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.

Client OSD in a future without wired Ethernet connections.
It won’t have escaped your notice that the majority of Windows computers used these days are laptops or hybrid tables (like the Surface). It also won’t have escaped your notice that the majority of these laptops and tablets ship without a wired ethernet port. Given the likely continuation of this trend, what does this mean for the future of client operating system deployment?
Why auditors will be looking for Server 2003 after the EOS date
Most compliance legislation says you need to be running a supported operating system and applications. Running Server 2003 after the end of extended support is an obvious compliance violation.
Compliance and Server 2003
For many organizations, compliance might be the most compelling reason to move from Windows Server 2003 to Windows Server 2012 R2.
Certificate autoenrollment and replacement
Autoenrollment is a process where you can use group policy to automatically enroll users, computers, and devices in certificates.
BitLocker, VHDs, and the Cloud
Virtual hard disks (in VHD or VHDX format) aren’t just for virtual machines. You may have noticed that in Windows 8.1 and some earlier Microsoft OS you can create a virtual hard disk using the Disk Management node of the Computer Management Console, mount it, and then encrypt the mounted virtual hard disk them using BitLocker.
Migrating a CRL Distribution Point
Certificate Revocation List (CRL) distribution points hold files which store the serial numbers of all certificates that have revoked by the issuing CA. Each issued certificate stores the address of CRL distribution points that have information about whether or not the certificate is valid.
Migrating a subordinate Server 2003 CA
Just as is the case with a root CA, depending on your configuration, migrating a subordinate CA running Server 2003 can be straightforward or rather complicated.
Pace yourself when consuming recorded sessions from BUILD and Ignite
In just a couple of weeks, a fire hose of new information is going to come out of the BUILD and Ignite conferences. It won’t be about finding needles in a haystack. There will be so many needles, you’ll be wishing for a bit of haystack just to have a rest.
Less than 100 days to go and 60% of organizations in Asia Pacific still have at least one instance of Server 2003
According to a survey by Spiceworks of organizations in Australia, New Zealand, Indonesia, Malaysia, Philippines, Singapore and Thailand, approximately 60% are still running at least one instance of Server 2003.
Migrating a Server 2003 Root CA
The Root CA is the apex of a CA chain, which makes migrating an Enterprise Root CA or a stand alone root CA a bit of a challenge.
Certificate Services Migration Considerations
When planning a certificate services migration from CAs running Windows Server 2003 to CAs running Windows Server 2012 R2, there are a couple of things that you should watch out for.
Assessing Certificate Services
Before you start migrating certificate services from Server 2003 to Server 2012 R2, you need to have an understanding of what your current certificate services deployment looks like.
Just because it doesn’t have a local GUI doesn’t stop you from managing it remotely with one.
One of the reservations I see expressed when I talk to some server admins about Server Core is that it’s hard to manage.
On Premises Windows Servers Aren't Going Away
Some people are worried with the push into the cloud that Microsoft is going to forget all about on premises servers.
Server 2003 Remote Access Migration Part 2
Windows Server 2012 R2 provides a variety of remote access solutions, assuming that your clients are running Windows 7 or later. Up until the XP EOL date, the client requirements for the newer technologies meant that many organizations didn’t explore these options, simply because the bulk of their fleets were running operating systems that didn’t support the newer technologies.
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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