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Russell Smith

IT consultant and author specializing in management and security technologies. Russell has more than 15 years of experience in IT, he has written a book on Windows security, and he coauthored a text for Microsoft’s Official Academic Course (MOAC) series.
IT Audit & Management
2 July, 2019

Getting Group Policy Object Precedence Right

Group Policy is the configuration management technology included in Microsoft Windows Server Active Directory. If you need to enable granular control of Windows and Windows Server settings, Group...
Cyber Security & Compliance
30 May, 2019

6 SQL Server Security Basics Every Database Admin Should Know

Too many data breaches are caused by poorly secured database servers. Microsoft SQL Server is a popular enterprise solution, but it is also complex to understand and configure. Here are 6 SQL Server...
IT Audit & Management
23 May, 2019

How to Enable SQL Server Audit and Review the Audit Log

Auditing Microsoft SQL Server is critical to identifying security issues and breaches. In addition, auditing SQL Server is a requirement for compliance with regulations like PCI DSS and...
IT Audit & Management
7 May, 2019

6 Group Policy Settings You Need to Get Right

Group Policy is a configuration management technology that is part of Windows Server Active Directory. It can be used to configure settings in Windows client and server operating systems to make sure...
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