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  1. Stop the "Windows update madness" on WS2016!

    Dear Microsoft Windows Server team. We would like _complete control_ over when we would like our our WS2016 to install windows updates! No more slow / timeconsuming server restarts because of "Getting Windows ready. Do not turn off your computer" messages when we just would like a quick restart of a production server.. No more TiWorker.exe using 100% of a CPU core during "*********" and so on.. And please fix the issues with '2017-08 Update for Windows Server 2016 for x64-based Systems (KB4035631)' asap. Thank you.

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      6 comments  ·  Configuration  ·  Flag idea as inappropriate…  ·  Admin →
    • pagefile

      Following this discussion:
      https://social.technet.microsoft.com/Forums/windowsserver/en-US/c5f2786c-ffac-4f14-b7a9-00612cdf784e/server-2016-vm-hangs-shutting-downrestarting-when-the-pagefile-is-on-a-different-vhdx?forum=winserverhyperv

      The core problem is the following, for example (simple config), for Exchange or SQL servers in a HYPER-V VM under Windows 2016:

      systemdrive for windows system (and sql, exchange core),
      datadrive for mbx data or sql-databases
      datadrive for log file
      drive for pagefile

      We create for all this drive a separat VHDX file and add this to the VM as SCSI drive.

      The drive for pagefile (fast SSD, NVMe or other) is exclusiv for the pagefile reserved. No other data on it. The drive for pagefile is the only drive with a pagefile for this vm.…

      12 votes
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        0 comments  ·  Bug  ·  Flag idea as inappropriate…  ·  Admin →
      • Dedicated Event Log for Windows Firewall Activity (pfirewall.log in the event logs)

        A dedicated Windows Event log for Windows Firewall activity - like pfirewall.log provides - would make centralized logging and reporting much easier and lead to greater adoption of the built in firewall. IPSec logging to the security Event Log is not a robust answer, as it causes too much log churn for most enterprises.

        27 votes
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          1 comment  ·  Other  ·  Flag idea as inappropriate…  ·  Admin →
        • Uninstall button greyed out in Software Center for applications that are pushed via a "required" collection

          When deploying an application through a collection in "required" state, uninstall button is greyed out. This doesn't happen if the application is installed through a collection in "available" state. We would like to have the uninstall button always accessible, no matter if the application was pushed in a required state or not. Corruption happens all the time and technicians need to be able to uninstall/reinstall all the time. Because uninstall is greyed out, they have to use the control panel instead, which defeats the purpose of using Software Center.

          5 votes
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            0 comments  ·  Applications & Add-ons  ·  Flag idea as inappropriate…  ·  Admin →
          • Support Azure AD domain join for Windows Server 2016

            Microsoft should strongly consider implementing support for Azure AD join in future builds of Windows Server 2016. I how a couple of customers that have nearly finished the transition to all cloud and is left with a couple of servers due to legacy software. They are currently left with the option to deploy Azure AD Domain Services for supporting a couple (2-5) servers.

            4 votes
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              1 comment  ·  Azure  ·  Flag idea as inappropriate…  ·  Admin →
            • DPM - AN absolutely worthless product

              I would like to see the Microsoft developers get off of their lazy @#$#@ and improve the DPM server. I am being forced to use a product that Microsoft should be ashamed to have their name on.

              3 votes
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                0 comments  ·  Other  ·  Flag idea as inappropriate…  ·  Admin →
              • Dark Theme for Group Policy Management Editor

                Include an option for a Dark theme view in the Group Policy Management Editor.

                4 votes
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                  0 comments  ·  Shell, GUI, & Explorer  ·  Flag idea as inappropriate…  ·  Admin →
                • Add option to re-check for updates before installing

                  When going to apply updates, there should at least be an option to check for updates if updates are already found. This was previously an option through Server 2012 R2 and is no longer possible. Because of this, changes to available updates may not be received by the client computer until after the update list is applied and the server is rebooted. Given how locked down the update interface is now, even having that option automatically happen in the background would be great.

                  In my environment, I use WSUS to patch all of my servers. This month, KB4041691 was installed…

                  23 votes
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                    0 comments  ·  Shell, GUI, & Explorer  ·  Flag idea as inappropriate…  ·  Admin →
                  • hyper-V Manager

                    In Virtual Machines list a column to show whether the VM is the primary replicating out, or a dormant replica.

                    I had a panicked user start the replica because he thought the VM was turned off.

                    That said, can I rename the VM on the replica side only (by adding the word REPLICA for example)?

                    2 votes
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                      1 comment  ·  Shell, GUI, & Explorer  ·  Flag idea as inappropriate…  ·  Admin →
                    • Support for Network Policy Server (NPS) Role on Server Core

                      Network Policy Server is an infrastructure services role much like ADDS, ADCS, DNS, and DHCP.

                      We need to have support for this role added to Server Core. Requiring a GUI for this role means more patches, wasted CPU cycles and wasted memory.

                      3 votes
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                        0 comments  ·  Other  ·  Flag idea as inappropriate…  ·  Admin →
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                          0 comments  ·  Other  ·  Flag idea as inappropriate…  ·  Admin →
                        • Update Essentials 2012 R2 Dashboard to be compatible with current .NET releases

                          If any .NET version after 4.5.2 is installed, some dashboard functionality fails (can't remove computer, can't ignore alert) and the dashboard crashes randomly. Removing and blocking .NET 4.6.1, 4.7, and 4.7.1 works around the issue, but that means the server is limited to the 4-year-old .NET 4.5.2. This article has more details:

                          https://www.mcbsys.com/blog/2018/02/essentials-2012-r2-dashboard-fails-with-net-4-6-and-4-7/

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                            0 comments  ·  Bug  ·  Flag idea as inappropriate…  ·  Admin →
                          • Windows Setup in a boot from SAN

                            Permanent fix for Boot from SAN when there are multiple paths to the Boot LUN. There is a workaround mentioned in below article but this is preventing us from fully automating windows setup.

                            https://support.microsoft.com/en-us/help/2826787/windows-setup-in-a-boot-from-san-configuration-reports-setup-was-unabl

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                              0 comments  ·  Configuration  ·  Flag idea as inappropriate…  ·  Admin →
                            • certmgr improvements (UX, etc) for finding certificates

                              Adjust columns as desired, by default have thumbprint viewable. Group by issuer would also be really great. A menu item to find a specific certificate by thumbprint, or all issued by that thumbprint.

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                                0 comments  ·  Shell, GUI, & Explorer  ·  Flag idea as inappropriate…  ·  Admin →
                              • Single Use Admin Passwords

                                Single User Admin Passwords
                                Often I have to run to someone's computer just to enter the admin password. I wish there was some type of generated admin code that I could give someone else to type into the computer for a single time use.

                                Even better would be a popup sent to another computer where the person knows the admin credentials and they could type them in remotely.
                                Remote Popup Message "Bob has requested to install (Sage Accounting Software Update) Do you wish to give this person permission to perform this action?"

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                                • Get-WindowsCapability Windows 10 Enterprise 1709

                                  If have some issues with Dism after a new Installation with Windows 10 1709 and Upgrade from Windows 1703 to 1709.

                                  Get-WindowsCapability : Error "Get-WindowsCapability". Errorcode: 0x800f0954
                                  Line:1 Zeichen:1
                                  + Get-WindowsCapability -online
                                  + ~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~
                                  + CategoryInfo : NotSpecified: (:) [Get-WindowsCapability], COMException
                                  + FullyQualifiedErrorId : Microsoft.Dism.Commands.GetWindowsCapabilityCommand

                                  Some Lines from Dism Logfile:

                                  DISM OS Provider: PID=7180 TID=6088 Unable to set the DLL search path to the servicing stack folder. C:\Windows may not point to a valid Windows folder. - CDISMOSServiceManager::Final_OnConnect

                                  DISM Provider Store: PID=7180 TID=6088 Failed to load the provider: C:\Users\ADMIN~1.TES\AppData\Local\Temp\38977CD8-C67C-463B-8721-E72E5E46A990\PEProvider.dll. - CDISMProviderStore::Internal_GetProvider(hr:0x8007007e)

                                  DISM Provider Store: PID=7180 TID=6088 Failed to get and…

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                                    • Server 2016 - Windows cannot access the specified device, path or file. rundll32.exe

                                      On fresh install of Server 2016 Standard (several times), once I join the server to the domain, the domain admin account cannot "personalize" the desktop theme to include desktop icons. I get the error above, saying that you (domain admin) may not have the appropriate permissions to access the item. It works fine with local admin before and after the server is joined to the domain, but not for domain admin.

                                      Anyone?

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                                      • Bring back NAP / Health Policy for Windows Server 2016

                                        Bring back NAP / Health Policy Server for Windows Server2016

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                                          0 comments  ·  Interoperability & Integration  ·  Flag idea as inappropriate…  ·  Admin →
                                        • Microsoft shold have a tools who helps IT

                                          Microsoft should have a tools for Windows server to help ITs select there's needs for example Windows Server 2016 has tons of roles and services none of remember all roles. If there a tools help people for example I ask the tool i need something for policy tool answer GPO or maybe choices you can select things you need and the tools gives you what server and service role you need.

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