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  2. mklink /j and new-item -itemtype junction do not support long paths

    mklink /j and new-item -itemtype junction both fail when presented with a path longer than 260 characters.

    new-item gives the following example error:

    PS C:\temp\gb\module_2_1234567890_1234567890_1234567890_1234567890_1234567890_1234567890_1234567890_1234567890_1234567890_1234567890_1234567890> new-item -itemtype junction -target "..\module_1_1234567890_1234567890_1234567890_1234567890_1234567890_1234567890_1234567890_1234567890_1234567890_1234567890_1234567890\" -path "module_1_1234567890_1234567890_1234567890_1234567890_1234567890_1234567890_1234567890_1234567890_1234567890_1234567890_1234567890"
    
    new-item : Could not find a part of the path 'module_1_1234567890_1234567890_1234567890_1234567890_1234567890_123456789
    0_1234567890_1234567890_1234567890_1234567890_1234567890'.
    At line:1 char:1
    + new-item -itemtype junction -target "..\module_1_1234567890_123456789 ...
    + ~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~
    + CategoryInfo : WriteError: (C:\temp\gb\modu...7890_1234567890:String) [New-Item], DirectoryNotFoundExce
    ption
    + FullyQualifiedErrorId : CreateDirectoryIOError,Microsoft.PowerShell.Commands.NewItemCommand

    new-item : Could not find a part of the path 'C:\temp\gb\module_2_1234567890_1234567890_1234567890_1234567890_123456789
    0_1234567890_1234567890_1234567890_1234567890_1234567890_1234567890\module_1_1234567890_1234567890_1234567890_123456789
    0_1234567890_1234567890_1234567890_1234567890_1234567890_1234567890_1234567890'.
    At line:1 char:1
    + new-item -itemtype junction -target "..\module_1_1234567890_123456789 ...
    + ~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~
    + CategoryInfo : NotSpecified: (:) [New-Item], DirectoryNotFoundException …

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  3. Robocopy - logging switch to log only errors or skipped files/folders

    I use Robocopy and hate parsing the logs for errors/skipped items. It would be really cool if there was a "log errors/skips only" switch! Or, even better, log errors/skips only to a 2nd log file in addition to the complete "normal" log file.

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  4. Mac osx Catalina for windows with webcam like facetime text message call from a windows 20 computer

    They need mac on windows so people can transfer back and forth so they make a usb create to run mac over windows because it would be cheaper to not buy a mac when you can buy windows laptop and have mac compatible mac software to run facetime and over apple stuff may a macbook but cheaper mobile book
    Long last battery dont have plugin in for weeks than charger it when you get back home so when your traveling put it in travel mode free hotspot including mobile sim fast data so when there no wifi around people still…

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  5. Accessing the Azure Virtual Desktop

    If I am migrating my organisation on prem VDI to Azure, do I need to be on organisation network or connected to VPN to access Azure VDI?

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  6. Fix Repository metadata archive at packages.microsoft.com/rhel/7/prod/repodata/

    The metadata archives under the RHEL 7 archive at https://packages.microsoft.com/rhel/7/prod/repodata/ are broken.

    The archive (16MB) expands out to ~3GB, and each of the ~500 files in the repository is listed within the metadata archive 65,535 times.

    When processed by a repository manager like Red Hat Satellite this causes the underlying Pulp & Python processes to go nuts, consume 100% of server memory and swap space before dying due to an Out of Memory error.

    Other repositories on packages.microsoft.com (like Visual Studio Code) are not currently affected by this issue.

    Please fix!

    3 votes
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  7. Typo in the PowerShell cmd shown at the end of IPAM provisioning wizard

    On the completion page of the "Provisioning IPAM" wizard, there is a typo in the PowerShell command used to create the GPOs. It reads "Invoke-IpamGpoProvisiong".

    Also, I would like to suggest that the wizard detect conflicting roles and features before IPAM is installed. For example, if the machine you're installing IPAM on is a domain controller or a DHCP server, it will warn you of these issues before you install the IPAM feature.

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  8. Bring back the "net statistics server" command to Windows Server 2019.

    In previous versions of Windows Server the command "net statistics server" returned useful server-related information (e.g. # sessions, # files accessed etc.). In Windows Server 2019 (at least with desktop experience) this command fails and indicates that "net statistics workstation" must be used. This command is normally used on workstations and returns a different set of information.

    2 votes
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  9. 1 vote
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  10. A correct running Windows server should not have 1 or 2 Errors on the dashboard

    On a normal working Windows 2016 server I pretty much always have 1 or 2 errors on the Server manager dashboard. Those 2 errors pretty much always relate to 2 services that have no use on a server as they relate to user stuff like syncronising mail and maps.
    Could you either simply by default disable those 2 services on a server or make the server manager smarter by not reporting those 2 services not running as an error. By the way, the Sync_Host... service seems to appear and disappear at random.

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  11. Installing Windows 2019 iso should fit on a single DVD.

    I recently downloaded a 2019 Server ISO file and discovered it is too big to write to a DVD. But Windows Server 2019 also requires a GPT partitioned bootable drive. The only thumb drives I had available were too small, or were initialized as MBR. And then I discovered that a lot of thumb drives can't be initialized as GPT drives. What with that, and the previous time spent tracking down potential problems, I have now been working on updating a server to 2019 for a month, and still have not even started the actual update.

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  12. New training and certification for Windows Server 2019

    When will new training and certifications be released for Windows Server 2019? Microsoft Learning or the Windows Server team has posted nothing about it.

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  13. bionic ubuntu repo under packages.microsoft.com is broken

    bionic ubuntu repo under packages.microsoft.com is broken

    It looks like the InRelease file is not in sync with actual files which leads to the following apt update failrues:

    apt update
    Hit:1 http://security.ubuntu.com/ubuntu bionic-security InRelease
    Hit:2 https://deb.nodesource.com/node_10.x bionic InRelease

    Get:3 https://packages.microsoft.com/ubuntu/18.04/prod bionic InRelease [3226 B]

    Hit:4 http://ppa.launchpad.net/ansible/ansible/ubuntu bionic InRelease

    Get:5 https://packages.microsoft.com/ubuntu/18.04/prod bionic/main amd64 Packages [72.5 kB]

    Err:5 https://packages.microsoft.com/ubuntu/18.04/prod bionic/main amd64 Packages
    File has unexpected size (72463 != 72485). Mirror sync in progress? [IP: 40.76.35.62 443]
    Hashes of expected file:
    - Filesize:72485 [weak]
    - SHA512:c26c6c86803325466bd742789acc9e54a745d045a6b3af1ce26d34e98c9a4904c6873db0cc9b2be7f99385ef6e6237f6e5cd6776fe6c0a1737cae2a67f8566f9
    - SHA256:3fe8d8513549a43d26d917287a5a832d0c577ee62ac37b1daae5aade614dff54
    - SHA1:e2a5cc1ecb44c77caa98eebac08b9d9f4b1e8215 [weak]
    - MD5Sum:30a55059e4b9ef8d02cca7e7acc01cdb [weak]
    Release file created at: Tue, 20 Aug 2019 22:43:21…

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  14. In Task Manager | Details Screen add column for PID Start Time

    In Task Manager | Details Screen add column for PID Start Time. How many times during trouble shooting do you ask the question "How long has this PID/Task been running?". Sure you can go get Pro0cess Manager and install it. You can search Event Logs. You can do a lot of things. But wouldn't the easiest be look in Task Manager and just select a column that says "Start Time"?

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  16. Make it easier & quicker to deleat old emails.

    Need a way to delete a large number of old emails. I have some 4,000+ emails going back to 2003. I've moved several times & most are no longer needed or of use. Yes, I have an older machine & Windows Live Mail. Besides doing it one by one, I find no way to delete - say a page of old emails at the same time.

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  17. GPT to MBR confusion

    You say conversion from GPT to MBR needs the disc to be empty, but what about the operating system (which surely must be there for any kind of normal / user-friendly dialogue

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  18. Conditional format/access of files in a folder or folder within folder

    About me: Name: Dr. Umesh R. A., Assistant professor, Dept of Statistics, Aegis School of Data Science. I am from non-technical background. Windows 10 user.
    Hello,
    Senario1: Assume I am a researcher. I have collection of tones of research articles with different keywords. there should be something to assign specific keywords/Tag to article1 (Say A, B, C), article2 (Say B, D, E) and article3 (Say A, D, F)… Like pivot table.. I should get article 2 and 3 when I search keyword “D”. Sometimes this process is fine for text document (we can search text)… but very difficult in case…

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  19. Programmers learn their programs and forget Naive users do not

    Working month on a software undate blinds the helf maker to how a Naive individual *me" understands as well. Make sure that these new items can be handled by the Naive customer. Some idea whoulc be: Flag new features, peraps a flag until the user has awareness of a change in how to use the new feature. Provide a trail to get to the steps needed. Validate the user interfae as usable - the Naive User undertands less then the programmer. Provide a "fiinder" - for example I once forgot safe mode. I got into it fast and then spent…

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  20. Slipstreamed new features show up unannounced with no linked help

    New features are often accompanied by soome help in the form or a multistep how to fix. There should be a link to the fix -- and six written ssteps. A a minimum shere should be a temporary window to guide me rather than having me have to copy these steps down as looosingn the instructions while rying to do them is no fun.

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