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Russell Smith

Editorial Director

Editorial Director at Petri IT Knowledgebase. Russell has more than 20 years' experience working in IT. From small business to large government IT infrastructure projects.

Russell started his writing career for Windows IT Pro magazine in the early 2000s. Since then, Russell has contributed to a variety of publications, including Petri, CDW's list of publications, and various industry blogs including Netwrix, BeyondTrust, and others.

In addition to more than 1000 articles Russell has authored, he has also written a book on Windows security and co-authored another for Microsoft's MOAC series. Russell has also authored several courses for Pluralsight.


Microsoft Teams AMA

GET-IT: Submit Your Questions for Microsoft Teams Product Manager Anupam Pattnaik

As usual, we are looking forward to our annual Microsoft Teams free 1-day virtual conference, this year coming up November 30. In addition to the customary sessions presented by industry professionals and Microsoft MVPs on everything from managing users in the Admin Center to driving collaboration with proper governance, Petri’s Chief Technology Officer, Stephen Rose,…

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Windows Server Docker images

Sponsored: Introduction to Docker Images on Windows Server

Last Update: Nov 14, 2023

Docker Images are the transportable component of containers and provide a template that describes what each container looks like. There are two base Docker images provided by Microsoft, Windows Server 2016 Core and Nano, which can be used as a starting point for your containers.

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Datacenter networking servers

Azure VMware Solution – Maximizing Security and Control with Customer-Managed Keys

Last Update: Oct 10, 2023

In this article, I look at Azure VMware Solution, a Microsoft virtual machine (VM) service, verified by VMware, that runs on Microsoft Azure infrastructure. And specifically, how you can add a second layer of encryption to your datastore and ensure Microsoft cannot read or write any data within your private cloud. Data security is a…

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Auditing Access to Microsoft LAPS Passwords in Active Directory

Last Update: Sep 19, 2023

Russell shows you how to audit access to LAPS passwords in Active Directory and how to establish a process for managing access to local administrator passwords.

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Azure Sentinel, Microsoft’s Cloud-Native SIEM Solution, Is Now Generally Available

Last Update: Sep 13, 2023

Microsoft announced September 25th on its Security blog that Azure Sentinel has reached general availability. Based on Azure Monitor Log Analytics, Sentinel adds a cloud-native Security Information and Event Management (SIEM) solution to Azure’s already long list of services.

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Understanding Azure Storage: Storage Types and Redundancy

Last Update: Sep 07, 2023

Learn about the different storage services and redundancy settings in Azure Storage.

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Microsoft’s Approach to Securing Hybrid Work with Zero Trust

Last Update: Aug 29, 2023

12th May 2021, ahead of RSA 2021, Microsoft announces improvements to its security products for better-protecting organizations in a post-pandemic world. The future of work is hybrid Hybrid work refers to a post-pandemic work pattern where employees spend more time working from home but some time working in the office. Employees will move between home…

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Hackers Targeting Unpatched Windows Systems with Proof-of-Concept Code for SMB Vulnerability

Last Update: Aug 23, 2023

Hackers are targeting unpatched Microsoft systems with publicly available SMBGhost PoC code.

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How to Block Unwanted Apps in Edge and Windows 10

Last Update: Aug 23, 2023

Microsoft has added the ability to block potentially unwanted apps to the Windows 10 Settings app.

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This Week in IT

Subscribe to ‘This Week in IT’ on YouTube

This Week in IT now has its own YouTube Channel! If you have been watching This Week in IT since it started more than a year ago, you will probably realize that home was the Petri IT Knowledgebase YouTube channel. We recently decided that it would be nice to give the show its own identity…

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