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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For Better or Worse: Microsoft Aligns Windows Server 2016’s Patching Matrix with Windows 10’s
Updating a client operating system with Automatic Updates (AU) enabled by default is one thing (but, still draws plenty of ire from the IT administrator), but a Server OS?
Azure Analysis Services in Public Preview, More Announcements
The public preview of Azure Analysis Services was made available today, along with some additional announcements around new cloud-based data services.
Latest Rollup Fixes Office 365-Windows Server Essentials Integration

Thanks to Microsoft, we rarely know what’s included in the onslaught of various update rollups that are intended for fix a gaggle of issues in one fell swoop. However, the company is outlining one specific fix in the October 18 rollup that solves an issue that was talked about a few times and given workarounds during IT/Dev Connections 2016 sessions.

Celebrate PowerShell’s 10th Birthday on November 14th
In the event you’re looking for a bit of trivia to “wow” your friends and colleagues, PowerShell was born on November 14th, 2006, which means in just a couple weeks, PowerShell will be 10 years old.
Windows Server 2016 Essentials Releases to General Availability
Microsoft today has announced it has released the Essentials edition of Windows Server 2016 to General Availability (GA). Essentials is now available through all channels.
DoD Gets Its Own Azure Datacenters from Microsoft has a nice ring to it, and I’m sure Microsoft would institute that naming convention in a second.
Device Guard and Credential Guard hardware readiness tool
Microsoft has now released a readiness tool, designed to check to see if the hardware is ready to support these emerging technologies.
Free eBook on Data Science Using Microsoft SQL Server 2016

Just off a fantastic IT/Dev Connections 2016 that delivered a lot of great information from industry experts on SQL Server 2016, analytics, Big Data, and R, this new free eBook from Microsoft Press should be a great companion guide.

The book, Data Science with Microsoft SQL Server 2016, won’t be at the same deep-dive level as the sessions you could attend at IT/Dev Connections, but it’s a great way to peak your interest in learning more. At 90 pages, here’s the book description:

Download Microsoft Ignite Session Videos and Slidedecks

If you didn’t make it to Microsoft Ignite this year but would like to still take advantage of the sessions and session collateral – or maybe you made it to Ignite but are among the many who were bumped out of sessions you desperately wanted to attend due to the massive crowds – there’s a free download available that can help you organize your content consumption, even offline.

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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