Rod Trent

Engagement, Education, and Conference Director ,

Rod Trent is the Engagement, Education, and Conference Director for Penton. 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, and comic book aficionado. Follow Rod on Twitter

Latest Surface Update Gets a Good-Enough Rating
If you are tasked with deploying Surface hardware in your organization, you'll want to include this latest firmware and driver update in your images.
April 2016 Security Release ISO Image Ready for Download
The April 2016 security release ISO image is now available.
AWS DSC PowerShell Module Available
A new module registers an AWS EC2 instance as a DSC Node in Azure Automation.
Hold Off on Deploying KB3148812 for Now
A recent update for WSUS servers is causing all sort of problems. Microsoft is recommending delaying the installation.
Microsoft Software Engineer Offering Patch Tuesday Help Online
One lone Microsoft engineer has taken to the web to help turn the tide on Patch Tuesday problems.
Windows 10 1511 Now Deemed Business-worthy, Approved for CBB
Microsoft today has approved Windows 10 1511 for the Current Branch for Business.
Using the Surface Deployment Accelerator to Create Enterprise Images
A new set of tools provides IT with options for deploying and managing Surface devices in the enterprise.
The Patch Whenever Conundrum 3
Is Microsoft's new unstructured patch delivery hurting customers? Is Patch Fatigue a real thing?
Cool App: Project Your Windows Mobile Screen to Your PC Over USB 1
An updated app allows you to mirror the actions on your smartphone on your PC screen.
Remote Desktop Client Beta for Mac Gets Multi-Monitor Support
An update to the beta version of Remote Desktop Client for Mac brings multiple monitor support and other enhancements.
Behind the Scenes: How Microsoft Prepares for Build 2016
Get a behind the scenes look at the setup and preparation for Microsoft's big developer's conference.
Microsoft Build 2016: Join the Social
Get ready for the noise! Build 2016 kicks off in fine form in San Francisco and we're prepared to provide the best coverage possible.
Microsoft Adds a Patch Day to the Regular Monthly Update Schedule for Office Products 1
Microsoft is separating out its big fixes and security updates for Office products.
Japanese Firm to Acquire Dell’s Consulting Business
As part of it's restructuring strategy, Dell is selling its consulting business to a Japanese firm.
Windows 10 1511 February ISO Contains the Insider Hub Package
If you’re using Windows 10 ISO’s to develop and deploy your upgrades and images for Windows 10 throughout your organization, you should be aware that the Insider Hub app is actually included in the image.
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...

Windows 10 1511 Headed to WSUS in a “Couple Weeks,” KB3095113 Needed
December 4, 2015

This is strictly for handling Windows 10 feature upgrades like the one from November. However, any feature upgrade can also be used to fully upgrade Windows 7 and Windows 8...

Windows 10 1511 – What’s Available, What's Coming
December 1, 2015

That's true, however, that also assumes you want to be running beta software the rest of your life. Or, you don't you users running beta software. :)

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