Rod Trent

IT Community Manager,

Rod Trent is the IT Community Manager for Windows IT Pro 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

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Microsoft August Update's Secret New GPO Setting to Unpin the Store Icon Revealed
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Surface Pro 3 the Only Microsoft Tablet to Get Updates for September 2014, Wi-Fi Fixes Galore
September's Surface Pro 3 firmware update contains multiple fixes for Wi-Fi problems.
Adobe Changes Its Patch Schedule, Delays by a Week
Citing problems, Adobe is delaying security updates for Reader and Acrobat by a week.
Microsoft's Miracast Adapter is Very Netgear-Like with One Exception 2
Releasing soon, the Microsoft Screen Sharing for Lumia Phones is a device designed to make display duplication easier.
Take a Tour through Troubleshooting WSUS Client Issues
Microsoft has provided a special KB article that allows you to walkthrough steps to fix WSUS client connectivity problems.
Have Microsoft's Update Problems Changed Your Patching Policies?
Has your perception of the quality of Microsoft's updates changed? If so, are you changing your company's patching policies to accommodate?
Command-line Tool to Manage Surface Pro 3 Asset Tags
The AssetTag.exe utility gives companies the option to assign asset tag information that can later be queried using the same tool.
Microsoft Azure (IaaS) Cost Estimator Tool Exits Beta
In beta for only a couple months, the Microsoft Azure (IaaS) Cost Estimator tool is now ready for public consumption.
Grab the IT/Dev Connections Conference Guide Early
The electronic format download of the IT/Dev Connections 2014 guide is now available.
Get the IT/Dev Connections 2014 Mobile App!
The mobile app for IT/Dev Connections 2014 is now available.
Bug or Feature? KB2918614 Alters Windows Installer Behavior
A change in how the Windows Installer service works is causing pains for Microsoft customers.
Surface Pro 3 Diary Entry 1: Quest for the Desktop 5
Join me on my journey to not only replace a laptop with the Surface Pro 3, but also a desktop.
IT/Dev Connections: SpeakerShots, Episode 4
In a world of sidekicks and dynamic duos, our speaker highlights in Episode 4 of SpeakerShots shows why IT/Dev Connections is rich with talent, expertise, and stars. Today we highlight Paul Thurrott and Mary Jo Foley.
Hotfix Released to Fix an Introduced Bug in the SCCM Connector for Service Manager
A newly released hotfix changes the way Service Manager reads Configuration Manager data.
Surface Pro 3 Diary Entry 3: My First Snafu
September 22, 2014

Thanks for the follow-up, Bernie! I'll definitely contact you directly next time.

How can I add a printer from the command line?
September 12, 2014

Hi! Do you have access to Group Policy or some other printer driver installation method? It can be done with a batch file, but not recommended.

Surface Pro 3 Diary Entry 2: Desktop Achieved, My Setup, and Adapters Needed
September 12, 2014

I can confirm the screens do wake up correctly. Stepping away from the office for a bit and coming back to the configuration "sleeping," I just hit the Surface power button...

Microsoft's Miracast Adapter is Very Netgear-Like with One Exception
September 10, 2014

I believe the issue, though, is more of a Miracast problem (and proper drivers) than a Netgear problem. And, you'll see that the Lumia's will connect consistently, but it's...

Surface Pro 3 Diary Entry 1: Quest for the Desktop
September 8, 2014

Thanks for that! Good to know I should expect some success.

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