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

Snoverisms: The Wit and Wisdom of the Father of PowerShell
A new site seeks to capture the wit and wisdom of Jeffrey Snover.
Configuration Manager to Get Monthly Builds, Some Promoted to Current Branch
The release of the latest version of System Center Configuration Manager changes how often the product is updated and alters the numbering scheme.
System Center Configuration Manager Docs Complete Today’s Launch
After an earlier announcement that System Center Configuration Manager vNext is available, the docs teams have taken the wraps off their work.
First Look: Patch Tuesday for December 2015, 8 Critical and 4 Important 1
We're closing in on the last days of patching for 2015. Will it be good times or bad? Its a toss-up right now.
Windows 10 1511 Upgrade Now on WSUS 4
Windows 10 1511 upgrade is now available on WSUS servers.
Microsoft Makes It Official: System Center Configuration Manager vNext Hits GA
Microsoft officially releases System Center Configuration Manager vNext.
Lenovo Flags Its Own Support Software as Unsecure, Suggests Customers Uninstall 1
Toshiba is now recommending customers uninstall its support software due to a potential security risk.
Enabling Microsoft’s New Potentially Unwanted Application Feature
Turning on and off Microsoft's new download protection feature takes a bit of manual effort.
Windows 10 1511 Headed to WSUS in a “Couple Weeks,” KB3095113 Needed 4
If you’re planning on using WSUS to distribute the November feature update for Windows 10, you’ll need to take time to apply KB3095113 to your server.
Surface Book Inventories as “Other” Device, Fix Coming in January
If you use a centralized management system and have Surface Books on your network, inventory may have you scratching your head.
Report: Windows Server 2016 to Face Slow Adoption 1
Customers may not be buying what Microsoft is selling with advanced features for Windows Server 2016.
Microsoft Racing to Fix the Ultimate Laptop? 1
Can the Surface Book be fixed?
Windows 10 Moves Ahead of Windows XP 4
Windows 10 usage is advancing and has finally surpassed the reach of Windows XP.
Windows 10 with November Update Having Trouble Negotiating Access to Radius Servers
A bug in how Radius servers manage TLS connections is keeping Windows 10 November update computers from connecting to the network.
Microsoft Still Working to Get the Windows 10 Upgrade Right 1
A couple new updates for Windows is intended to help ease the upgrade to Windows 10.
Save the Date! IT/Dev Connections 2016 Web Site Goes Live!
December 10, 2015

Not yet, but very, very soon. I'll definitely be letting everyone know when registration is live. You can also be notified through the new IT/Dev Connections blog and by...

Windows 10 1511 Headed to WSUS in a “Couple Weeks,” KB3095113 Needed
December 4, 2015

This is strictly for handling Windows 10 feature upgrades like the one from November. However, any feature upgrade can also be used to fully upgrade Windows 7 and Windows 8...

Windows 10 1511 – What’s Available, What's Coming
December 1, 2015

That's true, however, that also assumes you want to be running beta software the rest of your life. Or, you don't you users running beta software. :)

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.

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