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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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      • Upgrade a server running core to the next version. Example 1709 to 1803

        Please post the methods to upgrade Short Term Service Branch Servers. If we are going to be living with these servers for less then 18 months we need to understand the methods for upgrades.

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        • How to modify the default configuration of RDP?

          In default configuration, security was set to 'Warn me if authentication fails'. I want to set 'Always connect, even if authentication fails' as default. I found Default.rdp in RDC Connections folder but can not find 'security' setting.

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          • Add the ability to log certificate thumbprints to NPS authentications

            This would be very helpful for us to be able to monitor for devices using certificates that are close to expiring.

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            • Printer mappings using Azure/Intune cloud-only

              make it possible to map direct TCP/IP printers with policies using a cloud-only identity model

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              • Creating an Answer File XML

                o15-ctrremove.diagcab is the best Office removal tool for manually removing older Office versions. There seems to be no way to run it silently. You can run if by command line using msdt, but no /qn or /q or silentmode=1, or similar parameters. it gives the option for an answer file, but there is no information on how to set this up.

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                • Guidance on choosing an static IPv6 address for AD/DNS/DHCP server.

                  Global, site local, well-known? Any issues with changing? w/ or w/out default IPv6 Gateway?

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                    • ADFS WID Port 80 Requirement

                      ADFS WID replication requires port 80 to be open. This is not outlined anywhere in this document: https://docs.microsoft.com/en-us/windows-server/identity/ad-fs/deployment/best-practices-securing-ad-fs

                      It is outlined here: https://docs.microsoft.com/en-us/powershell/module/adfs/set-adfssyncproperties?view=win10-ps

                      "Note: The primary server must be accessible via HTTP on port 80 from the secondary server."

                      Please add this note to the best practices document.

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                      • 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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                        • Lower the priority of "automatic maintenance" (tiworker.exe)

                          Every now and then after a server restart, tiworker.exe jumps to 100% CPU usage for a long time, effectively DOS-ing single-processor servers.

                          Google (or bing) for `"automatic maintenance" tiworker.exe` for lots of reports on this issue, including blog posts of people recommending to disable this task.

                          My suggestion would be to lower that task's priority by default ("below normal" works well based on my tests): 30 minutes of background maintenance and a responsive server is *much* better than 15 minutes of background maintenance and a server which is practically unusable during that time.

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                          • Working automatic Removal of Entries in all Eventlogs after x days configured by GPOs

                            We need a working solution to automatically remove all entries in all eventlogs, not only for system, app, security, after several days, regardless how big the eventlog is. The limit should be configured with GPOs for Win 10 and Server 2016. At the moment all solutions in the Internet are not really working or are very painful. It will became important with the data privacy laws to have an easy reliable way to configure this.

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                            • 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.

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                              • Don't delete deactivated Inboxrules in Outlook

                                If you have deactivated Inboxrules in Outlook your administrator cannot see the them. Also, if he changes one activated rule or create a new one, all the deactivated rules will be deleted.

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                                • 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?

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                                  • Support full in-place upgrade

                                    I believe it would help a lot of organizations if in-place upgrade of Windows Server to newer builds was fully supported. With the change of release schedule it would make it easier for smaller organizations and one-box setups to stay up to date.

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                                    • configure the winrm client without starting the winrm server

                                      When trying to user psremoting you have to add a trusted host to your client's trusted hosts. This is fine and we normally default to '*' for developer machines that need to talk to prod and other infra. The problem is that this also requires the developer machine to start the winrm service which 'allows the computer to recieve Windows Powershell remote commands that are sent using the WS-Management technology'. I get pushback from devs who don't want to run this server service and see it as an unecessary security risk. We typically don't need CredSSP or have issues with…

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                                      • GUI for DNS policies and rate-limiting

                                        Please implement GUI for configuring DNS policies and DNS rate-limiting in Windows Server 2016.

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                                        • 2016, WDS, Deduplication: Option to disable RES.WIM usage

                                          A bit of history here. Windows Deployment Services has been around for quite a number of years, and it uses a file-based deduplication mechanism to conserve disk space.

                                          When we capture an image with WDS, what it is actually doing is creating hashes for all files on the disk and then checking to see if those hashes are present in RES.WIM. Any hashed files not present in RES.WIM are copied up to the server, added to RES.WIM, and then the disk image itself is just a list of hashes to pull out of RES.WIM to reconstruct the image.

                                          Without deduplication,…

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