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  1. Use a numeric sort instead of a string sort on DNS date field

    Whilst working through some of the DNS records for our network, we noticed we were seeing some records from 2015. We tried to sort the 'Date' column in ascending/descending order and found that the fields were not formatted as 'Date/Time' but rather as a text format as the timestamps were sorted in ascending order of the first 2 numbers of the date.
    As an example:
    Timestamp 1: 05/04/2015
    Timestamp 2: 01/02/2017
    Timestamp 3: 15/03/2016
    Timestamp 4: 19/06/2015

    When sorted in ascending order by timestamp, the DNS records SHOULD be organised in the following format:
    1: 05/04/2015
    2: 19/06/2015
    3: 15/03/2016 …

    2 votes
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  2. vmconnect.exe and Grant-VMConnectAccess

    The Cmdlet Grant-VMConnectAccess provides a good service in that it allows you to grant Access to a VM to a specific user without giving them full access to ALL vm's and Network control on the machine. User's need VMConnect.exe to talk to VM's but it does not respect this change. Please update VMConnect.exe to respect and use this rights change. It should be able to talk directly to the VM if the rights are there and the machinename or Guid of the VM is targeted

    8 votes
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  3. Windows Server 2016 Essentials (or "edition" + Essentials) needs to support Mac OS X 10.12

    Windows Server 2016 Essentials needs to be updated to support Mac OS X v10.12

    4 votes
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  4. Windows Server 2016 Essentials (or "edition" + Essentials) needs to support Windows 10 1709

    After upgrading my Windows 10 Pro 1703 to 1709, the Essentials connector was de-installed and I'm no longer able to run the installer.

    Please update Windows Server 2016 Essentials to support Windows 10 1709.

    5 votes
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  5. Add -WhatIf to Move-ClusterGroup

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

    3 votes
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  6. Bring the kinect to Windows mixed reality for full body tracking

    Bring this to vr so it can be new and great

    1 vote
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  7. 1 vote
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  8. 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.

    12 votes
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  9. Please include the same accessibility support in to Windows Server Core as in the rest of Windows. I am blind and need Narrator.

    Include Narrator or maybe a program on Windows 10 to allow configuration of a new server core installation over the same network. The problem is that I am a completely blind network systems engineer and I require access to Server core. Microsoft has made great increases in their accessibility on the client side but they have never considered the needs of blind technology professionals on the server side.I don't know how Narrator could be available directly on Server Core or if it could be some kind of add-on that worked over RDP or if there coud be some kidn of…

    2 votes
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  10. 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.

    393 votes
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  11. 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.

    43 votes
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  12. Software Information bevore starting

    I read in a computer magazin about an interesting software, and install this software on my computer. This is a normal process by many users.
    Next time i test another software, and so on.....
    The windows startmenu included a lot of old and new software, marked by the name of the software.
    .. but when i´m looking for a software for a certain purpose and i dont no the name of the software, i had no chance to find the correct software. Otherwise i start the first software, than the next, ...
    and may be, i find the correct software,…

    1 vote
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  13. Anchore a window in foreground

    Hello,
    a great little thing would be an option to anchor a window in the foreground.
    For example watching a video or a website in foreground while working in a programm or in explorer.
    Usually if you have 2 windows open and you click somewhere in the background window, it comes to the foreground and the other one is concealed.

    1 vote
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  14. 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.

    8 votes
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  15. Software Inventory Logging (SILA) SQL Conversion (Localization?) Bug

    SILA complements the built-in SIL. After tricking the setup to successfully install on a German server using an existing database (see my install localization bug report) another issue pops up.

    Executing Sop-SilAggregator in PowerShell will result in a .Net SqlClient Data Provider InvalidOperation exception referring to conversion problems from nvarchar to datetime with the value being out-of-range (see screenshot with German error message).

    This raises suspicion to be a German vs. US date format issue ("23.10.2017 22:44:00" German vs. "10/23/2017 10:44:00pm" US vs. "2017-10-23 22:44:00" ISO).

    https://gntmrw-am3pap001.files.1drv.com/y4mQHyfRpoGlajra0F8TFHjtfjQM8wm-ijcChA-Q-O7ABZYMGfnoSM09fsLdH8YdnGv05o5v7PhZ5FBD6BrExpqULVfJj1KCJh3YBM-n03BsLc7wsHt2Jmk-EkoZ7Ek23pA_04nw1ntgs7O0z2V5cIC1t2L1v2q8656QXZ8Ytuna6qrl3cz4Iji2OFjP46sEnLaXZBOYcqYDJAytaib8g?width=994&height=834&cropmode=none

    2 votes
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  16. Software Inventory Logging Aggregator (SILA) Disjoint Namespace Bug

    SILA complements the built-in SIL but it seems the MSI (https://www.microsoft.com/en-us/download/details.aspx?id=49046) has an AD DNS domain/NetBIOS domain disjoint namespace bug.

    Assume you had an NT4 domain: OLD_DOMAIN
    Migrating to AD you created a proper DNS domain: mydomain.net
    Now you have a disjoint namespace (NetBIOS vs. AD DNS).

    Trying to install SILA on a remote server (not the SQL server itself) will lead to the following error:

    Microsoft.AnalysisServices.OperationException: Errors in the metadata manager. The 'Administrators' role includes domain account that does not exist. The following domain user account is no longer valid for this role: 'mydomain\SERVERNAME$'.
    at Microsoft.AnalysisServices.AnalysisServicesClient.SendExecuteAndReadResponse(ImpactDetailCollection impacts,…

    1 vote
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  17. Software Inventory Logging Aggregator (SILA) Install Localization Bug

    SILA complements the built-in SIL but it seems the MSI (https://www.microsoft.com/en-us/download/details.aspx?id=49046) though having a German download and UI is not working properly on German (and maybe other localized) servers.

    The setup breaks with an error regarding "NT AUTHORITY\SYSTEM" which is localized to "NT-AUTORITÄT\SYSTEM" on German servers.

    Inspecting the MSI also shows one SQL script having "NT AUTHORITY\SYSTEM" in hardcoded form.

    https://gnt7uq-am3pap001.files.1drv.com/y4mtP2tOncjwsBEW4a23maV1aDWnWw4i9lN3gUP63UIEy1YNfHy8wQNipzec6JCKcvyVJT3GM7pTusRXzg6LP6gHYun0Ar7u85Z1LlUVP4jfkdtTGnGsh4KAdnJqEFaIJk0lb_6t3oFKlLHqpJBwb821PLZIPstwrNT5pdxNe4UX919JeqhOsBGxOHaVRc0Ja6d1z71gkdd2UTf4pGRLdNQBQ?width=1047&height=880&cropmode=none

    1 vote
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  18. 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…

    12 votes
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  19. 4 votes
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  20. Add OS Version and Build numbers to "Overview"

    Great to quickly recognize current patch level

    2 votes
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