Theme Configuration Group Policy support for Office 2013

As announced on the Office IT Pro blog a few days ago, there are updated Office 2013 administrative templates and Office updates that allow an administrator to pre-configure the Office 2013 Theme. The term pre-configure is important, because the setting only applies as long as the user has not changed the theme before themselves via the GUI. When configuring the Theme via Group Policy, User Configuration \ Administrative Templates \ Microsoft Office 2013 \ Global Read More …

How to add your preferred Topics to your TechNet Forums profile

Not too long ago Microsoft introduced a new look and feel of the TechNet forums. I am not going to comment here whether this was a good move, but do know that lots of folks have challenges in getting to their preferred forums. While attending the System Center Universe conference last week, someone again mentioned having trouble finding their content in the new TechNet forums. Reason enough to provide a brief explanation how things work. Read More …

List ConfigMgr Software Update Group members with PowerShell

The below script allows you to select a Configuration Manager software update group and then lists the software updates that are assigned to it.

Windows 8.1 Command Prompt or PowerShell

If you have used the Windows 8.1 preview build, you will have noticed that the X-Menu by default had PowerShell enabled instead of the Command Prompt.. However within the RTM release of Windows 8.1 Microsoft changed this, so now the command prompt is the default again as it was in Windows 8. To change the default back to PowerShell open the Taskbar and Navigation Properties and enable ‚ÄúReplace Command Prompt with Windows PowerShell in the Read More …

MBSA 2.3 Preview Release Available

Based on a statement made by Microsoft in the August 2012 security bulletin, I wrote a short blog post back in November 2012 that there would be no MBSA version available for Windows 8. But it looks like plans have changed as Microsoft has now released a preview version of MBSA 2.3 that does provide support for Windows 8, Windows 8.1 as well as the new server editions. MBSA 2.3 release adds support for Windows Read More …