Rod Trent

Senior Executive Editor, Windows IT Pro, SQL Server Pro, SharePoint Pro; Engagement Director,
Penton Technology, Penton

Rod Trent is the Senior Executive Editor for Penton Technology's Windows IT Pro, SQL Server Pro, Share Point Pro, Dev Pro Connections 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

Anti-malware Support for Windows XP Expires Today
It's a bit shocking that we're still talking about Windows XP a year after it expired, but today marks another nail in the old operating system's security coffin.
AWS to Azure Migrations Included in Today's Hybrid Cloud Updates from Microsoft
Microsoft today has unveiled new features and publicly available products to help customers with investments and strategies around the Hybrid Cloud.
Windows Phone Isn't Dead, It's Changing
With news that Microsoft is restructuring its strategy for mobile hardware, how will this affect the future of the mobile experiences?
KB2952664 in an Endless Install Loop for Some 2
One of the updates released this week, KB2952664, is producing multiple installs on Windows 7 computers.
UPDATE: Expect a Critical Adobe Flash Update Today (Now Available)
Adobe is prepping a new update to protect users from it's Flash product.
New Policies in July's Windows Update Client to Stop Windows 10 Upgrades by Normal Users
Another new update to the Windows Update client this month bolsters the ability to block Windows 10 upgrades.
Skype for Business Now Available for Windows Phone
Today Microsoft has released one of the final pieces to its elimination of Lync branding.
Cloud Price Wars May be Over as Microsoft Set to Increase Azure Charges 2
Azure will get a bit more pricey come August 1.
Skype for Business Online Meeting Migration Tool in Technical Preview
A new tool released as a technical preview is needed to convert meetings into Skype for Business PSTN Conferencing.
Business Features for the Initial Rollout of Windows 10 1
New charts show the differences in features between Home, Pro, Enterprise, and Education editions of Windows 10.
Business Customers Get a Windows 10 Release Date of August 1
Today Microsoft has announced that Windows 10 will be available for Volume License customers on August 1, 2015.
Microsoft Brings On-premises and Cloud Closer Together for Monitoring, Automation and Data Protection
A new add-on for OMS seeks to bring a more seamless hybrid experience to organizations taking advantage of managing critical systems on-premises and in the Cloud.
Skype for Business Hits Preview with Advanced Broadcasting and Conferencing Features
Today Microsoft has released into preview new features for Skype for Business customers.
Microsoft Adds New Core i7 Entry Model to the Surface Pro 3 Line
Microsoft has released a new Core i7 model of its Surface line designed for business.
Mid-Year Review: Top IT Technologies to Learn in 2015 4
At the end of 2014 I made predictions about the technologies you need to learn to be successful in IT. Are those still valid suggestions?
Microsoft's Windows 10 Upgrade Policy for Business Not What You Might Think
June 2, 2015

The user can still choose to install or not (see for deeper coverage on this), but if you use automatic updates, you'll never know when an end-user decides to...

Eastbound and Up: Highest IT Salaries Are Not Where You Might Think
April 24, 2015

Thanks for the heads-up! Fixed.

Happy 2nd Patch Tuesday for April 2015
April 21, 2015

Go to 1:18 in the video...

Patch Tuesday: Microsoft Explains the Windows 10 Upgrade Plumbing Delivered in April's Releases
April 17, 2015

I suspect, as we get closer, MSFT will detail registry modifications and GPO settings to disable it or change the frequency.

Surface Pro 3 Diary Entry 4: Monitor Sync Issues
March 27, 2015

My connections are solid and I've not heard that issues from anyone else.

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