Rod Trent

IT Community Manager,

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

US-Bought Surface Pro 3’s Don’t Work with Wi-Fi Channels Above 11 in Europe
If you're a European that purchased a Surface Pro 3 in the United States, you might have problems connecting to Wi-Fi networks that require a channel above 11.
Microsoft Consolidating Its Partner Twitter Accounts
Microsoft is consolidating its social media Partner efforts.
The IT/Dev Connections Conference Guide for OneNote Users
For those that rely on and use OneNote as much as I do, I’m supplying the Conference Guide in OneNote format. Simply download it, unzip the included file, open it in OneNote, and then organize it how you want.
Windows Intune Data Privacy
If you're using Windows Intune to manage computers and devices, do you understand Microsoft's data privacy policies concerning the Cloud-based management service?
You Say: Microsoft’s Update Woes Changing Corporate Patching Policies 1
According to a recent poll, respondents say the perception that Microsoft's released patches are not trustworthy is altering when updates are delivered throughout the company.
KB2889866 Recommendation: Uninstall for Now
You might want to consider uninstalling KB2889866 until a fixed patch is available.
4 Steps to Windows Server 2003 Migration Planning 1
Windows Server 2003 reaches end of life on July 14, 2015. Are you ready?
Microsoft Rolls out a Bevy of Azure Improvements, GAs, and Previews
Microsoft just keeps chugging along with 5 big Azure announcements.
Microsoft Unwraps the New OneDrive Single File Upload Limit, Announces New Features
Microsoft has rolled out new features for OneDrive. Among those is a new single file upload limit.
Azure Recovery Services Agent Updated with Fixes and New Features
An update to the Recovery Services agent improves retention age, makes agent registration easier, and brings support for CORE SKUs.
Integrate StorSimple into the Old Standard, the Microsoft Management Console
StorSimple Snapshot Manager is used to configure backup schedules and retention policies, generate on-demand backups, and clone or restore volumes.
Surface Pro 3 Diary Entry 2: Desktop Achieved, My Setup, and Adapters Needed 8
My second diary entry details my current setup and how its all working together.
IT/Dev Connections: SpeakerShots, Episode 5
The Belgium Connection! In episode 5, we highlight our Belgium speakers Kenny Buntinx, Dieter Wijckmans, and Tim De Keukelaere.
First September 2014 Update Pulled is KB2889866
Microsoft has just pulled KB2889866 which is reported to have issues.
Problems Running the New-CMSiteSystemServer PowerShell Cmdlet? There’s a Fix for That
Those looking forward to using some of the PowerShell cmdlets for System Center Configuration Manager might find at least of them to be troublesome.
How can I add a printer from the command line?
September 12, 2014

Hi! Do you have access to Group Policy or some other printer driver installation method? It can be done with a batch file, but not recommended.

Surface Pro 3 Diary Entry 2: Desktop Achieved, My Setup, and Adapters Needed
September 12, 2014

I can confirm the screens do wake up correctly. Stepping away from the office for a bit and coming back to the configuration "sleeping," I just hit the Surface power button...

Microsoft's Miracast Adapter is Very Netgear-Like with One Exception
September 10, 2014

I believe the issue, though, is more of a Miracast problem (and proper drivers) than a Netgear problem. And, you'll see that the Lumia's will connect consistently, but it's...

Surface Pro 3 Diary Entry 1: Quest for the Desktop
September 8, 2014

Thanks for that! Good to know I should expect some success.

Setting Up, Using, and Disconnecting Remote Desktop for Windows Phone 8.1
September 6, 2014

I'm sure it's possible, but probably not recommended. Not sure the experience would be that good. :)

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