Author: Russell Smith

IT consultant, Contributing Editor @PetriFeed, and trainer @Pluralsight. All about Microsoft, Office 365, Azure, and Windows Server.

How to Configure Windows Terminal Themes

by Russell Smith

One of the most interesting features of Windows Terminal is the ability to customize the appearance of each tab. But until recently, customizations were only possible by editing a JSON settings file. In Windows Terminal version 1.7, which has just been released on the stable channel to the Microsoft Store and GitHub, Microsoft has added… Read More

How to Install Hyper-V on Windows 10

by Russell Smith

If you want to run virtual machines (VM) on Windows 10, you'll need to install Hyper-V. Hyper-V is a hardware-based hypervisor that lets you run VMs in their own isolated spaces. You can run multiple VMs at the same time, provided you have enough resources like disk space, RAM, and CPU capacity. Hyper-V supports Windows,… Read More

Patch Tuesday – April 2021

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This month Microsoft releases critical patches for on-premises Exchange Server, a fix for the AD Kerberos KDC flaw, and plugs a zero-day elevation of privilege bug in Windows 10. Windows and Windows Server This month Microsoft patched an elevation of privilege bug (CVE-2021-28310) in Windows that is already been exploited in the wild. The patch… Read More

Windows Server 2022 Secured-Core and Azure Hybrid Services Block Kernel Level Attacks

by Russell Smith

Microsoft announced at its Ignite conference earlier this year that it is extending its Secured-Core initiative to Windows Server 2022. Currently available for selected Windows 10 devices, Secured-Core requires hardware to meet new standards that follow isolation best practices and to have minimal trust of firmware. Microsoft says that Secured-Core devices are intended for industries… Read More

Patch Tuesday – March 2021

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Microsoft released patches to fix 82 security bugs in Windows and other software this month. There are critical bugs in IE, Exchange Server, and Windows Server DNS. Windows and Windows Server Windows gets two patches for critical remote code execution (RCE) flaws. CVE-2021-26876 is a vulnerability in OpenType font parsing and CVE-2021-26867 is a flaw… Read More

How to Enable Passwordless Authentication with Azure AD

by Russell Smith

Microsoft announced at its Ignite conference, which ran March 2nd – 4th 2021, that passwordless authentication is now generally available. Microsoft has been pushing passwordless over the past couple of years as a more secure way to provide access than passwords and multifactor authentication. Now that passwordless authentication is generally available, organizations can roll out… Read More