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

Dell World 2015 Preview
Dell World kicks off next week and here's what we expect to hear from the event.
Microsoft Ignite Canceled for Chicago - Rescheduled for September in Atlanta 3
Microsoft Ignite for Chicago in May 2016 has been cancelled.
Patch Tuesday: Windows 10 Gets an October 13th Cumulative Update to Bolster Security 1
The latest Windows 10 cumulative update is ready, ensuring that vulnerabilities in the latest OS version are addressed.
First Look: Microsoft Delivers Six Security Bulletins for October 2015
Three of this month's six Patch Tuesday offerings are rated as critical.
Microsoft’s Windows 10 Device Launch Event in Pictures
The Windows 10 Device Launch event like a boss.
For Business: Surface Pro 3, Surface Pro 4, or Surface Book? 3

Yesterday, Microsoft sent shivers through the devices world, providing something that only Apple had been able to muster over the past few years. Microsoft announced a reimagined, self-branded notebook, the Surface Book. With Apple’s luster notably dulling and Google continually satisfied with low-end and high volume, the world is ripe for a new media darling. It’s just interesting that the new hardware champion might end up being an old software company.

What You Got in the Latest Surface Pro 3 Firmware 2
The Surface Pro 3 was updated with a true firmware flash this week. Here's what was in it.
Microsoft Retrofits September Security Patches for Office 2016 1
Vulnerabilities in Microsoft's Office 2016 release exist and need to be patched.
Next Windows 10 Cumulative Update on the Wire
The 7th Cumulative Update for Windows 10 is now ready to install from Windows Update.
Microsoft Preps the Backend for Windows Update for Business
A new hotfix is available that provides support for Windows as a Service for WSUS.
New Unified OneDrive Sync Client Offers IT Management Features
Microsoft is delivering a more intelligent OneDrive for Business sync client into public preview.
Office 365 ExpressRoute Hits GA
Companies participating in Azure ExpressRoute for Office 365 can take advantage of better security and privacy and redundant and more reliable connections.
Prepping for AzureCon Coverage
Today Microsoft has made available new Azure news that will be covered during its first ever AzureCon virtual event.
De-clarification on Windows 10 New Feature Upgrades Release Cadence 2
If you were all set to expect a certain number of Windows 10 new feature releases per year, Microsoft has muddied the water a bit.
Packt Publishing Lowers Annual Subscription to $100
Packt Publishing offers an annual subscription that gives access to over 3,000 eBooks and videos.
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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