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

New TCP Enhancements Coming in Windows 10 Anniversary
Windows 10 Anniversary edition will deliver new TCP functions.
Hardcopy Books Take Another Hit: Microsoft Press Swept Clean of Editorial Staff 4
Microsoft is still cleaning house. This time change hits Microsoft Press.
IT/Dev Connections 2016 Session Catalog is Live!

With much fanfare, we’re ready to announce the official 2016 version of the IT/Dev Connections session catalog!

To review the 221 sessions currently posted (more are coming!), jump out to the IT/Dev Connections web site (, tap or click the Our Content menu item, and then choose Session Catalog.

Yammer Be Damned: Office 365 Gets a New Community Platform
The Microsoft Office 365 community is getting a new networking platform.
Microsoft Press Releases free Windows 10 eBook Written by Ed Bott
A new, free eBook is available that is intended to answer the "How do I..." question that are sure to be asked by end-users who have been upgraded.
Microsoft’s Azure Stack Delayed to Allow Partners Time to Certify Hardware

At an event earlier this year I was able to chat with individuals who are working closely with the Microsoft teams to produce a strategy around the company’s Hybrid Cloud offerings. Despite working on ways to bridge the gap between on-premises and Azure, the company has faced internal struggles as to which strategy is best. Microsoft first introduced the Azure Pack which provided a synching conduit between the on-premises and in-cloud realities. Last year, the company announced it would replace Azure Pack with Azure Stack. And, this is the crux of the struggle.

July 2016 Patch Tuesday: Gotta Catch ‘em All! 3
July 2016 security updates have started flowing downhill.
Microsoft Officially Announces Windows Server 2016 Will Launch During Ignite
Microsoft plans to officially take the wraps off its next server version during it's mega-event in September.
Enterprise Mobility Suite Gets Rebranded to Enterprise Mobility + Security
Enterprise Mobility Suite is getting a new name and new licensing.
Microsoft PFE Educates on Why Microsoft Broke GPOs Last Month

To catch you up quickly, Microsoft delivered an update in June 2016 that essentially broke Group Policy for many organizations. Read through these:

Patch Tuesday: Security Update for Group Policy Breaks Group Policy

Update on KB3163622 That Breaks Group Policy: It’s Not Me, It’s You

Consumer MVPs Finally Get a New Home

With Microsoft refocusing its efforts on developers and businesses, those most interested in consumer devices have been left out in the cold. More importantly, it took Microsoft since last October to figure out what to do with its MVP groups that have been focused in this area for years. Last October the company reorganized into 36 areas of technical expertise to a set of 10 broader categories that encompass a combined set of 90 technology areas. However, many MVPs who helped foster community and deliver volunteer support for Windows and devices had no home.

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...

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