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

Supported Upgrade Paths for the New System Center Configuration Manager
The next version of System Center Configuration Manager will provide a much wider upgrade path than before.
Next Microsoft Intune Update to Bring New Windows 10 Management Features
The next Microsoft Intune update is imminent, preparing the way for the next big Windows 10 update in November.
Surface Trade-up and Trade-in Program for Businesses
A new program from Microsoft allows businesses to trade-in old equipment to purchase new devices.
The Future of System Center Configuration Manager: Getting the Windows 10 Treatment
Significant changes are coming yet this year to the on-premises endpoint management product, System Center Configuration Manager.
Six SysInternals Updates, Some with Windows 10 Support
Grab these six updated Sysinternals tools to keep your collection up-to-date and bug free.
Surface Book and Surface Pro 4 Get Their Own Update History Pages, Surface Pro 3 Firmware Imminent
With firmware updates available for all of Microsoft's latest Surface devices, the update history pages have yet to catch up.
Cool Tool: Script to Selectively Fix Common Windows Update Problems
Here's a CMD script that will allow you to solve any number of problems associated with Windows Update.
Dell World Proves that a Privatized Dell is a Public Contender 1
AT Dell World 2015, Dell proved that a private company can have big public implications.
Microsoft Operations Management Suite Comes to Mobile Devices
Microsoft has made available mobile client software for customers using Operations Management Suite to management, protect, and monitor their hybrid cloud.
First Firmware Ready for Surface Book and Surface Pro 4, Fixes Bugs and Enables Windows Hello
For companies that need to create deployable images for the Surface Book and Surface Pro 4, downloads are available for each device.
Dell Future-Ready Economies Model

Dell released the Dell Future Ready Economies Model, which was developed by IHS Economics in partnership with Dell. The model measures how well an economy is positioning itself for innovation and growth. By studying Future Ready Economies and their attributes, cities, businesses and people can create policies and strategies that will enable their region to prosper and achieve strong economic health.

Dell Introduces New Solutions and Services to Support and Protect Scalable, Cost-Efficient Datacenters
Dell today announced new solutions and services designed to help large-scale datacenter customers achieve mission-critical business goals faster and more consistently with less cost and downtime.
Dell Reinforces ‘All-Data’ Strategy with Enhanced Big Data Analytics Capabilities to Help Companies Thrive in the Modern Data Economy
Dell announced new offerings to its end-to-end big data and analytics portfolio designed to help customers turn all data into insights for better decision making.
Dell Extends End-to-End Security Offerings to Protect Customers from Rapidly Evolving Threats
Dell today announced a new, full range of security solutions that enable customers to implement a comprehensive enterprise security strategy to protect their organizations from evolving threats while strengthening business agility.
Microsoft Installs Windows 10 by Default – by Accident 5
Did you get auto-upgraded to Windows 10 this week? Microsoft has apologized.
GPO Settings for Windows Update for Business
November 17, 2015

Those options currently only exist on the local computer group policy. I suspect the templates will be updated shortly. The Enterprise version of 1511 only released yesterday...

Microsoft Ignite Canceled for Chicago - Rescheduled for September in Atlanta
October 15, 2015

We're discussing that already. Should have an announcement soon.

Troubleshooting Windows Updates for Windows 10 Part 1: Generating Log Files
September 3, 2015

Too much travel recently. Will wrap up part 2 shortly.

Microsoft is Listening, Change Lists for Windows 10 Updates are Coming for Enterprises
August 31, 2015

It's basically an instance where they are saying "please, bear with us - we're on new ground here" - related to Windows as a Service. I just don't believe they understood how...

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