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

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.
ASP.NET September Patch Fixes a Final Bug and Says Farewell to EnableViewStateMac
A rereleased update this month removes the ability to use a potentially dangerous switch in web applications. For some, the impact could be major.
Connect Azure to Your On-premises Data with the Hybrid Connection Client
Using a special client, you can continue to store your company data in your local datacenter, but still access it from the Cloud.
Worth Knowing: Security Updates Fail for Windows Server 2012 if BitLocker is not Installed 2
If you've uninstalled, or not installed, BitLocker on Windows Server 2012, you'll not be able to install security patches without this hotfix.
Microsoft August Update's Secret New GPO Setting to Unpin the Store Icon Revealed
A new configuration option for eliminating the Microsoft Store icon for Windows 8.1 Update was delivered in an August patch.
Surface Pro 3 the Only Microsoft Tablet to Get Updates for September 2014, Wi-Fi Fixes Galore
September's Surface Pro 3 firmware update contains multiple fixes for Wi-Fi problems.
Adobe Changes Its Patch Schedule, Delays by a Week
Citing problems, Adobe is delaying security updates for Reader and Acrobat by a week.
Microsoft's Miracast Adapter is Very Netgear-Like with One Exception 2
Releasing soon, the Microsoft Screen Sharing for Lumia Phones is a device designed to make display duplication easier.
Take a Tour through Troubleshooting WSUS Client Issues
Microsoft has provided a special KB article that allows you to walkthrough steps to fix WSUS client connectivity problems.
Have Microsoft's Update Problems Changed Your Patching Policies?
Has your perception of the quality of Microsoft's updates changed? If so, are you changing your company's patching policies to accommodate?
Command-line Tool to Manage Surface Pro 3 Asset Tags
The AssetTag.exe utility gives companies the option to assign asset tag information that can later be queried using the same tool.
Microsoft Azure (IaaS) Cost Estimator Tool Exits Beta
In beta for only a couple months, the Microsoft Azure (IaaS) Cost Estimator tool is now ready for public consumption.
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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