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

Web-based Server Management Tools Hit Public Preview
Web-based server management tools are now available for public testing.
Eye on Updates: New Quick-glance Windows 10 Servicing Resource Available
Another new resource available today gives IT Pros a valuable resource to ensure Windows 10 devices are running the latest servicing branch.
Microsoft February 2016 Patch Tuesday Delivers Unlucky 13 Security Fixes
13 different security updates have been released and are ready to test and install.
Windows 10 February 2015 CU Rolling Out Now, Addresses Edge Caching for InPrivate Browsing
Two versions of a Cumulative Update are rolling out for Windows 10 right now.
Microsoft Launches Windows 10 Update History Page for IT Pros
Windows 10 finally gets its own update history information.
Quick Tip: Testing Windows 10 Changes by Refreshing Windows Explorer
Use Task Manager in Windows 10 to restart the Windows Explorer process.
Replacing Command Prompt with PowerShell in the Windows 10 Start Menu
If you'd like to replace the Command Prompt option with PowerShell for multiple computers, use this registry key.
Adding "Run as a Different User" Option to Apps in Windows 10
By making a simple registry modification you can enable the ability to run apps under a specific user account.
Free eBook: Introducing Windows 10 for IT Professionals
A new free eBook gives a pretty good overview of the features of Windows 10 that might interest IT Pros.
ITDC 2016 Prep: Modern Microsoft BI for BI Professionals and Architects with Jen Underwood
Jen Underwood is a brilliant speaker and notable evangelist for SQL Server and Business Intelligence. Jen’s sessions are always rated extremely favorable at IT/Dev Connections. I’m positive this year will be no different.
GTKY: New Enterprise Mobility/BYOD Book Rolls off the Press This Week
If you’re tasked this year with developing a strategy for BYOD, improving on your current strategy, or need to figure out how to manage your existing mobile workforce, there’s a couple things you can do.
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.
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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