Rod Trent

Engagement, Education, and Conference Director ,

Rod Trent is the Engagement, Education, and Conference Director for Penton. 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, and comic book aficionado. Follow Rod on Twitter

ITDC 2016 Prep: Mastering Windows 10 in the Enterprise with Johan Arwidmark
As we get closer to IT/Dev Connections 2016, we’re working to deliver some important preparatory sessions to help you familiarize yourself with the topics that will be presented at the conference.
ITDC 2016 Prep: Implementing a Hybrid Management Strategy with the Operations Management Suite
We have a preparatory eLearning session coming up on February 23 that talks to the other side of Azure Stack – the management side.
Microsoft Ignite 2016 Registration Now Open 1
Ignite offers 700+ sessions and runs from September 26-30, 2016 in Atlanta, Georgia. Expected attendance is around 30,000.
Windows 10 is Now a Recommended Update
Yesterday Microsoft began a new phase in its push to get customers using Windows 10.
EMET 5.5 Exits Beta, Now Fully Sanctioned to Mitigate Attacks
EMET 5.5 has exited beta and is now available as the most current mitigation tool.
Microsoft Raising Minimum Seat Requirement for EA to 500 in July
On July 1, 2016, Microsoft is altering its Enterprise Agreement plans. Customers should take notice now to prepare.
Surface Owners Look to February for Battery Fix
Despite suggesting attention to battery life fixes in the latest firmware, Surface devices still suffer from severe power drain.
LTSB: This is not the Windows Servicing You Are Looking For 2
Confusing continues to rule the day when it comes to choosing a Windows Servicing model for businesses.
Highly Anticipated Firmware for Surface Book and Surface Pro 4 Releases
An update many have been waiting for seeks to solve some battery issues with Microsoft's latest Surface models.
Fixing Surface Pro 3 and Surface 3 Bluescreens After January Firmware Installs 1
Reports of a failed firmware update are rolling in.
Surface Pro Firmware Rolling Out with New Intel Graphics Driver 3
A firmware update and a new Intel graphics driver could mean that Microsoft is finally serious about fixing its Surface line.
Microsoft Consolidates Further, Pares Down to Four External Mega-Events
Microsoft has consolidated it's mega-events efforts even further.
Unmanaged, Domain-Joined PCs to Get Windows 10, Too
The next phase of the Windows 10 pandemic is underway.
The Ins and Outs of Data Collection in Configuration Manager 1511
What amounts and types of data does System Center Configuration Manager transmit to Microsoft and can I turn it off?
How to Prepare for IT/Dev Connections 2016 Sessions
If you’re just getting started with a specific technology we have a few suggestions for how to prepare yourself for the sessions presented at IT/Dev Connections 2016.
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...

Windows 10 1511 Headed to WSUS in a “Couple Weeks,” KB3095113 Needed
December 4, 2015

This is strictly for handling Windows 10 feature upgrades like the one from November. However, any feature upgrade can also be used to fully upgrade Windows 7 and Windows 8...

Windows 10 1511 – What’s Available, What's Coming
December 1, 2015

That's true, however, that also assumes you want to be running beta software the rest of your life. Or, you don't you users running beta software. :)

GPO Settings for Windows Update for Business
November 17, 2015

Those options currently only exist on the local computer group policy. I suspect the templates will be updated shortly. The Enterprise version of 1511 only released yesterday...

Microsoft Ignite Canceled for Chicago - Rescheduled for September in Atlanta
October 15, 2015

We're discussing that already. Should have an announcement soon.

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Thursdays, February 11th through 25th

By the end of the course, you will understanding how to create custom modules to achieve amazing results in your environment, in non-Microsoft environments and in Azure.

Topics covered will include:

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