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  1. 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.

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      1 comment  ·  Other  ·  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…

      20 votes
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        0 comments  ·  Shell, GUI, & Explorer  ·  Flag idea as inappropriate…  ·  Admin →
      • 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.

        10 votes
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          1 comment  ·  Configuration  ·  Flag idea as inappropriate…  ·  Admin →
        • 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…

          6 votes
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            1 comment  ·  Bug  ·  Flag idea as inappropriate…  ·  Admin →
          • Windows Customer Support ™ 1(855)844-0388 Toll Free Helpline.

            24*7 Helpline Support Staff

            Contact us.

            4 votes
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              0 comments  ·  Other  ·  Flag idea as inappropriate…  ·  Admin →
            • Upgrade from LTSC to Semi-Annual Channel

              Prior to the announcement of Semi-Annual Channel we deployed a few Server 2016 Core machines. With the new 1709 release, I would like to be able to convert my existing machines to semi-annual.

              3 votes
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                0 comments  ·  Other  ·  Flag idea as inappropriate…  ·  Admin →
              • Add basic image editing to snipping tool

                Snipping tool would really benefit from basic image editing options like drawing straight lines squares or circles to highlight or emphasise parts of the captured screen section. Similar to MS Paint drawing capabilities.
                Would be really great if that functionality would be added or at least a button to open the snip inside image editor like MS Paint.

                2 votes
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                  0 comments  ·  Applications & Add-ons  ·  Flag idea as inappropriate…  ·  Admin →
                • Use a numeric sort instead of a string sort on DNS date field

                  Whilst working through some of the DNS records for our network, we noticed we were seeing some records from 2015. We tried to sort the 'Date' column in ascending/descending order and found that the fields were not formatted as 'Date/Time' but rather as a text format as the timestamps were sorted in ascending order of the first 2 numbers of the date.
                  As an example:
                  Timestamp 1: 05/04/2015
                  Timestamp 2: 01/02/2017
                  Timestamp 3: 15/03/2016
                  Timestamp 4: 19/06/2015

                  When sorted in ascending order by timestamp, the DNS records SHOULD be organised in the following format:
                  1: 05/04/2015
                  2: 19/06/2015
                  3: 15/03/2016 …

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                    0 comments  ·  Bug  ·  Flag idea as inappropriate…  ·  Admin →
                  • vmconnect.exe and Grant-VMConnectAccess

                    The Cmdlet Grant-VMConnectAccess provides a good service in that it allows you to grant Access to a VM to a specific user without giving them full access to ALL vm's and Network control on the machine. User's need VMConnect.exe to talk to VM's but it does not respect this change. Please update VMConnect.exe to respect and use this rights change. It should be able to talk directly to the VM if the rights are there and the machinename or Guid of the VM is targeted

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                      0 comments  ·  Other  ·  Flag idea as inappropriate…  ·  Admin →
                    • Windows Server 2016 Essentials (or "edition" + Essentials) needs to support Windows 10 1709

                      After upgrading my Windows 10 Pro 1703 to 1709, the Essentials connector was de-installed and I'm no longer able to run the installer.

                      Please update Windows Server 2016 Essentials to support Windows 10 1709.

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                        0 comments  ·  Interoperability & Integration  ·  Flag idea as inappropriate…  ·  Admin →
                      • Windows Server 2016 Essentials (or "edition" + Essentials) needs to support Mac OS X 10.12

                        Windows Server 2016 Essentials needs to be updated to support Mac OS X v10.12

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                          0 comments  ·  Interoperability & Integration  ·  Flag idea as inappropriate…  ·  Admin →
                        • Add -WhatIf to Move-ClusterGroup

                          I would like to see a -WhatIf parameter added to the Move-ClusterGroup cmdlet.

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                          • Nested virtualization for AMD Epyc and Ryzen

                            Please support nested virtualization on AMD Epyc and Ryzen processors.

                            3 votes
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                              0 comments  ·  Misc  ·  Flag idea as inappropriate…  ·  Admin →
                            • Bring the kinect to Windows mixed reality for full body tracking

                              Bring this to vr so it can be new and great

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                                0 comments  ·  Applications & Add-ons  ·  Flag idea as inappropriate…  ·  Admin →
                              • Remove all in-box dependancies on WOW64 (e.g. - misexec.exe)

                                I've been experimenting with removing WOW64 support from servers. There have been several instances where I've had to reinstall it for operations that have very little to do with the actual server function. The most common scenario is installing MSIs like System Center agents. After the installation is complete I can remove WOW64 and the server operates perfectly. Why can't we just have a native x64 Windows Installer?

                                3 votes
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                                  0 comments  ·  Configuration  ·  Flag idea as inappropriate…  ·  Admin →
                                • Windows Defender Automatic update

                                  Give us the option to allow Windows Defender on Windows Server 2016 to update automatically.
                                  Why would anyone want to wait for a maintenance window to install windows defender updates via windows update?

                                  If I turn on automatically install updates everything would be installed including definition updates but the server might reboot because of system and security updates.

                                  17 votes
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                                    1 comment  ·  Configuration  ·  Flag idea as inappropriate…  ·  Admin →
                                  • Please include the same accessibility support in to Windows Server Core as in the rest of Windows. I am blind and need Narrator.

                                    Include Narrator or maybe a program on Windows 10 to allow configuration of a new server core installation over the same network. The problem is that I am a completely blind network systems engineer and I require access to Server core. Microsoft has made great increases in their accessibility on the client side but they have never considered the needs of blind technology professionals on the server side.I don't know how Narrator could be available directly on Server Core or if it could be some kind of add-on that worked over RDP or if there coud be some kidn of…

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                                      0 comments  ·  Applications & Add-ons  ·  Flag idea as inappropriate…  ·  Admin →
                                    • Active Directory dsa.msc Attribute Editor only if Object not searched

                                      if i open an computer object directly in the dsa.msc there is a tab called "Attribute Editor". If i open an object over the search function there is no tab "Attribute Editor". Bug or Feature? I can´t understand the sens of the difference.

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                                      • Cortana becomes an alarm system listening, like Ring or Nest, records suspicious sounds, calls cellphone

                                        Cortana voice command to alarm mode, listens while you're gone, calls when it hears suspicious sounds, plays recording of sound etc. Like Nest or Ring. MS could own this biz.

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                                        • Software Information bevore starting

                                          I read in a computer magazin about an interesting software, and install this software on my computer. This is a normal process by many users.
                                          Next time i test another software, and so on.....
                                          The windows startmenu included a lot of old and new software, marked by the name of the software.
                                          .. but when i´m looking for a software for a certain purpose and i dont no the name of the software, i had no chance to find the correct software. Otherwise i start the first software, than the next, ...
                                          and may be, i find the correct software,…

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