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  1. 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.

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      • 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.

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        • 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.

          4 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.

            24 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!

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              • 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…

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                • 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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                    • 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.

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                      • diag WSUS client et serveur

                        Il manque des outils pour diagnostiquer l'état de fonctionnement du client WSUS ; mais problème pour le WSUS serveur.
                        Comment savoir si le client se connecte bien au serveur, qu'il a envoyer un rapport... et que pour la partir serveur, forcer l'intégration des nouveau rapport afin de voir les nouveaux clients...
                        Il nous faut des commande Powershell pour effectuer des opération WSUS.

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                        • Add a cache drive to normal storage spaces

                          It would be really handy if we could add SSD and NVMe drives to a normal Storage Space, as tiered/cache storage. Like you can in Storage Spaces Direct. Only less complex and less requirements...

                          Ideally, I'd like to be able to add them after the Storage Space has been created.

                          e.g. I currently have 4x4TB USB HDs in my storage space, to keep cost down, but it would be handy to put an SSD drive (internally connected, not USB) to provide performance.

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                          • Hyper-V Error messages without copy message and without an Error ID - it's a shame

                            M$ is really doing it's best to make the work with their products as hard as possible. This is example 291:

                            If Hyper-V is not able to start a VM, then we get a lot of GUIDs.
                            Of course, M$ no longer offers a professional path to the solution:

                            a) M$ no longer displays a unique Error ID. So we have to google for Text and try to find the best matching solution.

                            b) M$ does not allow to past the Error Message to the Clipboard, so we have to find a useful workaround to get the details.

                            It's really…

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                                • Windows Firewall should block all communication until core windows services are 100% available

                                  Currently,automating a windows deployment causes undo complexity as a server will being responding to commands on boot regardless of if internal systems are completely available. The biggest culprit to this is WinRM, as it will answer and even allow authentication despite the host OS still being in a boot state. For example, I can tell Ansible to poll windows WinRM 5985 while it reboots, but it will open ports and allow authentication _during the boot screen_ even though the OS hasn't finished init, and thus when any followup commands are guaranteed to fail (even something as benign as gathering the…

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                                  • Win10/Hyper-V: Don't enable auto checkpoint by default

                                    This setting is useless and just causes performance issues. If people want to take a checkpoint they can already just click "Checkpoint". At the very least there should be an option to disable this by default. Its frustrating to have to do it on an individual VM basis.

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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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                                      • For Active Directory Certificate Services (MS ADCS), fix the Certification Authority console so that AIA/CDP fields can be edited!

                                        Currently, using the Certification Authority MMC, AIA/CRL fields can only be deleted/added via the CDP/AIA tabs. There should also be an 'edit' button such that these entries can be edited.

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                                        • ADFS WID Port 80 Requirement

                                          ADFS WID replication requires port 80 to be open. This is not outlined anywhere in this document: https://docs.microsoft.com/en-us/windows-server/identity/ad-fs/deployment/best-practices-securing-ad-fs

                                          It is outlined here: https://docs.microsoft.com/en-us/powershell/module/adfs/set-adfssyncproperties?view=win10-ps

                                          "Note: The primary server must be accessible via HTTP on port 80 from the secondary server."

                                          Please add this note to the best practices document.

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