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
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.
Popular Sites Affected by Heartbleed that May Require Your Attention 1
This Infographic pulls together some important consumer and business sites where passwords might need to be reset and details the types of information at risk.
Heartbleed Patches Pending for 25 VMware Products
VMware will be rolling out updates throughout this week, hoping to secure all known vulnerable products by April 19th.
Microsoft Azure Updates with a Record 5 General Releases and More
If you ever have any doubt about Microsoft's dedication to becoming a tier-1 Cloud provider, all you have to do is read back through the history of Azure updates and releases.
Voice from the Grave: High Number of Windows XP Users Were Just Unaware 1
There's no question that many of those left behind simply didn't know, and Microsoft is at fault.
Screenshots Change in Windows Phone 8.1
Capturing screenshots in Windows Phone 8.1 has changed a bit.
Windows Phone 8.1 Now Available for Anyone with a Developer Account
To get the update (anyone with a Windows Phone can get it), you'll need to get a FREE developers account and install some software.
Command-line Options for Updating Office 2013 in Service Pack 1
In addition to providing a new Update Now feature in Office 2013 applications, Microsoft has also included some additional command-line options in Service Pack 1 to help with managed updating.
Office 2013 SP1 Introduces Update Now
Service Pack 1 for Office 2013 now includes an Update Now option for those that just can't wait, or need something to click on while waiting for a server to update.
MalwareBytes Breaks IE11 and Office Apps After Windows 8.1 Update 1 1
A new version of MBAE is being worked up to permanently fix the issue, but the company has posted the temporary patch to its forums.
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