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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.


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What’s New in Windows – April 2023

This month, Windows is getting memory safe Rust code in the kernel, Microsoft announces Windows 11 LTSC edition to launch late 2024, Windows 12 could be getting a special edition to support Arm and A.I. features, plus lots of updates for Insider Program builds. Windows gets support for Rust in the Windows kernel At the…

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Microsoft Designer Enters Public Preview with New A.I. Features

Today, Microsoft Designer goes into public preview and it adds new A.I. features. Like Canva, Designer offers a collection of templates and elements like graphics, photos, and video so that you can easily create eye-catching content for your social media channels. What is Microsoft Designer? Essentially a clone of popular graphic design tool Canva, Microsoft…

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5 New Features in Linux 6.3 Kernel

The latest Linux kernel is now available, and it comes with some important new features. Linux Kernel 6.3 is a minor release and it shouldn’t cause any major problems when you get round to upgrading. But like any change you introduce into your environment, it should be properly tested. So, let’s look at the most…

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Cyberattacks Increased 38% in 2022 – Secure Active Directory Now

According to a recent report, cyberattacks increased by 38% in 2022 compared to 2021, meaning that it’s more important than ever to be vigilant when it comes to cybersecurity. One way to strengthen operational resilience against cyberattacks is by mastering Identity Threat Detection and Response (ITDR). As Gartner notes, “misused credentials are now the top…

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5 Strategies for Blocking Cyberthreats in Windows

Register for our webinar on April 12th to discover how to establish hardened configurations for your Windows servers and endpoints, and how to monitor file activity to spot potential attacks in progress. Dirk Schrader, VP of Security Research at Netwrix, will cover: Most compliance regulations and security frameworks recommend implementing system hardening and FIM whenever…

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What’s New in Windows – March 2023

Apart from the release of Windows 11 22H2 Moment 2, it’s been a fairly quiet month. But not for Windows Insiders, where there’s been a ton of new features added. So, let’s get started! Windows 11 22H2 Moment 2 now generally available The primary change in this update is to the Search box in the…

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Get Ready to Transform Your Organization’s IT Security: Join Our Free 1-Day Virtual Conference

This week, March 30th at 9.20am ET, Petri is hosting its first free virtual 1-day conference of the year on identity management and privileged access management (PAM). In our 2023 audience survey, IT Pros cited security as their number one concern. And because identity and privilege management form the basis of good security and a…

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Microsoft Teams 2.0 Client Drops in Public Preview

It’s been a long time coming for long-suffering Microsoft Teams users. Today, Microsoft is launching access to a public preview of its new client software for Teams on Windows. The new client, which is officially version 2.1, will bring x2 faster performance while using 50% less memory. The current Teams client is Electron based, a…

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Microsoft Loop Public Preview – Everything You Need to Know

After years of development, Microsoft Loop is finally available in public preview starting today. But what is Loop for? And can it compete with productivity incumbent Notion? Let’s find out more. What is Microsoft Loop? Microsoft Loop is a feature and app in Microsoft 365. Based on the Fluid Framework, Loop components can be created…

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Microsoft 365 Copilot – Everything You Need to Know

Thursday 16, March, at its Reinventing Productivity with A.I. event, Microsoft announced Microsoft 365 Copilot, a new set of Artificial Intelligence (A.I.) integrations in its suite of Office applications, powered by ChatGPT and technology it has developed using the Microsoft Graph and large language models (LLMs). Introducing Microsoft 365 Copilot Office apps already have A.I….

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