Rod Trent

Senior Executive Editor, Windows IT Pro, SQL Server Pro, SharePoint Pro; Engagement Director,
Penton Technology, Penton

Rod Trent is the Senior Executive Editor for Penton Technology's Windows IT Pro, SQL Server Pro, Share Point Pro, Dev Pro Connections 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

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Microsoft Announces the non-Pro Surface 3
Today Microsoft has officially announced an addition to its Surface family of tablets, the non-Pro Surface 3.
Win a Full Pass to Microsoft Ignite 2015
If you’ve yet to register for Microsoft’s new, revamped technology conference, Ignite, Adaptiva is giving you the chance to win a full event pass valued at $2,200.
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Product Review: Inateck 2.5" External HDD Enclosure
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The IT Pro Weekly Wrap-up for March 27, 2015 1
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Short Takes: March 27, 2015
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Surface Pro 3 Diary Entry 4: Monitor Sync Issues
March 27, 2015

My connections are solid and I've not heard that issues from anyone else.

The Tale of Two Windows 10 Browsers
March 26, 2015

Microsoft has alluded to a few "things." First, it will "just work" with the web - Microsoft's words. Secondly, it will sport a new UI. And, third, it will support plugins...

Windows 10 to Aid in Microsoft's Mobile Payment Struggles
March 24, 2015

6% of just capable iPhone 6 devices.

Managing Windows 10's New Peer Updating Capability Using GPO
March 23, 2015

In a way. WSUS pulls updates from Microsoft, so does the current Windows Update client. But, in this case, instead of a client always going to WSUS, it will pull updates from...

Short Takes: March 6, 2015
March 6, 2015

You don't realize HOW CLOSE I came to talking about that Nobel Peace Prize thing in that section since the chairman was ousted this week.

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