it gets people out of the work environment so that they can actually get some learning time. ;-)

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