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 and Engagement Director 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

Microsoft Confirms Acquisition of Cloud Security Company Adallom
Microsoft is adding another acquisition, this time to bolster Cloud security.
Windows 10 Enterprise Features Coming to Windows Insiders This Month
Later this month, Microsoft is planning to deliver new enterprise-class features to Windows 10.
Dell to Sell and Service Microsoft's Surface Pro Tablets
Microsoft and Dell have entered into a commercial market agreement where Dell will sell and service Surface Pro tablets.
Office 2013 RT Catches Up with Last Month's Security Updates
Almost a month after the August security releases, Office 2013 RT gets patched.
What Windows Update for Business is, and what it is not 1
Windows Update for Business is a set of features the Microsoft is building into Windows 10 that will be delivered over time.
Microsoft Releases 3092627 to Fix App Freezes Caused by MS15-084
An update released late yesterday is intended to fix app freezes brought on by an August Patch Tuesday security update.
Your Best Chance This Year to Learn How to Deploy and Manage Windows 10
This year at IT/Dev Connections, we're prepared to bring you the absolute best training for deploying and managing Windows 10 for your organization.
Microsoft to Retire the Intune Portal, Merge it into Office 365
Microsoft is retiring the Intune portal and merging it with the Office 365 console.
Microsoft's New Culture, Ambitions, and Strategy Are Based on a Book
Microsoft has a mission to change its culture so that it can become laser-focused on customer obsession.
Microsoft Releases WMF 5.0 into Production Preview
The next version of PowerShell and related components is very close to official release. Microsoft has now released what could be the last preview before the official version.
Microsoft is Listening, Change Lists for Windows 10 Updates are Coming for Enterprises 3
Change lists are coming for Windows 10 Enterprise customers, allowing IT to be more cautious and responsive in delivering updates to end-users.
Microsoft Campus Visit 2015
I was part of a group of press people that had the opportunity to visit the Microsoft campus recently for a series of meeting and tours, designed to develop a liaison community for bringing clarity of communication and openness.
The Business Story for Windows 10 is Still Being Written
Better business features for Windows 10 are planned for later this year. But is the business strategy becoming clearer?
Microsoft May Launch Office 2016 Next Month
An internal memo shows that Microsoft is planning the release of its next version of the Office suite.
Revised MS15-080 Update May Mean a Reinstall is Required
Microsoft has provided an updated security patch. Depending on your method of original installation, you may be required to download it and install it again.
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...

Microsoft Expected to Release Critical Internet Explorer Security Update on Tuesday, August 18
August 18, 2015

Just verified. Should still show up in the next hour or so, but definitely today.

Reasons Why Windows 10 Might be Downloading on Domain-Joined Computers
August 11, 2015

SWAY? No. The Windows 10 media creation tool Microsoft released just for this.

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...

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