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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ITDC 2017: What to Expect from the Enterprise Management, Mobility, & Security Track
This year, we’ve enlisted, Ami Casto as the track chair for this area. Ami’s vision, frontline expertise, and in-the-trenches experience gives her very valuable insight into this rapidly changing area. I can say that I’m truly excited to see how this track takes shape this year. And, I’m positive you will be, too, after reading through Ami’s strategy.
ITDC 2017: What to Expect from the Enterprise Collaboration Track
Our Track Chair this year for this combined track is expert and Microsoft MVP, Liam Cleary. With the deadline for submitting for speaking slots ending this Monday, February 20, 2017, Liam is excited to get started building the story for a very popular set of products and technologies. Liam has shared the following for attendees interesting in the collaborative sessions to get a good understanding of what to expect.
IT/Dev Connections 2017 Speaking Submissions: 1 Week to Go!
We’re just four days away from the deadline for submitting to speak at IT/Dev Connections 2017.
IT/Dev Connections One of the Top DevOps Conferences to Attend in 2017
We’ve made a DevOps conference list for the 2nd year in a row.
ITDC 2017: What to Expect from the Cloud and Datacenter Track
Without a doubt, the adoption of the cloud is impacting every organization – especially the traditional IT admin – and it is vital to really understand what the cloud actually is, what it means to your organization and how you help adopt it the right way.
Introducing ‘Blackout’ Sessions for IT/Dev Connections 2017
There are a number of speakers who would love to share NDA information with attendees, but hold back because of fear of being recorded. To make it easier for those speakers (usually program managers from big vendors) to talk without worry, we’ve created Blackout sessions.
Survey for SCCM 2007 customers
Microsoft needs some assistance determining the need for a resource for customers still running SCCM 2007 that want to deploy Windows 10. If you can help with this particular scenario, please participate in the following survey.
Call for Content Launches for IT/Dev Connections 2017!
Ready to try your speaking skills at one of the best technical conferences during the year? You may have honed your chops at some of the smaller boutique events, or even tried your hand at one of the large market-y events like Ignite, but now you get the chance to deliver your polished presentation skills to an audience hungry for deep, technical knowledge.
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.
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...

Hyper-V Master Class

Hyper-V Master Class with John Savill
Live Online Training: Thursdays, April 27th to May 18th
Register by April 20th and Save 20%!

John Savill provides 12 hours of detailed instruction covering all the key aspects of a Hyper-V based virtualization environment covering both capabilities in Windows Server 2012 R2 and Windows Server 2016. John will walk attendees through resource allocation and architecture, storage, networking (including Network Virtualization), clustering, migration technologies, replication, private cloud, session virtualization, migration from other technologies, integration with Microsoft Azure, and more. At the end of this class, attendees will be able to architect and manage an enterprise-level Hyper-V environment.


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