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
Recent August, 2018 Stories
In this Ask the Admin, I’ll look at a new Windows 10 SKU, Windows 10 Enterprise for Remote Sessions, that recently appeared in a Windows Insider preview build.
Microsoft is working on a new Windows 10 feature called ‘InPrivate Desktop’ that will make running risky applications, easier.
In this Ask the Admin, Russell show's you how to enable the flag on a folder and explain why you might need this feature.
As a companion to my series on managing Windows Server with Puppet Enterprise, this short two-part article will guide you through installing your own Puppet Enterprise server on Red Hat Linux in Hyper-V.
This month Microsoft trials a new managed desktop service as part of Microsoft 365 in the US and UK, Windows gets leap second support and a new time protocol, and Windows Update will use machine learning to learn when you’ve gone for a coffee break.
In today’s Ask the Admin, Russell takes a look at Azure AD Password Protection and why Microsoft believes it will improve Active Directory security.
Microsoft has announced Remote Desktop Web Client general availability for Windows Server 2016 and 2019 Preview.
In this Ask the Admin, Russel looks at the new analytics capabilities in Windows Server 2019.
The Windows 10 April 2018 Update introduces support for UWP Multi-Instancing, UWP console apps, and broader access to the file system. In this Ask the Admin, I'll give you an overview of these new features and why Microsoft introduced them.
In this Ask the Admin, I'll look at new functionality and examine whether performance has improved.
This month’s Patch Tuesday was a relatively quiet one. Microsoft made a minor update to Spectre v4 patches, issued critical updates only for desktop editions of Windows, and patched three vulnerabilities that had already been publicly disclosed.
In this Ask the Admin, I'll show you the new Diagnostic Data Viewer in Windows 10.
In this Ask the Admin, I'll show you how to demote a domain controller and remove the Active Directory Domain Services server role.
In this Ask the Admin, I'll show you how to install and configure Active Directory using Puppet.
In this Ask the Admin, I'll show you how to fix corrupt system files when System File Checker isn't up to the job.