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  1. Windows Storage Migration Service on Windows Server 2019 Essentials

    Please also enable Essentials to use Windows Storage Migration Service for migrating from Older SBS Servers 2008/2011 and Essentials 2012/2012R2/2016 to new Server 2019 (incl. Essentials Version)

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  3. gpo shortcut only desktop

    GPO - Create a new GPO allowing only shortcuts on desktop.

    Users create a lot of files and we lost a lot of data when a hard drive is crashing. The biggest desktop size I found is 16 gig. It's not a desktop anymore, it's a data server ;)

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  4. Implement force flush cache on Storage Spaces Direct

    When replacing multiple cache Devices in a Storage Spaces Direct implementation it would be really useful to be able to force flush / destage cache data to capacity disks. As per now one would have to retire, remove, reset, reseat, rinse and repeat for each disk needed to be replaced.

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  5. improve the speed of how updates are downloaded and installed on Windows Server 2016!!

    improve the speed of how updates are downloaded and installed on Windows Server 2016!!

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  6. update drivers and perform a system scan

    we need to use command prompt more often to maniupulate files and it keeps the network heallthy.

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  7. BSA - Insufficient explanations.

    Idea: a test = a WEB page detailed and understandable by all the worlds (with image).
    BSA - the instructions of 2019 are even less clear than those of 2016, which were already less explicit than those of 2012.
    Although there is one URL per test, the explanations are often not understandable. Sometimes the error (or suggestion) seems to indicate something that already exists. Maybe it's the mistake itself that is not clear. In this case, I suggest images that will be more talkative than words (often poorly translated).

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  8. 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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  9. 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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  10. 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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  11. 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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  12. 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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  13. 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.

    3 votes
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  14. 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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  15. Update registry value when w32tm /config type=ntp and ntpserver=ntp.org

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

    HKEY_LOCAL_MACHINE\SYSTEM\CurrentControlSet\Services\W32Time\Parameters
    ...
    NtpServer REG_SZ "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

    1 vote
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  16. 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…

    1 vote
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  17. 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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  19. 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.

    9 votes
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  20. 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.

    4 votes
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