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

Azure AD Connect to Hit GA This Month
The consolidated Active Directory synching tool is expected to release this month.
Keeping Windows 10 Up-to-Date for Enterprises, CBB Will Have 8 Months to Update
New information has come to light about Microsoft's strategy for keeping businesses up to date and secure with Windows 10.
Microsoft Gives ConfigMgr and Intune Customers a Voice - on UserVoice
Microsoft has created new options on to provide customers with a feedback mechanism for Configuration Manager and Microsoft Intune.
Microsoft Ignite Headed to 40,000 Attendees?
In a roughly 10 minute interview, the marketing folks in charge of Microsoft Ignite this year speak about vision, strategy, and the future of the event.
Microsoft Acquires BlueStripe Software
Today Microsoft is announcing the acquisition of BlueStripe Software, a provider of monitoring solutions for System Center and the heterogeneous Cloud.
Patch Tuesday: HTTP Strict Transport for Windows 8.1 and Windows 7
As part of its regular Cumulative Security release for Internet Explorer, Microsoft is enabling mixed communication streams using HSTS.
Microsoft Surface Hub Available for Order July 1, Pricing Revealed
Today Microsoft has taken the wraps off availability and pricing for its massive, boardroom touchscreen computer.
Patch Tuesday June 2015: 8 Security Updates, 2 of Them Critical
Today Microsoft is releasing 8 security updates as part of its long-standing monthly patch dispatch.
Update Servicing Branches Available for Each Windows 10 Edition
With Windows 10, Microsoft will offer new delivery cadences based on needs, requirements, and OS edition.
Disabling the Windows 10 Upgrade Notification
Using the registry editor, you can block the Windows 10 upgrade notification.
HP Enterprise Intends to Join the Hybrid Cloud Party Platform
At HP Discover, the hardware company unveiled a vision for it's Cloud future.
Fair Warning: Microsoft's Continuing Enterprise Price Hikes Will Make it Harder to Avoid the Cloud 3
In August, Microsoft will increase Enterprise licensing by 13%.
What is the SQL Server 2016 Query Data Store?
SQL Server 2016 will introduce a feature that will store query performance history and allow administrators to rollback to a known-good configuration.
Book Review: Office 365 for Exchange Professionals
A new book covering Exchange and Office 365 introduces a first offering with updating cadence designed to match Microsoft's new product release cycles, keeping the content fresh and relevant.
Fortify Your SysInternals Tool Belt with These Four Updates
AccessChk, Autoruns, Process Monitor, and VMMap have all received updates providing improvements and bug fixes.
Microsoft's Windows 10 Upgrade Policy for Business Not What You Might Think
June 2, 2015

The user can still choose to install or not (see for deeper coverage on this), but if you use automatic updates, you'll never know when an end-user decides to...

Eastbound and Up: Highest IT Salaries Are Not Where You Might Think
April 24, 2015

Thanks for the heads-up! Fixed.

Happy 2nd Patch Tuesday for April 2015
April 21, 2015

Go to 1:18 in the video...

Patch Tuesday: Microsoft Explains the Windows 10 Upgrade Plumbing Delivered in April's Releases
April 17, 2015

I suspect, as we get closer, MSFT will detail registry modifications and GPO settings to disable it or change the frequency.

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.

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