Rod Trent

Rod
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IT Community Manager,
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Rod Trent is the IT Community Manager for Windows IT Pro and myITforum.com. 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

Articles
New UI to Ease Creation of Virtual Networks with Virtual Machine Manager
VMM Network Builder simplifies the steps required to create VLAN-isolated networks within VMM.
Lync, Exchange, and SharePoint MCSE Certification Seekers Now Have Just Two MCSA Paths
Microsoft has now pared the MCSE track for Lync, SharePoint, and Exchange down to two prerequisite paths.
Theories for Unreliable Microsoft Patches 1
Customers have been hit hard this month from a set of unreliable patches from Microsoft. But, what's the reason?
Patch the Patches: Hotfixes Released for Degrading Performance in IE7-11
A couple updates released in July and August are causing Internet Explorer performance to bog down over time.
Asking for a Do-over, Microsoft Pulls the Windows 8.1 August Update, Too 4
It's been a bad month for Microsoft's patching teams and could go down as the worst in recent history.
Microsoft Pulls KB2982791 After 4 Days of Blue Screens
Finally acknowledging a problem, Microsoft has pulled an update that is causing systems to bluescreen.
Surface Pro 3 Docking Station Now Available Everywhere in the U.S. and Canada
Today marks the day we can all get our hands on the Surface Pro 3 Docking Station.
You Can Sign-on to Test Windows 9 in September
At the end of September, brave users can agree to test the next version of Windows.
Verizon, AT&T, T-Mobile, and Sprint to Blame for Windows Phone Market Share? 7
No matter how fantastic Windows Phone actually is (and it is), no one is buying because no one is selling.
Community-supplied Fix for August Blue Screens
For those with bluescreen problems after applying August's updates from Microsoft, here's a workaround that will get you going again.
Microsoft Asking Help to Name Its TechEd (and others) Replacement 5
Microsoft promised more information about its TechEd replacement in September. To keep that promise, the company is asking for help in naming the new event.
Windows Azure Pack Firewall Port Requirements
Windows Azure Pack configures the proper firewall ports for you, but what if you need to customize or you notice suspicious traffic?
New GPO Admin Templates Released Now Include IE ActiveX Blocking Management
Microsoft has updated the GPO templates for Windows Server 2003 through 2012 R2 to enabled administrator's to manage the new ActiveX blocking feature for Internet Explorer.
New USB Connector Comes with Additional Costs 3
A new specification for USB had been approved and is heading to production.
The August Patches to Avoid for Now
Some of the August Updates released by Microsoft are causing significant problems. Here's the list to avoid.
Comments
Just as We Thought: Windows 7 Usage is Soaring
August 20, 2014

I'm with you, I never had issue with Vista, either. Ran it just fine and would have still have been running it if Win7 hadn't released. I only updated then because I'm one of...

Believe it or Not: Despite Huge Outages Recently, Azure is Somewhat Improved Over Q1
August 20, 2014

I'm currently trying to verify, but unless I missed something recently, last I heard the Office-type apps were not yet hosted on Azure. They've had outages of their own, but...

Surface 2 Series Left Out of August Firmware Updates, All Others Get Updated
August 13, 2014

Either a) you didn't apply last month's Firmware release, or b) you installed the regular Windows updates. :)

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