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.

Automating VDI Updates
Consider the benefit of automatic updates to your VM images, saving IT time and money.
Migrating to Converged Architecture: Take Care
Almost every organization that adopts converged architecture has an existing workload in place. This is because converged architecture tends to be adopted for mature workloads rather than prototype or development workloads. These kinds of workloads are more typically housed on commodity hardware, until they have proven their value to the business.
The Benefits of Deduplication for VDI Servers
Virtual desktop images are storage hogs. To trim them down and save money, check out deduplication technology.
Converged Architecture: Simplifying Scale-Out
Scaling out is a process by which you increase the number of instances a workload runs on. For example, increasing capacity by having a workload shift from running on 10 computers or virtual machines to running on 20 computers or virtual machines.
Improving VDI Performance With Tiered Storage
Tiered storage combines the performance of solid state disks with cheaper traditional hard disk drives.
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 1
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.
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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