Rod Trent

IT Community Manager,
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Rod Trent is the IT Community Manager for Windows IT Pro 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

Update Rollups Released for System Center 2012 SP1 and R2
The latest round of rollups are now available for SP1 and R2 of System Center 2012.
Office 365 System Center Management Pack Released Along with Service API for Roll-Your-Own
A new Management Pack and API bring predictive capability to organizations using Office 365.
WAWSDeploy: New Tool to Simplify Azure Websites Deployments
WAWSDeploy is a handy utility that simplifies moving local data to an Azure Website.
Reasons for the Raid of Microsoft Offices in China Becoming Clearer? 1
What's China's real intent on raiding Microsoft offices?
IT/Dev Connections 2014 Speaker Highlight: Mike Terrill
Part of an ongoing series, we're highlighting the excellent speakers selected by the community to present phenomenal and extremely valuable content at IT/Dev Connections 2014.
Software Patches from Official versus Non-official Sources
A growing number of IT Pros use non-official sources for software updates.
Useful Tool: Calendar Check for Outlook
CalCheck is a command-line utility for locating issues for Exchange-hosted Calendars.
Be Considered to Beta Test Office 2015 1
If you're willing and able to provide good feedback, Microsoft might consider you to test future versions of Microsoft Office.
Is Cortana Enough to Sway the Apple-first Consumer?
In reality, it's a Mobile-first and Apple-first world. Is Cortana Microsoft's key to altering perception?
AzCopy is XCopy for the Cloud
Copying data from local sources to Microsoft Azure can't be this easy, can it?
July's Broken Office 365 Update Gets a Fix
Two weeks after the update that broke Office apps for some in July, a fix is available.
Windows 8.1 Update 2 Might Show Up in August through Windows Update
Update 2 for Windows 8.1 might show up as early as next month during Patch Tuesday.
Microsoft's Brad Smith on Why Microsoft Opposes Government Demands for Personal Information 1
In a recent interview with the Wall Street Journal, Microsoft's General Counsel, Brad Smith, detailed Microsoft's stance on why consumer data needs to be protected from government surveillance.
Windows Server 2003 Migrations Stalled by Significant Bug, Hotfix Coming, Workaround Available
A newfound bug has surfaced that keeps users from successfully logging on during Windows Server 2003 to Windows Server 2012 R2 migrations.
Migrating Other Database Types to Microsoft SQL Server and Azure SQL DB
Using Microsoft-supplied migration utilities, you can migrate Access, Oracle, MySQL, and Sybase database to SQL Server on-premises or in the Cloud.
CU1 for SQL Server 2012 SP2 Now Available
July 25, 2014

Good to know!

Microsoft to Layoff Up to 18,000 Employees This Fiscal Year
July 17, 2014

From Satya's email: "Of that total, our work toward synergies and strategic alignment on Nokia Devices and Services is expected to account for about 12,500 jobs, comprising...

No-IP versus Microsoft: The Net Result
July 16, 2014

Fixing Display Problems in Office 2013 Applications
July 16, 2014

According the Microsoft the ultimate fix is to upgrade the drivers for the graphics display hardware.

Microsoft Sticks ConfigMgr 2012 Servicing Extension Beta on Connect
July 15, 2014

No, shouldn't be a code. I'm still able to see it using the link provided.

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