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  1. add clipboard history feature to Windows Server OR a password manager

    I want to have sort of security for "pasting" passwords into legacy apps, from the GUI.
    So was surprised that Windows Server 2019 does not have this feature yet of clipboard history just like Windows 10.
    Or maybe a password manager with a safe delete after a timeout
    I realize it might be anyway a security problem with scripts and stuff.. anyway !

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  2. Filter disks under Computer Management->Disk Management.

    I would like to be able to filter disks under Computer Management->Disk Management. It would be ideal to be able to filter by LUN, Size, Online,Offline, and other parameters.

    2 votes

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  3. Admin cannot access file or folder on server but CAN access via share

    I keep hating this "security feature" that is part of UAC but does not secure anything, but it does limit me managing a server.
    Whenever I need to access a folder for which I have been granted permissions via the administrator group I cannot do what is needed until I add my current login account to the users the have personally access to that folder. I can also create another local group called RealAdmins, I put the same users in that are part of the local Administrators group and give the group RealAdmins Full access on the file system. I…

    1 vote

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  4. Tree command line - flag to respect .ignore files

    Tree is a nice tool. When generating a tree that contains development code, there will be folders like bin/debug, obj/debug and npm (node_modules) packages. Those folders can create unnecessary noise to the tree output.

    It would be nice if it was possible to instruct to tree to ignore certain folders.

    I haven't fully thought about it, but thought of the .ignore files like .gitignore, .tfignore, etc. These .ignore files are pretty standard.

    Maybe a .treeignore would be nice too.

    I was thinking along the lines of:

    tree /i : (init) create a %USERPROFILE%.treeignore file "standard" and popular .ignore files of…

    2 votes

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  5. zimbra to PST Converter

    Zimbra is a widely used email client application operated by people from all over the world to handle emails and save data in one place. The user while using Zimbra email client application can handle Zimbra file items such as notes, folders, contacts, subfolders, calendars, tasks, and etc. If you are fed up of searching on the internet about the ways on how to migrate Zimbra to PST format, then don’t worry and stop your search. In this blog, we will guide you on how to migrate Zimbra to Outlook format by using Vartika Zimbra to PST Converter automated tool. …

    1 vote

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  6. Test-NetConnection: Configure internetbeacon.msedge.net to respond on every TCP port

    Test-NetConnection is a great tool for troubleshooting network issues, and having it attempt to contact a publicly-accessible, Microsoft-hosted endpoint (internetbeacon.msedge.net) when no -ComputerName parameter is supplied is especially useful.

    However, it would be even better if internetbeacon.msedge.net would be configured to respond on any TCP port, so we could run a command like this (to check if a specific port was being blocked on our corporate firewall, for example):

    Test-NetConnection -Port 8443

    It's possible to do this today by specifying a third-party service (like portquiz.net) in the -ComputerName, but enabling internetbeacon.msedge.net with this capability would both save us typing and…

    1 vote

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  7. Microsoft Remote Desktop App, Requesting a hierarchy option

    Requesting a hierarchy option; meaning the ability to group in a top down structure, as apposed to the unwieldly large squares currently shown for each PC

    2 votes

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  8. Enhance tzutil.exe to support the setting of "Additional Clocks" from the commandline

    tzutil should be enhanced to allow the ability to set and retrieve additional windows clocks.

    Currently, the only way that this can be accomplished is via direct registry manipulation which isn't reliable and requires custom code or scripts.

    Having a built-in PowerShell cmdlet would be nice as well.

    1 vote

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  9. Windows goes to lock/login screen after short while cannot disable

    Windows goes to lock/login screen after short while cannot disable despite my setting for display as turn off after 2 hours.

    1 vote

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  10. File Explorer | This PC - Be Able to "Unpin" items listed by default

    Under This PC there are a number of items listed that can't just be "Unpinned" in Windows. Specifically:
    - Desktop
    - Documents
    - Downloads
    - Music
    - Pictures
    - Videos

    Specifically when working on a server most if not all of these are irrelevant to a server running an application. It should be the (current) user's choice to unpin these and list only what they want pinned under "This PC". There may be registry hacks or other ways to get rid of these unnecessary and cluttering entries, but the UI should give a direct/clean way to remove these and improve…

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  11. Stop adding "Features" that don't work?

    Every new version makes things harder and harder to access things that used to be simple:


    • Changing network settings (Old: Right click the network icon, New: Who even knows? Click the icon, go to network center, click the adapter advanced options if it even shows up...)

    • Make Network Profiles Accessible (Old: Right click Network icon, click 'Private' or 'Public', change it, New: Who knows? Go into the Registry? Join a HomeGroup to run a troubleshooter that then tells you that you have change to a Private network type?)

    • Search (Old: Press Windows Key, start typing, New: Who knows? You literally…
    1 vote

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  12. Robocopy - option for JSON output

    This would be create for use in conjunction with PowerShell.

    1 vote

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  13. DIR command line - Override truncated output option

    When I try tu use the "DIR" command line to extract files information, I got some problem when the "Owener name is too long". I didn't see his name but only "..."

    Sample command:

    ECHO Search entire C drive for MP3 files...
    C:
    CD \
    DIR /S /TA /Q *.mp3


    A "correct" output should be:

    2020-11-19 11:25 3,000,024 MyDomain\MyUser MySong.mp3

    A "bad" output, where username seem to be longer than the allowed column width, give me:

    2020-11-19 11:25 3,000,024 ... MySong.mp3

    But I also observed for the "file name" is not seem to be an issue when t use a…

    1 vote

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  14. Manage Windows Updates (scan, install, etc) via PowerShell

    Right now there is no easy, straight-forward way to scan, install and reboot a Windows Server using PowerShell. It always requires complex scripts to pull it off. Please give us a PowerShell modules that allows us to scan for updates (-Wait) and install updates (-Wait) and force reboots.

    1 vote

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  15. WSUS should have much better reporting functionality

    In the WSUS console, I should be able to search a KB, then get back a list of not only the overall compliance, but get lists of servers that do and don't have the patches installed, without having to dig deep into PowerShell or .NET libraries. I also think the same should be possible for the inverse, where you query a computer and should get back a list of patches WSUS knows is installed/not installed. You can currently sort of do this all via hokey scripts and Excel Vlookup magic, but it would be so much nicer if it was…

    1 vote

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  16. Start menu performance

    Clicking on the start menu on a server should do far less than on Windows 10. I am always finding delays with the start menu showing when clicking on it on a server and a long wait for the search to start when I start typing. I know part of this is related to disk resources -- I need to make some improvements there on the Host machine as the VMS are sharing disk resources. However, I feel like the functionality behind the start menu on server 2016 could be reduced down to what it used be like on 2008…

    1 vote

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  17. Please Retain powershell session in Windows admin Center

    I am using Windows Admin Center and it disconnects PowerShell Session in case you switch to a different tab. Please allow PowerShell to retain the session after switching the tabs

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  18. Translation problem English/French in RSAT GPO console for power options

    I'm using French RSAT for Windows and I found a translation problem when watching parameters of my power options GPP. When configuring the power option GPP, there is no problem. When watching the parameters of the GPO, instead of showing me values with a %, it is written "For XX minutes" You can see the problem in the attachment. The problem is there on my Windows 2012 R2 servers and is still there on my Windows 2019 servers. I don't remember if I had the problem on 2008 R2. Is there a way please to resolve that little translation problem?…

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  20. I dont agree with the OpenSSH installation on Windows.

    People like Windows cause its a generally easy operating system to use for a non-techy person. The whole Linux based system of using the command prompt to specify which user or groups can access your so called "server" is utter bullshit because for one thing it adds to the things the user would have to learn to use the operating system. Linux is a complicated operating system. Most of the tutorials on Youtube are HOURS long. Lastly and more importantly, WHY WOULD YOU WANT TO HAVE ANYONE OR ANY OTHER GROUP TO ACCESS YOUR MACHINE? Absolute privacy on a machine…

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