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, I’ll look at the new deployment options for Windows Autopilot in the current and next version of Windows 10.
In this month’s Patch Tuesday, Microsoft released a disabled-by-default patch for Spectre 4, Adobe plugs a zero-day Flash vulnerability that can be exploited via Excel, and there are fixes for DNS, black screens, and Cortana.
In this Ask the Admin, I look at Spectre Variant 4 and whether it will affect performance as its distributed over the coming weeks.
In this Ask the Admin, I’ll explain how to resolve an RDP error that might appear after the May 2018 cumulative updates.
At the beginning of March and at its developer conference in May, Microsoft made several announcements about the future of Win32 apps. In this Ask the Admin, I’ll look at how those developments will affect the application landscape in Windows.
If you only have one domain admin account set up in a Windows Server domain running in an Azure VM, you might be left struggling to enter a new password when the current one expires. In this Ask the Admin, I’ll show you how to reset a domain account password using an Azure VM extension.
Microsoft’s new MSIX unified packaging format promises to make it easier to bring legacy apps to the Store, even if you don’t have access to the app’s source code. In this Ask the Admin, I’ll explore how MSIX differs from existing tech, like the Desktop Bridge.
This month I look at Windows 10 April 2018 Update woes, Progressive Web Apps in the Microsoft Store, new productivity features, and new security features in the next version of Windows.
There’s been a lot of talk again this year at Build about Azure, IoT, and cloud computing in general but one term that keeps cropping up is the ‘Intelligent Edge’. In this Ask the Admin, I’ll explain Microsoft’s cloud vision in more detail.
In this second part, I’ll look at how to manage Linux and Windows systems remotely using PowerShell Core.
In the first part of this two-part series, I’ll show you how to get started with PowerShell Core for managing heterogenous cloud environments.
This month the Windows 10 April 2018 Update finally drops, although some Intel SSDs don’t seem to be happy about it, and a zero-day vulnerability is being exploited in the wild.
In today’s Ask the Admin, I’ll look at how you can use the Reliability Monitor in Windows 10 to solve problems.