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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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    • 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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      • 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.

        21 votes
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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?

          3 votes
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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.

            4 votes
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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…

              6 votes
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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.

                2 votes
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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,…

                  2 votes
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                  • Give back System Protection tab

                    and system restore as is in Win10

                    4 votes
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                    • Update von Build legt Rechner für Stunden lahm!

                      Ich habe ein paar Ideen um Windows 10 und Windows 10 Mobil noch besser zu machen.

                      1. Das größte Problem im Windows 10 und Windows 10 Mobil ist das automatische Update ohne Angabe der Dateigröße und der Zeit für die Installation. Update von Build oder App-Update legt Rechner für Stunden lahm!

                      2. Windows 10 Mobil hängt sich auf und das Smartphone sollte zurückgesetzt werden. Alle Daten auf dem Smartphone sind weg, sowas geht nicht in der Arbeitswelt.

                      3. Die Sicherheit ist bei Firmen sehr wichtig, darum muss klar sein wo die Daten liegen und teilweise kommt eine Cloudlösung nicht in Frage, weil die Daten nichts auf einem fremden System zu suchen…

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                      • 11 votes
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                        • Need the probably last audit setting for 'Service Control Manager'

                          Hi Team,

                          The Service Control Manager audits all service related events except the deletion in the event viewer.
                          Probably the last thing that could be added?

                          Thank you.

                          2 votes
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                          • Wir brauchen einen Computer oder Laptop mit integriertem Drucker.

                            Hallo liebes Microsoft Team
                            Ich habe oft darüber nachgedacht was der Menschheit fehlt die Geschäftlich oder auch Privat oft unterwegs sind. Stellen Sie sich einmal vor jemand der beruflich oft Reist, nie an einem Punkt ist hat so gut wie immer sein Notebook oder Laptop dabei. Jetzt muss der jenige was ausdrucken, aber wo ? Wie währe die Idee mit einem Laptop mit integriertem Drucker.
                            Oder ein ALL IN ONE Rechner mit integriertem Drucker. Vielleicht hat man nicht soviel Platz zuhause oder man will sich etwas kaufen wo alles mit drinnen ist.

                            Ich würde mich über eure Meinung interessieren wie…

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                            • Allow Ethernet Connections to be Metered

                              Since only wifi connections can be metered it is not possible to control the application of updates. Anyone with an Ethernet connection to the internet can have long runs interrupted and days even weeks of work can be damaged. Allowing Ethernet connections to be metered should add a necessary degree of control.

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                              • Energy Managment for Notebook

                                I think it makes sense for notebooks the energy performance in battery and mains operation to separate . For example, running the laptop on AC power to power mode . When disconnecting the power supply , it will then automatically depending on the setting in the power saving mode or Balanced .Please sorry my English... ;-)

                                3 votes
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                                • live.com menu

                                  Under live.com be found in the top left 9 points to a display menu . This menu would still be adjusted if I am staying under onenote . There are still at the time the old terms .

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                                  • SD boot

                                    SD is becoming a common feature on many servers. I understand that Microsoft, via an OEM, will support booting Hyper-V Server from USB. SD is a low-cost option for deploying servers that would get all their storage from SAN or SMB, but Microsoft needs to support (not OEMs) Windows Server booting from SD.

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                                    • NTFS security like , user can read write and modifies the files and folders, sub folders but can not delete any of them.

                                      NTFS security like , user can read write and modifies the files and folders, sub folders but can not delete any of them.

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                                      • Change PC Name without restart

                                        It is one of the most critical problem of Windows. Is not easy, I know this, but change the PC Name without force the restart could be one for the most important thing.

                                        Requirements:

                                        - Cannot be DC
                                        - Cannot be Exchange Server or SQL Server

                                        Scenarios where this feature could be interesting:

                                        - Change naming convention of same machines
                                        - File Server
                                        - IIS
                                        - RDS
                                        - Hyper-V

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                                        63 votes
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                                        • Clustered task scheduler service

                                          Task scheduler between clustered servers should have a way to easily configure it via GUI. Why not create it as a clustered service?

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