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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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.

IT/Dev Connections 2016 Speaker Highlight: Liam Cleary
Part of an ongoing series, we're highlighting the excellent speakers we have handpicked to present phenomenal and extremely valuable content at the IT/Dev Connections conference. Want more? Get the Insider’s Scoop about IT/Dev Connections 2016 in the on-demand replay of our September 8 webinar.
Microsoft’s Last Standard Patch Tuesday Comes with 13 Patch Sendoff 10

Today marks the end of an era. As someone who was on the original team that delivered the strategy and documentation for Patch Tuesday it’s sort of a sad day. The updates delivering today are the last we’ll see where they are separated into individual patches.

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...

Hyper-V Master Class

Hyper-V Master Class with John Savill
Live Online Training: Thursdays, April 27th to May 18th
Register by April 20th and Save 20%!

John Savill provides 12 hours of detailed instruction covering all the key aspects of a Hyper-V based virtualization environment covering both capabilities in Windows Server 2012 R2 and Windows Server 2016. John will walk attendees through resource allocation and architecture, storage, networking (including Network Virtualization), clustering, migration technologies, replication, private cloud, session virtualization, migration from other technologies, integration with Microsoft Azure, and more. At the end of this class, attendees will be able to architect and manage an enterprise-level Hyper-V environment.


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