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.
Russell Smith's Recent Posts
In this Ask the Admin, Russell Smith discusses why Puppet and DSC together is often the best configuration management solution in mixed Windows/Linux environments.
Compliance is always a hot topic, so in this Ask the Admin, I’ll look at how Microsoft’s DSCEA can be used to create compliance reports for servers configured using PowerShell DSC.
In this Ask the Admin, I’ll look at what you can do with Bash and the Windows Subsystem for Linux in Windows 10 and Windows Server 1709.
In this Ask the Admin, Russell Smith discusses setting up Active Directory to support a secure tiered administrative model and Privileged Access Workstations.
In this Ask the Admin, Russell Smith looks at how the solution works and why you should use it when it reaches general availability.
It’s been a busy month for Windows, and in case you didn’t get a chance to catch all the news, here’s everything you need to know from January 2018.
The Windows 10 Fall Creators Update and Windows Server 1709 include a beta OpenSSH server and client. In this Ask the Admin, I will discuss how OpenSSH differs from PowerShell Remoting.
In this Ask the Admin, Russell Smith uses a PowerShell script to populate Active Directory with test user accounts.
Microsoft announced the general availability of PowerShell Core 6.0 on January 10th. In this Ask the Admin, we will look at the roadmap for PowerShell and some of the dramatic changes since Microsoft announced that PowerShell will be open source.
This month’s Patch Tuesday is one of the most interesting in a while. Not just because the patches Microsoft was preparing for release today came a week early, but also because of the potential issues these patches might cause.
In this Ask the Admin, Russell Smith explains how this mechanism works and how you can change the way that it works.
In this Ask the Admin, Russell Smith explains how to use the ADDS Database Mounting Tool to look at backups of AD.
In today’s Ask the Admin, we discuss whether it’s necessary to use third-party antimalware in Windows 10 and Windows Server 2016 on your company’s PCs.