Rod Trent

Engagement, Education, and Conference Director ,

Rod Trent has over 25 years of IT experience, with over 20 dedicated systems management. Rod has written many books, thousands of articles (he's a writer not a blogger - there's a difference), and speaks at various conferences and User Groups during the year. But Rod's main focus has always been evangelizing technical community on the web and in “real life”.

Professionally, Rod is the Engagement, Education, and Conference Director for Penton Media, which plays perfectly into all of his specialized experiences, skills, and acquired expertise.

Personally, Rod is a fitness and health nut, enjoys a full life with his wonderful wife and four kids, and spends his downtime watching TV shows and movies from the 1970s and earlier.

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IT/Dev Connections 2017 Welcomes Track Chair Veteran Chander Dhall
Chander Dhall, one of the most well-known technical leaders in the development industry, is once again taking the helm of our Development and DevOps track for the 2017 conference. Chander’s contributions are one of the biggest reasons why IT/Dev Connections is considered the best developer’s conference each year.
IT/Dev Connections 2017 Confirms First Two Track Chairs: John Savill and Ami Casto
We are close to opening registration for the 2017 IT/Dev Connections conference and today we’re happy to announce our first two Track Chairs have been confirmed.
For Better or Worse: Microsoft Aligns Windows Server 2016’s Patching Matrix with Windows 10’s
Updating a client operating system with Automatic Updates (AU) enabled by default is one thing (but, still draws plenty of ire from the IT administrator), but a Server OS?
Azure Analysis Services in Public Preview, More Announcements
The public preview of Azure Analysis Services was made available today, along with some additional announcements around new cloud-based data services.
Latest Rollup Fixes Office 365-Windows Server Essentials Integration

Thanks to Microsoft, we rarely know what’s included in the onslaught of various update rollups that are intended for fix a gaggle of issues in one fell swoop. However, the company is outlining one specific fix in the October 18 rollup that solves an issue that was talked about a few times and given workarounds during IT/Dev Connections 2016 sessions.

Celebrate PowerShell’s 10th Birthday on November 14th
In the event you’re looking for a bit of trivia to “wow” your friends and colleagues, PowerShell was born on November 14th, 2006, which means in just a couple weeks, PowerShell will be 10 years old.
Windows Server 2016 Essentials Releases to General Availability
Microsoft today has announced it has released the Essentials edition of Windows Server 2016 to General Availability (GA). Essentials is now available through all channels.
DoD Gets Its Own Azure Datacenters from Microsoft has a nice ring to it, and I’m sure Microsoft would institute that naming convention in a second.
Device Guard and Credential Guard hardware readiness tool
Microsoft has now released a readiness tool, designed to check to see if the hardware is ready to support these emerging technologies.
Free eBook on Data Science Using Microsoft SQL Server 2016

Just off a fantastic IT/Dev Connections 2016 that delivered a lot of great information from industry experts on SQL Server 2016, analytics, Big Data, and R, this new free eBook from Microsoft Press should be a great companion guide.

The book, Data Science with Microsoft SQL Server 2016, won’t be at the same deep-dive level as the sessions you could attend at IT/Dev Connections, but it’s a great way to peak your interest in learning more. At 90 pages, here’s the book description:

KB3161606 Reported to Break Hyper-V
June 28, 2016

Absolutely. Great catch! Thanks!

Something to Think About: Nano Server Does Not Support Group Policy
May 11, 2016

Thanks, GP MVP Jeremy Moskowitz! :)

Surface Book Hits a Stable Juncture with One Big Caveat
March 7, 2016

Isn't it, though? That's the state we're in, though. A lot of folks seem to be lulled into a false sense of security by the "Insider" program. If it's not called "beta" it can...

Microsoft February 2016 Patch Tuesday Delivers Unlucky 13 Security Fixes
February 12, 2016

Can you check to see if it's related to: KB3114717?

Save the Date! IT/Dev Connections 2016 Web Site Goes Live!
December 10, 2015

Not yet, but very, very soon. I'll definitely be letting everyone know when registration is live. You can also be notified through the new IT/Dev Connections blog and by...

Windows Powershell Master Class

Windows Powershell Master Class with John Savill
Live Online Training on February 2nd, 9th, and 16th
Register by January 26th and Save 20%!

PowerShell is the definitive command line interface and scripting solution for Windows, Hyper-V, System Center, Microsoft solutions and beyond. In this Master Class, we will start from the ground up, walking you through the basics of PowerShell, how to create basic scripts and building towards creating custom modules to achieve amazing results in your environment, in non-Microsoft environments, and in Azure.


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