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 Operations
July 24, 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...
Security & Compliance
November 27, 2020

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 Operations
June 7, 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...
IT Operations
April 23, 2021

Top 5 Management Tools for Group Policy Administration

Group Policy is a configuration management technology that is part of Windows Server Active Directory (AD). This article explores Microsoft’s own Group Policy tools and some of the best third-party...
IT Operations
July 2, 2019

Group Policy Management

Group Policy is an Active Directory management technology for Windows that provides centralized management of configuration settings. While it isn’t the only available management solution —...
IT Operations
May 1, 2019

Top 10 Group Policy PowerShell Commands

In addition to the Group Policy Management Console (GPMC), Microsoft provides a set of Windows PowerShell cmdlets you can use to manage Group Policy. To use the Group Policy PowerShell cmdlets, you...
Security & Compliance
October 20, 2020

PII Discovery Tools You’ll Want to Check Out

Data breaches are being reported in the news on an almost daily basis. And with new compliance regulations, like GDPR, being introduced on a regular basis, discovering and classifying data is...
IT Operations
August 8, 2019

Using PowerShell to Create ZIP Archives and Unzip Files

Sometimes it can be useful to programmatically create zip archives or extract files from existing archives. Windows PowerShell 5.0 added two cmdlets for doing just that. The Compress-Archive cmdlet...
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