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

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Sneaky GWX Trying to Upgrade Windows 10 Again? 7
GWX is at it again, attempting to upgrade Windows 7 computers to Windows 10.
Disabling the Installation of Consumer Apps on Windows 10 Business Computers
To ensure non-productive apps don't install automatically on Windows 10 business computers, use these methods.
Disabling the Windows Key on the Computer Keyboard Through the Windows Registry
If you need to disable the Windows Key on any keyboard, use this registry tip.
Microsoft Shuffles the MVP Program Again, Puts Consumer on the Backburner
Microsoft is reshuffling its MVP program to better reflect where the company intends to go in the next couple years.
SQL Server Will Love Linux in 2017
Executive VP for the Microsoft Cloud and Enterprise, took to the Microsoft blogs today to announce that his company will be working to bring SQL Server to Linux. Not just as database instance that can be accessed from a Linux box, but as a full blown data platform solution that will install and run across Windows Server and Linux, both on-premises and in the Cloud.
Surface Book Hits a Stable Juncture with One Big Caveat 3
Now that the biggest Surface Book problems seem resolved, is it safe to get back into the checkout line?
Microsoft TechNet Virtual Conference Next Steps

Over the past 3 days the first-ever TechNet Virtual Conference delivered Microsoft’s vision of the future for IT Pros. As a proud media sponsor of the event, we here at IT/Dev Connections hope you enjoyed our live stream and also our unique engagement and interaction.

Surface Firmware Gets New Naming Conventions This Month
This month, Microsoft is changing the naming structure of it's Surface firmware.
Putting a Permanent Stamp on Troubleshooting and Fixing Surface Power Problems
A new video tutorial can help diagnose power consumption problems for Microsoft's latest Surface class devices.
Losing the Browser Wars a Second Time 6
Is Microsoft set to lose the browser wars a second time?
IT/Dev Connections Teams with Microsoft to Deliver TechNet Virtual Conference 2016
Partnering on this effort makes a lot of sense for both us and Microsoft. Here at IT/Dev Connections we agree with much of what Microsoft will propose, which is why we deliver the conference content that we do – and in the manner we offer it. For Microsoft, IT/Dev Connections is the perfect next step for TechNet Virtual Conference attendees so they can get deep-dive, technical solutions to current issues but also to expand their expertise on the topics Microsoft presents in its online event.
Free eBook on Deploying Windows 10 with Configuration Manager 1
A new, free eBook gives you a solid first look at how to deploy Windows 10 using Microsoft technologies.
Quick Tip: Better URLs for Windows 10 Update History and Servicing Information 1
A couple community resources makes locating Windows 10 update information much easier.
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...

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. :)

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