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.

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.
Post DFS Migration Considerations
Once you’ve migrated your DFS infrastructure from Server 2003 to Server 2012 R2, there are some housekeeping issues to which you should attend.
Migrating from 2003 DFS to 2012 R2 DFS 1
Depending on the complexity of your DFS deployment, a migration from Server 2003 to Server 2012 R2 can be straightforward or frighteningly complex.
The Millennium Falcon Rule: If It Is Working ... 4
Many sysadmins have the same attitude towards the networks they manage that Han Solo has towards the Millennium Falcon. The cardinal rule is “if it is currently working, don’t mess with it.”
The IT Pro as Sisyphus.
Sisyphus was the figure from Greek mythology whose punishment for avarice was to roll a boulder up a hill, only to watch it roll back down to the base where he’d need to repeat the task. There are parallels with Sisyphus when it comes to IT Pros and the knowledge required to stay near the top of your game in the industry.
Assessing your organization’s DFS deployment
Although the setup looks the same and the topology options remain familiar for those that have deployed DFS with Windows Server 2003, there have been substantial improvements with DFS with the releases of Windows Server 2008, Windows Server 2008 R2, Windows Server 2012 and Windows Server 2012 R2.
Server 2003 Anti-Malware Migration 1
Many organizations deploy anti-malware software to servers as well as clients. Upgrading from Server 2003 to Server 2012 R2 gives you a chance to re-evaluate your organization’s server anti-malware solution.
Should IT Pros be excluded from BYOD? 3
IT Pros, by their nature, are highly computer literate. They know how to manage their computers, why not allow them to bring their own laptops to the office and use them for work?
Migrating WSUS From Server 2003 to Server 2012 R2
You can migrate a WSUS deployment hosted on Windows Server 2003 to a server running Windows Server 2012 R2 as long as you follow a particular set of steps.
Assessing WSUS Infrastructure
Most networks with Windows Server 2003 deployed have a couple of WSUS servers deployed. Prior to migrating to Server 2012 R2, you should evaluate your WSUS infrastructure and decide how to transition WSUS so that it is hosted on the new operating system.
The most important skill to pick up after migrating from Windows Server 2003
Chances are that if a big part of your organization’s environment involves Windows Server 2003, then you’ve probably not spent much time exploring PowerShell. And at this point, you’re probably tired of people talking about how you should get around to learning PowerShell.
Improving Windows Firewall Configuration
When migrating from Windows Server 2003 to Windows Server 2012 R2, you should take some time do reassess the way that client firewalls are configured for the servers in your organization. The uncomfortable reality is that on many internal organizational networks, server (and client) firewalls are disabled entirely.
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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