Rod Trent

IT Community Manager,

Rod Trent is the IT Community Manager for Windows IT Pro and He is a leading expert on Microsoft System Center and Cloud technologies and has more than 25 years of IT experience. Rod has written many books, thousands of articles, and speaks at various conferences and user groups. His professional focus is evangelizing technical community on the web and in person. Rod was a Microsoft MVP for 10 years and is a charter member of the Dell TechCenter Rockstar program. He's an avid gadget fan, a die-hard old television show and cartoon buff, a health and exercise freak, comic book aficionado, and a part-time missionary to the Chinese people. Follow Rod on Twitter

Microsoft’s Joe Belfiore Promises HTC Fixes in Next Windows Phone Dev Preview
A Developer's Preview update coming possibly still this week, could finally bring Windows Phone 8.1 Update to HTC 8X.
Microsoft Announces Its Miracast Adapter for Pre-order
Microsoft is finally making its branded Miracast device publicly available for pre-order.
4 Major Announcements from SpiceWorld 2014
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Microsoft Expands Its Outsourced Certifications Contract with Pearson for Online Exams
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SQL Server 2012 SP2 Now Supported for System Center Service Manager
Service Manager customers have been given the green light to take advantage of new features provided in SQL Server 2012 SP2.
CU3 for Configuration Manager 2012 R2 Released with Fixes and Features
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Microsoft Offering Limited, Free In-Store Support, Even If You Purchased Elsewhere
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Azure VMs: Better, Stronger, Faster – Again
Microsoft has rolled out a new series of Azure VMs capable of providing power for Big Data and Analytics.
Could New Legislation Win Back Cloud Trust?
A proposal by US Senators could change the US government's ease at obtaining foreign data.
Will Folding the Trustworthy Computing Group Help Fix Microsoft’s Patch Woes?
Microsoft is reported to be dismantling its Trustworthy Computing group.
Microsoft Azure StorSimple 8000 Series Configuration and Installation Guides Available
New guides are available for configuring and installing the new 8000 series Azure StorSimple appliances.
IT/Dev Connections 2014 Sessions Collateral and Downloads
IT/Dev Connections 2014 produced some great content, including scripts and utilities available for you to download.
Surface Pro 3 Diary Entry 3: My First Snafu 2
After a week away from a working multi-monitor solution for the Surface Pro 3, I had to jump through hoops to get it working again.
Microsoft Azure Active Directory Sync Tool Gets a Silent Release
A new tool for synching the Cloud with on-premises Active Directory implementations is now available.
Message Analyzer 1.1 Releases with Mass Improvements
The latest release of Message Analyzer includes a huge number of updates and improvements.
Surface Pro 3 Diary Entry 3: My First Snafu
September 22, 2014

Thanks for the follow-up, Bernie! I'll definitely contact you directly next time.

How can I add a printer from the command line?
September 12, 2014

Hi! Do you have access to Group Policy or some other printer driver installation method? It can be done with a batch file, but not recommended.

Surface Pro 3 Diary Entry 2: Desktop Achieved, My Setup, and Adapters Needed
September 12, 2014

I can confirm the screens do wake up correctly. Stepping away from the office for a bit and coming back to the configuration "sleeping," I just hit the Surface power button...

Microsoft's Miracast Adapter is Very Netgear-Like with One Exception
September 10, 2014

I believe the issue, though, is more of a Miracast problem (and proper drivers) than a Netgear problem. And, you'll see that the Lumia's will connect consistently, but it's...

Surface Pro 3 Diary Entry 1: Quest for the Desktop
September 8, 2014

Thanks for that! Good to know I should expect some success.

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