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 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

What is the SQL Server 2016 Query Data Store?
SQL Server 2016 will introduce a feature that will store query performance history and allow administrators to rollback to a known-good configuration.
Book Review: Office 365 for Exchange Professionals
A new book covering Exchange and Office 365 introduces a first offering with updating cadence designed to match Microsoft's new product release cycles, keeping the content fresh and relevant.
Fortify Your SysInternals Tool Belt with These Four Updates
AccessChk, Autoruns, Process Monitor, and VMMap have all received updates providing improvements and bug fixes.
Mid-Year Review: Top IT Technologies to Learn in 2015 4
At the end of 2014 I made predictions about the technologies you need to learn to be successful in IT. Are those still valid suggestions?
IT/Dev Connections 2015: The Right-sized, Highly Engaged, Deeply Personal, IT Technology Conference

With a couple big Microsoft events under our belts already this year, it’s time to set our focus to the other side of IT event offerings, specifically the deep-dive, valuable, and community infused conferences.

Reminder: Support for SQL Server 2005 Ends April 12, 2016
In less than a year, SQL Server 2005 will reach end of life.
May's Surface Pro Series Firmware Updates Now Available for Enterprises
The May firmware update for Surface Pro 2 and Surface Pro 3 is now available for download for Enterprise deployment.
Surface Pro Series Firmware Rolling Out Today, Here's What's in It
Included in a firmware update releasing today, the Surface Pro 3 and Surface Pro 2 will get better Miracast support and new audio and UEFI drivers to support the new graphics driver.
Patch Tuesday: Microsoft Confirms KB3020369 the Culprit for Stuck Installations
Microsoft has finally confirmed a problem with one of this month's updates and has since modified the KB article to reflect the problem and short term fix.
New Android-heavy Microsoft Intune Features Rolling Out Starting Today
The monthly update for Microsoft Intune is rolling out starting today, bringing some bigger capabilities for those tasked with managing Android devices.
Windows 10 will be an Azure AD Citizen Out of the Box 1
Microsoft is making it easier in Windows 10 to authenticate with Azure.
Patch Tuesday: KB3046002 Causing Install Hangs 2
Customers attempting to install KB3046002 are finding their computers hanging during the update.
Missing Security Bulletins Explained for WSUS and ConfigMgr Users
To avoid duplication, Microsoft merged two security bulletins into one for those using WSUS and Configuration Manager to deploy May patches.
ConfigMgr 2012 R2 and 2012 Service Packs Roll Out Today
As promised, Microsoft is making service packs available for System Center Configuration Manager 2012 R2 and Configuration Manager 2012.
Connecting Your Servers and Workstations Directly to Microsoft Operations Management Suite
With OMS you can install agents on on-premises systems to manage and monitor them in the Cloud.
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...

Eastbound and Up: Highest IT Salaries Are Not Where You Might Think
April 24, 2015

Thanks for the heads-up! Fixed.

Happy 2nd Patch Tuesday for April 2015
April 21, 2015

Go to 1:18 in the video...

Patch Tuesday: Microsoft Explains the Windows 10 Upgrade Plumbing Delivered in April's Releases
April 17, 2015

I suspect, as we get closer, MSFT will detail registry modifications and GPO settings to disable it or change the frequency.

Surface Pro 3 Diary Entry 4: Monitor Sync Issues
March 27, 2015

My connections are solid and I've not heard that issues from anyone else.

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