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  1. 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.

    215 votes
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      46 comments  ·  Configuration  ·  Flag idea as inappropriate…  ·  Admin →
    • Windows Updates shouldn't fail constantly or take hours to complete

      I have a number of 2016 servers. It seems like 99% of them fail when doing automatic updates. I am able to install them manually by going through sconfig and selecting option 6 but it takes FOREVER. During installation, the CPU or Memory isn't maxed out at 100% so I have no idea what is causing it to take forever. All other previous versions of Windows run and install updates just fine in the same VMware environment.

      133 votes
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      • Change PC Name without restart

        It is one of the most critical problem of Windows. Is not easy, I know this, but change the PC Name without force the restart could be one for the most important thing.

        Requirements:

        - Cannot be DC
        - Cannot be Exchange Server or SQL Server

        Scenarios where this feature could be interesting:

        - Change naming convention of same machines
        - File Server
        - IIS
        - RDS
        - Hyper-V

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        74 votes
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        • SD boot

          SD is becoming a common feature on many servers. I understand that Microsoft, via an OEM, will support booting Hyper-V Server from USB. SD is a low-cost option for deploying servers that would get all their storage from SAN or SMB, but Microsoft needs to support (not OEMs) Windows Server booting from SD.

          47 votes
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            3 comments  ·  Configuration  ·  Flag idea as inappropriate…  ·  Admin →
          • 33 votes
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            • Windows Defender Automatic update

              Give us the option to allow Windows Defender on Windows Server 2016 to update automatically.
              Why would anyone want to wait for a maintenance window to install windows defender updates via windows update?

              If I turn on automatically install updates everything would be installed including definition updates but the server might reboot because of system and security updates.

              31 votes
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              • Upgrade a server running core to the next version. Example 1709 to 1803

                Please post the methods to upgrade Short Term Service Branch Servers. If we are going to be living with these servers for less then 18 months we need to understand the methods for upgrades.

                22 votes
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                • Windows update / SQL update needs to have more control

                  I just had SQL server restart at 9:36 am for me because of a microsoft update. I appreciate the importance of updating product, but I should never have to apologize to my customers for 10 minutes of down time while SQL is restarting. Active hours shouldn't be only 8 hours long. All in all the most frustrating part of running Windows 2016.

                  16 votes
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                  • Finer WSUS categories, especially by architecture and Windows 10 subversion

                    I end up declining 80% of all WSUS updates, because my products all use x64 architecture, hence I don't need ARM64, Itanium or IA-32 updates. As for Windows 10, I don't need updates for versions 1507, 1511, 1607, 1703 and 1709. There should be an easy way to tell WSUS not get any of these updates during synchronization.

                    16 votes
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                    • Windows Firewall Advanced - Allow rule by DNS name

                      It is very important to include in the "Scope" tab, within a Windows Firewall rule, to release DNS names and not just IP addresses.

                      13 votes
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                      • GUI for DNS policies and rate-limiting

                        Please implement GUI for configuring DNS policies and DNS rate-limiting in Windows Server 2016.

                        11 votes
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                        • 11 votes
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                          • hide power button from terminal server users

                            TS users keep hitting the powerbutton. can we change the behaviour of the power button or hide it entirely

                            they intend to log off but they keep powering the server down.

                            8 votes
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                              3 comments  ·  Configuration  ·  Flag idea as inappropriate…  ·  Admin →
                            • configure the winrm client without starting the winrm server

                              When trying to user psremoting you have to add a trusted host to your client's trusted hosts. This is fine and we normally default to '*' for developer machines that need to talk to prod and other infra. The problem is that this also requires the developer machine to start the winrm service which 'allows the computer to recieve Windows Powershell remote commands that are sent using the WS-Management technology'. I get pushback from devs who don't want to run this server service and see it as an unecessary security risk. We typically don't need CredSSP or have issues with…

                              7 votes
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                              • Give back System Protection tab

                                and system restore as is in Win10

                                6 votes
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                                • Support full in-place upgrade

                                  I believe it would help a lot of organizations if in-place upgrade of Windows Server to newer builds was fully supported. With the change of release schedule it would make it easier for smaller organizations and one-box setups to stay up to date.

                                  5 votes
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                                  • Remove all in-box dependancies on WOW64 (e.g. - misexec.exe)

                                    I've been experimenting with removing WOW64 support from servers. There have been several instances where I've had to reinstall it for operations that have very little to do with the actual server function. The most common scenario is installing MSIs like System Center agents. After the installation is complete I can remove WOW64 and the server operates perfectly. Why can't we just have a native x64 Windows Installer?

                                    4 votes
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                                    • Windows Server 2016 updates take over an hour, unacceptable!

                                      Updates in Server2012 and even Server2008 are much quicker and you at least get a gauge as to how long.
                                      Not the useless 'Getting windows ready' + rotating dots, aaaarrggghhh!

                                      3 votes
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                                      • Edit Local Computer Policy settings from the command line

                                        Need support for editing Local Computer Policy settings (including those defined in the Administrative Templates) from the command line or Power Shell so that updates can be scripted.

                                        3 votes
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                                        • For Active Directory Certificate Services (MS ADCS), allow numbers greater than 999 to be entered in the Role Installation wizard.

                                          When specifying the validity period for a Root CA, although the period can be changed to days, months, weeks or years, the value has a maximum value of 999. This is useless when it is necessary to accurately specify a number of days when the Root CA certificate should be valid for beyond 999 days etc.

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