Author: Russell Smith

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

Understanding Windows 10 Always On VPN

by Russell Smith

Microsoft Windows and Windows Server support a variety of different VPN technologies. The most advanced are DirectAccess and Windows 10 Always On VPN. In this article, I look at the advantages of Always On VPN over DirectAccess, and outline the infrastructure required to deploy Always On VPN.

How to Use Windows Package Manager

by Russell Smith

Microsoft recently announced at Build 2020 that it is working on a native open-source package manager for Windows. Due to hit general availability in May 2021, Windows Package Manager is now accessible on GitHub and for Windows Insiders in preview. In this article, I will show you how to use Windows Package Manager (WPM) to… Read More

Patch Tuesday – April 2020

by Russell Smith

This month Microsoft patches three Windows 10 zero-days, including a patch for two RCE flaws discovered last month in the Windows Adobe Type Manager Library. There are also important updates for vulnerabilities in the OneDrive desktop app for Windows, the DNS client service, and in the way that Windows handles token relationships.

Everything You Need to Know About Windows – March 2020

by Russell Smith

Microsoft announces that it will pause Windows 10 optional updates starting in May and extend security updates for some Windows 10 version 1709 SKUs to October. There are also details on new features coming to Edge, an update to Microsoft Emulator for Windows 10X, and news that Microsoft Search integration with Windows 10 is being delayed until Q4 2020. Additionally, I provide some tips on working at home.