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  1. allow more efficient customization from autounattend answer file

    currently the autounattend.xml is both limited and slow. Things like network setting updates cause reboots, and other things like the Administrator name can't be changed at all.

    Windows needs to be more inline with tools like cloud-init in Linux: it should be extremely fast to make boot-strap changes to the OS. In the world of auto-scale, seconds count and autounattend.xml sometimes takes minutes.

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  2. accept answer files in yaml

    it's the new hotness, but more importantly I think it would increase usability if answer files were written in yaml.

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  3. passwords accept hash, instead of Base64

    from autounattend.xml to powershell, user accounts are managed by base64encoded strings. This is ... frankly ... terrible, as it's not even technically encrypted. Want to see that admin password default in the autounattend.xml file? simply run:

    $nextstep = [System.Convert]::FromBase64String("<put it here>")
    $finalstep = [System.Text.Encoding]::UTF8.GetString($nextstep)

    Please allow hashing/salting to be used for password conifguration, be it from an unattend.xml file or as an option when creating new accounts to allow at least modest protection when passing credentials.

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  4. passwords accept hash, instead of Base64

    from autounattend.xml to powershell, user accounts are managed by base64encoded strings. This is ... frankly ... terrible, as it's not even technically encrypted. Want to see that admin password default in the autounattend.xml file? simply run:

    $nextstep = [System.Convert]::FromBase64String("<put it here>")
    $finalstep = [System.Text.Encoding]::UTF8.GetString($nextstep)

    Please allow hashing/salting to be used for password conifguration, be it from an unattend.xml file or as an option when creating new accounts to allow at least modest protection when passing credentials.

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  5. Give stronger controls to enable updates to occur without requiring a user to be logged in.

    For my business, it seems like no matter how the IT department sets the network policies, 90% of the patches and updates will only occur AFTER a user is logged in. This seriously degrades the ability of the workers to conduct business. In a large business, even 15 minutes once a week is a substantial cost. Allow network adminstration policies to be established so that upgrades and patches are designed to occur WITHOUT being triggered by a user LOG-IN event.

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  6. Windows Server 2016 allows a maximum of 12 active hours. This needs to be increased.

    active hours on the update screen can be a maximum of 12 hours. this needs to be extended to 23 hours. Many servers are actively used for more than 12 hours by users from multiple shifts and reboots should not take place while users are accessing files on the server.

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  7. Pooor terminology

    "users have to authenticate themselves to the network before they can connect to your PC."

    I have a network consisting of multiple computers with Ethernet ports tied through an Ethernet Switch. How can you authenticate yourself to a switch?

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  8. Update registry value when w32tm /config type=ntp and ntpserver=ntp.org

    After w32tm /config on PDCe, the registry still contains original domain values.

    HKEYLOCALMACHINE\SYSTEM\CurrentControlSet\Services\W32Time\Parameters
    ...
    NtpServer REGSZ "time.windows.com,0x9"
    Type REG
    SZ "NT5DS

    But w32tm configuration displays...
    w32tm /query /configuration
    ...
    Type: NTP (Policy)
    NtpServer: pool.ntp.org (Policy)

    See details here: https://social.technet.microsoft.com/Forums/en-US/f633ea8a-81be-4a60-83fd-c9839f6a14f9/when-i-look-at-the-w32tm-registry-values-they-do-not-agree-with-query-status?forum=winserver8gen

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  9. Hyper-V: Allow Replication also if one of the disks are physical

    Actually i can't enable replication if one disk is a physical disk, also if i don't plan to enable replication for the physical disk. I would prefer to enable replication without this physical disk, but for the other virtual disks.
    It seem to be only an block in the Hyper-V Manager, so it would be great to move this check for blocking the replication after the user was able to select the disk to be replicated.
    Only if here the physical disk is still enabled, block the replication with the corresponding error message:

    "Replication can't be activated. Replication can't activated…

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  10. gpo templates for this Alway On vpn setup. Huge scalability issue

    gpo templates for this Alway On vpn setup. Very time consuming having to test scripts etc not to mention scalability

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  12. Significantly increase the number of Banned IPs that can be stored in ADFS.

    ADFS 2019 allows for 300 IPs to be added to the "Banned IP list"

    https://docs.microsoft.com/en-us/windows-server/identity/ad-fs/operations/configure-ad-fs-banned-ip#adding-banned-ips

    As there are nearly four billion public IPs on the internet, 300 is woefully inadequate.

    Small customers that are only trying to block a few users aren't likely using ADFS anyway. Large organizations that rely on ADFS will hit the 300 limit almost immediately.

    I'd like to see this number raised to 65538 (/16) or something similar.

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  13. Windows server images should not install deskop services such as Maps, One sync

    Windows server should have the option to NOT install desktop services which are very unlikely to be used in a corporate environment these include Maps, Onsync, and XBox. Not only do they appear to be unnecessary they cause false positives with system monitoring software.

    5 votes
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  14. diag WSUS client et serveur

    Il manque des outils pour diagnostiquer l'état de fonctionnement du client WSUS ; mais problème pour le WSUS serveur.
    Comment savoir si le client se connecte bien au serveur, qu'il a envoyer un rapport... et que pour la partir serveur, forcer l'intégration des nouveau rapport afin de voir les nouveaux clients...
    Il nous faut des commande Powershell pour effectuer des opération WSUS.

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  15. Add a cache drive to normal storage spaces

    It would be really handy if we could add SSD and NVMe drives to a normal Storage Space, as tiered/cache storage. Like you can in Storage Spaces Direct. Only less complex and less requirements...

    Ideally, I'd like to be able to add them after the Storage Space has been created.

    e.g. I currently have 4x4TB USB HDs in my storage space, to keep cost down, but it would be handy to put an SSD drive (internally connected, not USB) to provide performance.

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  16. Hyper-V Error messages without copy message and without an Error ID - it's a shame

    M$ is really doing it's best to make the work with their products as hard as possible. This is example 291:

    If Hyper-V is not able to start a VM, then we get a lot of GUIDs.
    Of course, M$ no longer offers a professional path to the solution:

    a) M$ no longer displays a unique Error ID. So we have to google for Text and try to find the best matching solution.

    b) M$ does not allow to past the Error Message to the Clipboard, so we have to find a useful workaround to get the details.

    It's really…

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  19. Windows Firewall should block all communication until core windows services are 100% available

    Currently,automating a windows deployment causes undo complexity as a server will being responding to commands on boot regardless of if internal systems are completely available. The biggest culprit to this is WinRM, as it will answer and even allow authentication despite the host OS still being in a boot state. For example, I can tell Ansible to poll windows WinRM 5985 while it reboots, but it will open ports and allow authentication during the boot screen even though the OS hasn't finished init, and thus when any followup commands are guaranteed to fail (even something as benign as gathering the…

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  20. 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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