Orin Thomas

Orin
Thomas

Orin Thomas is an MVP, an MCT and has a string of Microsoft MCSE and MCITP certifications. He has written more than 30 books for Microsoft Press on topics including Windows Server, Windows Client, System Center, Exchange Server, Security, and SQL Server. He is an author at PluralSight and is a contributing editor at Windows IT Pro magazine. He has been working in IT since the early 1990's and regularly speaks at conferences in Australia and around the world. Orin founded and runs the Melbourne System Center, Security, and Infrastructure Group. Follow him on twitter to check out his most recent tweets.

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Acronis Recovery for MS SQL Server Management Console screenshot
SQL Server Backup Comparison 2
If SQL Server's native tools aren't meeting your database backup and restore needs, there are alternative tools you can use. Here's a look at how backup solutions from Acronis, Quest Software, and Red Gate Software stack up against each other.
How to Upgrade to SQL Server 2008 from SQL Server 2000 2
There’s a lot to know about upgrading from SQL Server 2000 to 2008. This article guides you through the process.
Compression in SQL Server 2008
Get the facts about the new data compression feature in SQL Server 2008 and the stored procedure that can help you estimate how much space you might save by compressing your data.

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Sep 1, 2015
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Stop Using INFORMATION_SCHEMA and SysObjects for Exists Checks

Code like this isn’t optimal: IF EXISTS(SELECT * FROM sys.objects WHERE name = N'TableToDrop' AND type = 'U')         DROP TABLE TableToDrop; GO Neither is this: IF EXISTS(SELECT TABLE_NAME FROM INFORMATION_SCHEMA.TABLES WHERE TABLE_NAME = 'TableToDrop')         DROP TABLE TableToDrop; GO Yet, I see both of those used all of the time – over and over again. Even though it’s 2015.  ...More
Aug 27, 2015
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A Replacement for Maintenance Plan Backups 1

This blog post is a bit of a ‘repeat’ – since I already covered much of the rationale behind this post in Part 23 of my multi-part series on AlwaysOn Availability Groups and SQL Server Agent Jobs. But, I also figured that this is enough of an important topic to merit its own blog post....More
Aug 19, 2015
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Looking forward to Containers

Virtualization has long been a staple when it comes to computing. In essence, virtualization is really just the use of abstraction to make things either easier to manage or more fault-tolerant. Disks, for example, have long been virtualized in the sense that a single, physical, can easily be divided up into multiple logical (or virtual) volumes (or drives) just as easily as a number of discreet physical disks can also be virtualized into a single drive (via RAID) – which can further be partitioned into volumes, LUNs, and so....More
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