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  1. Dedicated Event Log for Windows Firewall Activity (pfirewall.log in the event logs)

    A dedicated Windows Event log for Windows Firewall activity - like pfirewall.log provides - would make centralized logging and reporting much easier and lead to greater adoption of the built in firewall. IPSec logging to the security Event Log is not a robust answer, as it causes too much log churn for most enterprises.

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      1 comment  ·  Other  ·  Flag idea as inappropriate…  ·  Admin →
    • 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.

      15 votes
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        3 comments  ·  Configuration  ·  Flag idea as inappropriate…  ·  Admin →
      • Add option to re-check for updates before installing

        When going to apply updates, there should at least be an option to check for updates if updates are already found. This was previously an option through Server 2012 R2 and is no longer possible. Because of this, changes to available updates may not be received by the client computer until after the update list is applied and the server is rebooted. Given how locked down the update interface is now, even having that option automatically happen in the background would be great.

        In my environment, I use WSUS to patch all of my servers. This month, KB4041691 was installed…

        20 votes
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          0 comments  ·  Shell, GUI, & Explorer  ·  Flag idea as inappropriate…  ·  Admin →
        • Get-WindowsCapability Windows 10 Enterprise 1709

          If have some issues with Dism after a new Installation with Windows 10 1709 and Upgrade from Windows 1703 to 1709.

          Get-WindowsCapability : Error "Get-WindowsCapability". Errorcode: 0x800f0954
          Line:1 Zeichen:1
          + Get-WindowsCapability -online
          + ~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~
          + CategoryInfo : NotSpecified: (:) [Get-WindowsCapability], COMException
          + FullyQualifiedErrorId : Microsoft.Dism.Commands.GetWindowsCapabilityCommand

          Some Lines from Dism Logfile:

          DISM OS Provider: PID=7180 TID=6088 Unable to set the DLL search path to the servicing stack folder. C:\Windows may not point to a valid Windows folder. - CDISMOSServiceManager::Final_OnConnect

          DISM Provider Store: PID=7180 TID=6088 Failed to load the provider: C:\Users\ADMIN~1.TES\AppData\Local\Temp\38977CD8-C67C-463B-8721-E72E5E46A990\PEProvider.dll. - CDISMProviderStore::Internal_GetProvider(hr:0x8007007e)

          DISM Provider Store: PID=7180 TID=6088 Failed to get and…

          8 votes
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          • Upgrade from LTSC to Semi-Annual Channel

            Prior to the announcement of Semi-Annual Channel we deployed a few Server 2016 Core machines. With the new 1709 release, I would like to be able to convert my existing machines to semi-annual.

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              0 comments  ·  Other  ·  Flag idea as inappropriate…  ·  Admin →
            • no

              no more

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              • 1709 WSUS client scan takes a long time and tries to connect to SLS.Update.Microsoft.com

                Unlike the 1607 full GUI client that scan in a few seconds, all 1709 servers take extremely long time to scan against WSUS (which is running 1709 btw) and the logs show that they are trying to connect to SLS.update.microsoft.com which fails due to lack of internet connectivity.

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                  0 comments  ·  Bug  ·  Flag idea as inappropriate…  ·  Admin →
                • Windows Defender suffers from Decompression Bomb attack

                  Windows Defender suffers from a "Decompression Bomb" attack.

                  Steps to reproduce:
                  * In Windows 10, enable Windows Defender scanning of an archive via PowerShell:
                  set-mppreference -disablearchivescanning $true

                  * Create a file larger than the free space on %SystemDrive%, place the file in an archive (e.g. image.gz), place archive file on a USB drive, and plug drive in mounted to E:\.

                  * Using either the Windows Defender GUI, command prompt, or PowerShell, scan the image.gz file. For example, with command prompt:
                  "%programfiles%\Windows Defender\mpcmdrun" -scan -scantype 3 -file E:\image.gz

                  What will happen next is after a few minutes, Windows Defender will create…

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                    0 comments  ·  Other  ·  Flag idea as inappropriate…  ·  Admin →
                  • Windows Customer Support ™ 1(855)844-0388 Toll Free Helpline.

                    24*7 Helpline Support Staff

                    Contact us.

                    4 votes
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                    • Hyper-V Replica Failover with running VMs

                      Hyper-V Replica Failover with running VMs. Eliminate the need to shutdown the VM.

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                        0 comments  ·  Misc  ·  Flag idea as inappropriate…  ·  Admin →
                      • Add -WhatIf to Move-ClusterGroup

                        I would like to see a -WhatIf parameter added to the Move-ClusterGroup cmdlet.

                        2 votes
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                        • Nested virtualization for AMD Epyc and Ryzen

                          Please support nested virtualization on AMD Epyc and Ryzen processors.

                          5 votes
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                          • Update the integrated windows server backup. It works well but not if you want to backup specific guest VMs at particular times.

                            Windows Server backup works well - HOWEVER it doesn't let you easily schedule specific guest VMs for backups at different times through the GUI. Please no powershell - just simple GUI. It should also make it easy to schedule other items to stop or start at the beginning and end of a backup job.

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                            • Schedule what days full backups occur and what days incremental backups occur

                              It should be simple to schedule in the GUI what days FULL backups occur - e.g. Sunday and what days incremental backups occur - e.g. Monday -Saturday. Again this should be in the GUI - no scripts, no powershell.

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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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                                • On Hyper-V hosts, warn before running destructive actions on host

                                  When a Windows Server 2016 machine is a Hyper-V host, attempting to run system-wide destructive actions, such as sysprep, should be warned against more vocally than typical actions, such as shutdown. Such actions have far greater ramifications than mundane actions such as restart or shutdown. This will provide visual queues to administrators who are working directly on Hyper-V hosts and using the "Connect..." feature of Hyper-V Manager to open consoles to VMs on the host. Such destructive actions are frequently needed when building new VMs, but are very rarely needed on host machines.

                                  (Source: unfortunate experience)

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                                  • Add basic image editing to snipping tool

                                    Snipping tool would really benefit from basic image editing options like drawing straight lines squares or circles to highlight or emphasise parts of the captured screen section. Similar to MS Paint drawing capabilities.
                                    Would be really great if that functionality would be added or at least a button to open the snip inside image editor like MS Paint.

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                                    • Improve/Automate database cleaning on WSUS / SCCM

                                      Had a Microsoft Premier case to clean WSUS Database as was having synchronization problems. Microsoft gave manual scripts to run against the database to clean. They said the feature to optimize the database is not built in. I request it be added.
                                      Applies to Windows 2008R2, 2012,2012R@

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                                      • Give option to uncheck "Automatically upgrade any superseded version of this application" for Available deployments to Device Collections

                                        Give SCCM administrators the option to uncheck "Automatically upgrade any superseded version of this application" for Available deployments to Device Collections. This option is available for user collection deployments, which makes no sense on why you would not give the same option on Available deployments to Device Collections. The option is grayed out and there is no way to uncheck it.

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