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Author: Russell Smith

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

Microsoft Buys Clipchamp Video Creation App

by Russell Smith

Last week, Microsoft announced that it had bought Clipchamp, a browser-based video creation app. Founded in 2013, Clipchamp's mission is to enable everyone to tell stories using video. Microsoft recognizes video is a powerful medium but that it has been traditionally difficult for most people to produce high quality videos that are worth sharing. Artistic… Read More

How to Manage Windows Updates with PowerShell

by Russell Smith

Managing Windows Update with PowerShell has until recently only been possible using a third-party module. But starting in Windows Server 2019, Microsoft's WindowsUpdateProvider PowerShell module is included out-of-the-box and it allows you to perform simple Windows Update management tasks, like starting a scan and installing updates. In this article, I will show you how to… Read More

What’s New in Azure AD Connect V2

by Russell Smith

Azure AD Connect is a free tool from Microsoft that's used for synchronizing objects between on-premises Windows Server Active Directory (AD) and Azure Active Directory. Microsoft announced in August the availability of Azure AD Connect V2.0. And in this article, I'm going to discuss the major changes in this new release. Here are the major… Read More

Microsoft Offers Free Support for Windows 11 and Windows 10 21H2 Commercial Previews

by Russell Smith

Microsoft announced September 2nd that it is releasing Windows 11 and Windows 10 (version 21H2) commercial previews. Organizations in the Windows Insider Program for Business can access the builds and get free support. The builds are available through the usual channels, like Windows Update, Windows Server Update Services (WSUS), Azure Marketplace, and the Windows Insider… Read More

Using SYSPREP in Windows 11

by Russell Smith

Deploying Windows 11 to hundreds or even thousands of devices can be automated if you have a system image that you can clone. To create an image for cloning, you first install Windows 11 on a device or virtual machine (VM), and then configure the operating system to your requirements. For example, you might decide to… Read More

Patch Microsoft Exchange Servers Now to Stop LockFile Ransomware

by Russell Smith

The LockFile ransomware group has been actively launching attacks against Microsoft Exchange Servers, exploiting three vulnerabilities that were patched by Microsoft in April and May this year. Known as the Exchange Server ProxyShell vulnerabilities, the LockFile group uses them, in conjunction with the Windows PetitPotam vulnerabilities that were partially patched in the round of updates… Read More