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

Patch Tuesday: May 2015 Brings Unlucky 13, With 3 Critical Updates
Today Microsoft is set to deliver 13 updates to Windows systems.
Yeah, Windows 10 is the Last Version of Windows 5
How can a versionless Windows benefit business?
Run Windows from Any USB Flash Drive
WinToUSB is a handy utility for creating bootable versions of Windows on any flash drive.
Include Your Own Windows 8.1 Toast Notifications in Your Scripts
A small utility called ToastNotification allows you to deliver Windows 8.1 notifications to end-users.
WMIDiag Version 2.2 Released to Help Diagnose WMI Problems
Microsoft has released a new version of WMIDiag, including bug fixes and new functionality.
Surface 3 Driver for Mass Enterprise Deployment Now Available
Today Microsoft has released a new driver for the Surface 3 to make it more Enterprise-ready.
Windows Azure Pack to Become Azure Stack
Microsoft is bringing it's experience in building the Microsoft Cloud Platform System to on-premises datacenters with Azure Stack.
Digging Deeper into Windows Update for Business
Windows Update for Business is designed to bring innovation to the enterprise while also helping maintain a secure environment.
Windows Update for Business is Better, Says Microsoft 3
Microsoft intends to kill off its Patch Tuesday and replace it with smaller, more frequent updates managed using its new Windows Update for Business product.
Microsoft Ignite Back in Chicago for 2016
Despite a staggered start, Microsoft's Ignite conference will be back in Chicago for 2016.
Configuration Manager to Get Microsoft Intune Updating Capability this Fall
Set to release shortly after Windows 10, System Center Configuration Manager 2016 will include product update capabilities similar to Microsoft Intune.
Microsoft Ignite: Data is Sexy
Microsoft is investing significant resources to develop concepts and technologies to manage the massive amounts of accumulating data.
Office 2016 is About Collaboration, Could be Last Versioned Office 1
Microsoft Office 2016 will deliver later this year and represents an open productivity suite intent on collaboration.
ConfigMgr 2016 to Release Twice
System Center Configuration Manager 2016 will get two different releases in a short time frame.
It's like you were there: the keynote as Windows IT Pro saw it
Windows IT Pro's own Rod Trent (@rodtrent) and Lisa Schmeiser (@lschmeiser) were on hand for the Microsoft Ignite Keynote. Here's what mattered from the morning's announcements.
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.

The Tale of Two Windows 10 Browsers
March 26, 2015

Microsoft has alluded to a few "things." First, it will "just work" with the web - Microsoft's words. Secondly, it will sport a new UI. And, third, it will support plugins...

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