Rod Trent

Rod Trent is the IT Community Manager for Windows IT Pro. He is a leading expert on Microsoft System Center technologies and has more than 25 years of IT experience, with over 20 years dedicated to System Center. 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, and a part-time missionary to the Chinese people. You can follow Rod on Twitter: @rodtrentcontact him by email, or grab the RSS feed for his articles.

Articles by Rod Trent
Update Rollup for Service Manager Due Tuesday
Update Rollup 2 (UR2) for Service Manager 2012 SP1 and R2 will ship sometime toward the end of the day Tuesday.
One Reason Cortana Might Not Be Available on Your Windows Phone 1
After a bit of troubleshooting, one community member discovered one of the servicing updates had done something peculiar.
The Reason for the Antimalware Engine Update on April 17, 2014
On April 17, 2014 Microsoft released an Antimalware Engine update to hopefully fix recent issues going forward.
Remotely Control Windows, Mac, and Linux from an Android Device
With Android devices leading the mobile space, there's a good chance that many of you will want to take advantage of this new release, allowing you to securely access a desktop or server from a remote location.
Increase Maximum Run Time in ConfigMgr for a Successful KB2919355 Deployment
Reports have started rolling in where the update will not install successfully in organizations using System Center Configuration Manager.
Orchestration Comes to Microsoft Azure
Microsoft Azure Automation mirrors the features available in the Windows Azure Pack, but places it directly in the Cloud.
Free eBook on Microsoft's Integrated Cloud Platform with System Center
Get an inside peek into the company's directions for Private, Hybrid, and Public Cloud offerings and how System Center is designed to be the binding element so businesses can take advantage of the Cloud model they choose.
Search for PowerShell Script Samples Directly in the Windows PowerShell ISE
Microsoft has released an add-on to the PowerShell ISE, Script Browser for Windows PowerShell ISE, that embeds a special pane directly into the ISE to allow searching through the 9000-plus script samples available in the TechNet Script Center.
Windows Spring Update Being Reoffered. Here's Why 7
KB2919355 has been updated to include recent fixes and is being offered again for installation.
Microsoft Fixes WSUS Issue with Windows 8.1 Update 1, Extends Install Requirement
Microsoft has finally fixed the issue with WSUS and Windows 8.1 Update 1 and has extended the deployment requirement deadline.
Dell Automates Driver Downloads with New Driver Pack Catalog
Today, Dell is seeking to make the process of obtaining applicable drivers and BIOS updates even easier with the release of the Driver Pack Catalog into beta.
Windows XP Hangs After Latest Forefront Endpoint Protection Update 1
An definition update is causing Windows XP computers to hang and the Forefront Endpoint Protection engine to crash.
Cloud Storage Privacy at Risk by the Actual Storage Provider
Just storing data in a Cloud warehouse is safe enough, but a flaw exists in the sharing of data.
Quick Hits: Announcements from Microsoft's SQL Server 2014 Launch
In addition to SQL Server 2014's official launch, Microsoft's Satya Nadella announced more key investments in Big Data.
Potential Fixes for Windows 8.1 Update 1 Failing to Install
As successful a release as Update 1 appears for many, there is a minority of users where the update fails to install for one reason or another.
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