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

Update That Will Enable You to Deploy the Windows 10 Anniversary Update Still MIA
Microsoft's update to it's WSUS update is still pending.
Some Security Updates This Month Will No Longer Be Available from the Microsoft Download Site 1
Microsoft is making a change in the download links for Security bulletins this month.
Google Chrome Overtakes Microsoft’s Internet Explorer, Edge Nowhere to Be Found 4
While Google's Chrome web browser takes the market lead, Microsoft Edge is nowhere to be found.
SysInternals Tools Sysmon, Procdump, and Sigcheck Updated
Three tools in the suite have been updated with bug fixes and new features.
Download Administrative Templates for Windows Server 2016 Technical Preview 5
The administrative templates for Windows Server 2016 are now available.
Double-take: Microsoft to Purchase Ten Million Long Oligonucleotides for Storage
Microsoft is investing in storage technology that can safely and securely retain data for up to 10,000 years.
Latest Windows Server Technical Preview Needs an Immediate Cumulative Update to Be Current
Windows Server 2016 Technical Preview 5 needs a batch of patches applied right after installation.
Surface Dock Updater Added to Surface Tools Suite
A new tool allows IT admins to deploy updates to multiple Surface Docks at once.
Google Expands Its Google Apps Business Offer to Try and Lure Away Office 365 Customers
Google is making another push to get businesses interested in its cloud-based productivity suite.
PowerShell for Docker Available for Early Testing
Microsoft is making available a PowerShell module to be used for managing Docker.
Securely Wipe a Surface Device with the Microsoft Surface Data Eraser Utility
Using a Microsoft-supplied utility, you can securely erase data from a Service device.
Cool Tool: Microsoft Surface Diagnostic Toolkit
Microsoft has provided a tool to perform diagnostics against potentially failing Surface hardware.
Latest Surface Update Gets a Good-Enough Rating
If you are tasked with deploying Surface hardware in your organization, you'll want to include this latest firmware and driver update in your images.
April 2016 Security Release ISO Image Ready for Download
The April 2016 security release ISO image is now available.
AWS DSC PowerShell Module Available
A new module registers an AWS EC2 instance as a DSC Node in Azure Automation.
Something to Think About: Nano Server Does Not Support Group Policy
May 11, 2016

Thanks, GP MVP Jeremy Moskowitz! :)

Surface Book Hits a Stable Juncture with One Big Caveat
March 7, 2016

Isn't it, though? That's the state we're in, though. A lot of folks seem to be lulled into a false sense of security by the "Insider" program. If it's not called "beta" it can...

Microsoft February 2016 Patch Tuesday Delivers Unlucky 13 Security Fixes
February 12, 2016

Can you check to see if it's related to: KB3114717?

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...

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