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  1. Windows Updates shouldn't fail constantly or take hours to complete

    I have a number of 2016 servers. It seems like 99% of them fail when doing automatic updates. I am able to install them manually by going through sconfig and selecting option 6 but it takes FOREVER. During installation, the CPU or Memory isn't maxed out at 100% so I have no idea what is causing it to take forever. All other previous versions of Windows run and install updates just fine in the same VMware environment.

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      • hide power button from terminal server users

        TS users keep hitting the powerbutton. can we change the behaviour of the power button or hide it entirely

        they intend to log off but they keep powering the server down.

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        • Finer WSUS categories, especially by architecture and Windows 10 subversion

          I end up declining 80% of all WSUS updates, because my products all use x64 architecture, hence I don't need ARM64, Itanium or IA-32 updates. As for Windows 10, I don't need updates for versions 1507, 1511, 1607, 1703 and 1709. There should be an easy way to tell WSUS not get any of these updates during synchronization.

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          • Windows update / SQL update needs to have more control

            I just had SQL server restart at 9:36 am for me because of a microsoft update. I appreciate the importance of updating product, but I should never have to apologize to my customers for 10 minutes of down time while SQL is restarting. Active hours shouldn't be only 8 hours long. All in all the most frustrating part of running Windows 2016.

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            • Windows Firewall Advanced - Allow rule by DNS name

              It is very important to include in the "Scope" tab, within a Windows Firewall rule, to release DNS names and not just IP addresses.

              11 votes
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              • missing primary boot drive

                Primary boot drive failed in win10. Doesn't appear when using diskpart list volumes. 2nd drive (d) appears as C: drive. Believe partitions damaged or lost and if fixed could see the original boot disk C: again. Booted from a USB to get CMd line. But need instructions how to launch disk MGMT.msc. commands I would normally use in powershell or on server not working on win 10 pro on laptop. It is difficult to find instructions on how to get control panel, disk mgt, network etc launched from CMD.

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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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                  • what is maximum file size robocpy can transfer or copy to destination

                    What is maximum file size robocpy can transfer or copy to destination

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                    • unregister vm, instead of remove vm configuration file on hyper-v

                      When a VM come to "remove", It always be good for keep it some place with it configuration file with its vhd in place untouched. So many time, there always someone ask to add back the removed one even the next hour.
                      Please provide "unregister/register" operation instead of "export and remove/import", because "export" takes time,space,IO bandwith.

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                      • If possible to provide all configuration with screenshot its good to understand.

                        If possible to provide all configuration with screenshot its good to understand.

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                        • Win10/Hyper-V: Don't enable auto checkpoint by default

                          This setting is useless and just causes performance issues. If people want to take a checkpoint they can already just click "Checkpoint". At the very least there should be an option to disable this by default. Its frustrating to have to do it on an individual VM basis.

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                          • Windows Settings: after years finally fix finding settings??

                            I know, it's annoying that paying customers are asking for most basic features, but it's really a shame that the 'new' Windows Settings:
                            1) ignores disabled users and the usability, e.g. F3 does not work to focus the 'Find a setting' Textbox. (Shame #1)
                            2) Windows Settings needs some days until it is able to finish creating the Index of all Windows Settings. For sure, we're talking about less than 500 keywords. M$$ needs some days? (Shame #2)
                            3) Even after some days, we can search for e.g. "Curosor" and we get "Not found" (Shame #3)
                            4) Windows Settings needs…

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                            • Windows Server 2016 updates take over an hour, unacceptable!

                              Updates in Server2012 and even Server2008 are much quicker and you at least get a gauge as to how long.
                              Not the useless 'Getting windows ready' + rotating dots, aaaarrggghhh!

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                              • Please allocate more space to the C: drive when upgrading to Windows 10. I don't need a secondary partition.

                                I have a lot of space I cannot use because you partitioned only 116 GB of space to my C drive on a 900 GB hard disk drive. Because the unallocated space is not contiguous to the C drive I cannot extend the C drive to include the additional space. This causes frequent occurrences of lack of disk space when operating the comptuer. Can you please fix this.

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                                • Edit Local Computer Policy settings from the command line

                                  Need support for editing Local Computer Policy settings (including those defined in the Administrative Templates) from the command line or Power Shell so that updates can be scripted.

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                                  • Your instructions for installing a new disk are excellent and thorough. But strangely my problem is never mentioned.

                                    Your instructions for installing a new disk are excellent and thorough. But strangely my problem is never mentioned.

                                    I am trying to install a brand new Samsung 860 SSD DISK into a Windows 10 system. It connected easily into the slot. But the File Explorer never shows that it exists.

                                    All other information is accurate and up-to-date with a properly operating Win 10 system.

                                    No instructions are given for this eventuality. Your instructions never discuss this possibility. Can you indicate troubleshooting measures for this problem?

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                                    • 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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                                      • after about 1/4 century: gpresult: please display the value as readable text

                                        Hello

                                        it's a shame, very annyoing, error-prone and therefore a safety risk that gpresult thisplay this result:

                                        GPO: Default Domain Policy
                                        Folder Id: Software\Policies\Microsoft\W32time\Parameters\NtpServer
                                        Value: 123, 0, 123, 0, 123, 0, 123, 0, 123, 0, 123, 0, 123, 0, 123, 0, 123, 0, 123, 0, 123, 0, 123, 0, 123, 0, 123, 0, 123, 0, 123, 0, 123, 0, 0, 0
                                        State: Enabled

                                        Could you finally start offering tools as they should be?

                                        Thanks a lot
                                        kind regards,
                                        Thomas

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                                        • How does one grant a specific user the privilege to change the system ip address, or install a new printer for example.

                                          Just read a page on how to implement least-privilege concept in windows , however I think what really needs to be addressed is how to grant users the ability to perform certain tasks without using 3rd party products. For instance it is fairly trivial to allow users to run a particular program and prevent others from running it simply by modifying the ACL on the .exe. However, how would one accomplish some of the other tasks that might be required of particular users without granting them Administrator privs, like changing an IP address or installing a new printer.

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