Rod Trent

Senior Executive Editor, Windows IT Pro, SQL Server Pro, SharePoint Pro; Engagement Director,
Penton Technology, Penton

Rod Trent is the Senior Executive Editor for Penton Technology's Windows IT Pro, SQL Server Pro, Share Point Pro, Dev Pro Connections 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

Skype for Business Now Available for Windows Phone
Today Microsoft has released one of the final pieces to its elimination of Lync branding.
Cloud Price Wars May be Over as Microsoft Set to Increase Azure Charges 1
Azure will get a bit more pricey come August 1.
Skype for Business Online Meeting Migration Tool in Technical Preview
A new tool released as a technical preview is needed to convert meetings into Skype for Business PSTN Conferencing.
Business Features for the Initial Rollout of Windows 10 1
New charts show the differences in features between Home, Pro, Enterprise, and Education editions of Windows 10.
Business Customers Get a Windows 10 Release Date of August 1
Today Microsoft has announced that Windows 10 will be available for Volume License customers on August 1, 2015.
Microsoft Brings On-premises and Cloud Closer Together for Monitoring, Automation and Data Protection
A new add-on for OMS seeks to bring a more seamless hybrid experience to organizations taking advantage of managing critical systems on-premises and in the Cloud.
Skype for Business Hits Preview with Advanced Broadcasting and Conferencing Features
Today Microsoft has released into preview new features for Skype for Business customers.
Microsoft Adds New Core i7 Entry Model to the Surface Pro 3 Line
Microsoft has released a new Core i7 model of its Surface line designed for business.
As Promised Azure Active Directory Connect Releases, Five Other Azure Products Hit GA
Azure AD Connect is now officially released as part of another Cloud Platform release party.
Shavlik Reaches for the Microsoft Cloud
Shavlik today has announced that its Shavlik Protect product is now available in the Microsoft Azure Marketplace.
US Navy Pays Microsoft $9 Million to Support Old Software Until at Least 2017 1
The US Navy renewed and expanded a contract with Microsoft to continue to use legacy software across its operations and fleet.
Survey: Virtual Desktop Infrastructure (VDI)
VDI is becoming something more than just a virtual desktops service. Has VDI's enterprise and a mobility play caused your company to take a second look?
Microsoft's Next Intune Feature Rollout This Week
This week Microsoft is planning to deliver more functionality to Microsoft Intune.
Microsoft Makes Mobile App Management Official for Android and iOS
Today Microsoft is announcing full MAM support for iOS and Android devices for Microsoft Intune.
Specops Adds Multi-Factor Authentication for Self-Service Password Resets and Lockouts
A new solution from Specops brings multi-factor authentication to the local network for providing end-users with self-service password reset and lockout options.
Microsoft's Windows 10 Upgrade Policy for Business Not What You Might Think
June 2, 2015

The user can still choose to install or not (see for deeper coverage on this), but if you use automatic updates, you'll never know when an end-user decides to...

Eastbound and Up: Highest IT Salaries Are Not Where You Might Think
April 24, 2015

Thanks for the heads-up! Fixed.

Happy 2nd Patch Tuesday for April 2015
April 21, 2015

Go to 1:18 in the video...

Patch Tuesday: Microsoft Explains the Windows 10 Upgrade Plumbing Delivered in April's Releases
April 17, 2015

I suspect, as we get closer, MSFT will detail registry modifications and GPO settings to disable it or change the frequency.

Surface Pro 3 Diary Entry 4: Monitor Sync Issues
March 27, 2015

My connections are solid and I've not heard that issues from anyone else.

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