Rod Trent

Engagement, Education, and Conference Director ,

Rod Trent has over 25 years of IT experience, with over 20 dedicated systems management. Rod has written many books, thousands of articles (he's a writer not a blogger - there's a difference), and speaks at various conferences and User Groups during the year. But Rod's main focus has always been evangelizing technical community on the web and in “real life”.

Professionally, Rod is the Engagement, Education, and Conference Director for Penton Media, which plays perfectly into all of his specialized experiences, skills, and acquired expertise.

Personally, Rod is a fitness and health nut, enjoys a full life with his wonderful wife and four kids, and spends his downtime watching TV shows and movies from the 1970s and earlier.

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Discover Your Technology SuperPower and Win an All-Access Pass to IT/Dev Connections 2017!
In lieu of System Administrator Appreciation Day ( coming up on July 27, 2017 and for a little fun with a lot of reward, we have rolled out a Discover Your Technology SuperPower Sweepstakes.
Review: ATailorBird 15-inch Laptop Sleeve
If you want a quality, well-built, and affordable laptop sleeve, you can’t go wrong with this one.
Top 10: You know you’re at the wrong technology conference when…
Think you might accidentally choose the wrong technology conference to attend this year? We have some tips to help.
Microsoft: Cloud is My Business. And, Business is Good.

Microsoft’s public events over the past couple years – particularly those for Windows 10 and self-designed hardware devices – I think have really clouded (pun intended) the minds of some of its biggest customers, but definitely has lured many consumers away from the company’s real mission. Whether or not this has been on purpose, with its Windows 10 and Surface events Microsoft continues to promote itself as a consumer-friendly company, yet its recent revenue report shows a much different picture and a much different underlying focus.

ITDC 2017: What to Expect from the Enterprise Management, Mobility, & Security Track
This year, we’ve enlisted, Ami Casto as the track chair for this area. Ami’s vision, frontline expertise, and in-the-trenches experience gives her very valuable insight into this rapidly changing area. I can say that I’m truly excited to see how this track takes shape this year. And, I’m positive you will be, too, after reading through Ami’s strategy.
ITDC 2017: What to Expect from the Enterprise Collaboration Track
Our Track Chair this year for this combined track is expert and Microsoft MVP, Liam Cleary. With the deadline for submitting for speaking slots ending this Monday, February 20, 2017, Liam is excited to get started building the story for a very popular set of products and technologies. Liam has shared the following for attendees interesting in the collaborative sessions to get a good understanding of what to expect.
IT/Dev Connections 2017 Speaking Submissions: 1 Week to Go!
We’re just four days away from the deadline for submitting to speak at IT/Dev Connections 2017.
IT/Dev Connections One of the Top DevOps Conferences to Attend in 2017
We’ve made a DevOps conference list for the 2nd year in a row.
ITDC 2017: What to Expect from the Cloud and Datacenter Track
Without a doubt, the adoption of the cloud is impacting every organization – especially the traditional IT admin – and it is vital to really understand what the cloud actually is, what it means to your organization and how you help adopt it the right way.
Introducing ‘Blackout’ Sessions for IT/Dev Connections 2017
There are a number of speakers who would love to share NDA information with attendees, but hold back because of fear of being recorded. To make it easier for those speakers (usually program managers from big vendors) to talk without worry, we’ve created Blackout sessions.
Survey for SCCM 2007 customers
Microsoft needs some assistance determining the need for a resource for customers still running SCCM 2007 that want to deploy Windows 10. If you can help with this particular scenario, please participate in the following survey.
Call for Content Launches for IT/Dev Connections 2017!
Ready to try your speaking skills at one of the best technical conferences during the year? You may have honed your chops at some of the smaller boutique events, or even tried your hand at one of the large market-y events like Ignite, but now you get the chance to deliver your polished presentation skills to an audience hungry for deep, technical knowledge.
IT/Dev Connections 2017 Welcomes Track Chair Veteran Chander Dhall
Chander Dhall, one of the most well-known technical leaders in the development industry, is once again taking the helm of our Development and DevOps track for the 2017 conference. Chander’s contributions are one of the biggest reasons why IT/Dev Connections is considered the best developer’s conference each year.
IT/Dev Connections 2017 Confirms First Two Track Chairs: John Savill and Ami Casto
We are close to opening registration for the 2017 IT/Dev Connections conference and today we’re happy to announce our first two Track Chairs have been confirmed.
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...

Microsoft Stack Master Class

Master-Level Microsoft Stack Class with John Savill
Online Class: Thursdays Oct. 12th-Dec. 21st
30 Hours of Training for $995!

Understand the complete Microsoft solution stack, how the products work together, and how to implement and maintain for a total datacenter and desktop solution. This course covers the latest technology updates including Windows Server 2016 and Windows 10 and will enable the new capabilities to be leveraged in your organization.


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