Russell Smith specializes in the management and security of Microsoft-based IT systems. In addition to blogging about Windows Server for the Petri IT Knowledgebase, Russell is a Contributing Editor at CDW’s Biztech Magazine and writes regularly for industry journal Windows IT Professional. Russell has more than 13 years of experience in IT, and has written a book on Windows security and co-authored one for Microsoft’s Official Academic Course (MOAC) series.
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Recent October, 2018 Stories
This month sees the Windows 10 October 2018 Update pulled from Windows Update, 49 vulnerabilities patched in Windows, and the usual round of security fixes for other Microsoft and Adobe products.
Microsoft acknowledges disappearing files after installation of the Windows 10 October 2018 Update (version 1809) and pauses rollout.
Intune plays an important part in Microsoft’s modern desktop strategy, allowing organizations to deploy and manage Windows 10 without an on-premises Active Directory domain. Microsoft announced several new features that will make it easier to manage Windows 10 using Intune.
Microsoft announced at its Ignite conference on Monday a new service called Windows Virtual Desktop that will preview later this year. In today’s Ask the Admin, I’ll take a closer look at exactly what this service provides.
This month sees lots of announcements coming out of Microsoft’s annual Ignite conference for IT pros, including about a preview version of Windows Virtual Desktop and Windows Server 2019 general availability.
Just before Microsoft’s Ignite conference got started this week, version 1809 of the Windows Admin Center and SDK reached general availability. In this Ask the Admin, I’ll look at some of the new features.
Looking to create a Linux container in Windows 10? Russell shows you how with easy step-by-step instructions.
Microsoft patches 62 vulnerabilities, 17 of which are rated Critical. Including a patch for the zero-day ALPC vulnerability that was publicly disclosed on Twitter at the end of August.
In the first part of this series, Russell showed you how to enroll Azure virtual machines to Azure Update Management. In the final part, Russell demonstrates scheduling updates, checking update compliance, and how to enable Update Management on non-Azure VMs.
In today’s Ask the Admin, Russell shows you how to enroll Azure virtual machines to Azure Update Management and provide a general overview of how the solution works.
In today’s Ask the Admin, Russell shows you how to stop Windows 10 updating device drivers automatically via Windows Update regardless of which edition of the OS you are running.
In this blog post, Russell looks at the story behind Windows Defender Application Control in Windows 10.
In this Ask the Admin, Russell explains how you can defer Windows 10 Feature Updates by up to 18 months.
Despite Microsoft’s claim that its Edge browser in Windows 10 is faster than Mozilla Firefox and Google Chrome, putting Edge through its paces in several different benchmark tests shows that it is slower in those that simulate real-world usage.
This month sees lots of changes in Windows Server 2019 Insider builds, Microsoft announced more efficient Windows 10 updates, and a last minute zero-day drama.