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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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  3. Suggestion: Improve Windows Server update process and reduce down times

    Make Windows Server to be able to check, download, install updates while the server is running.

    like Android project Mainline.

    so at first there will be 2 OS drives instead of 1, they'll be clones of each other. when an updates pops up, the OS will download and install it on the other drive that is not used to run the OS. the updates can be installed and completely finished on that drive. the next time a system admin restarts the server, OS will boot up from the other updated drive without ANY downtime for installing or finishing updates. once…

    2 votes
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  4. 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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  5. 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.

    358 votes
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  6. Allow FSRM passive screens on drive with SYSVOL share, that don't break GPO

    Now when I install FSRM and passive screen my C: drive which has SYSVOL, it breaks GPO Managment. You cannot edit a GPO or create a new GPO.
    Please improve server 2019 by not making this a feature of installing FSRM.
    Make it work like it did for server 2016 and below.

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  7. Fix Offline WSUS Export Process

    We need a better method for offline usage of WSUS. Today we need a two server WSUS installation to manage WSUS updates in an isolated offline environment. One server needs to be Internet facing, and the other ingests the exported updates after a long painful copy process is used. This entire process is error prone, and if a user accidently clicks SYNC, it destroys your existing offline WSUS install.

    Currently no GPO's exist to prevent if from occurring and finding good process documentation is painfully difficult to find. Maintaining an offline WSUS server is an archaic process prone to numerous…

    1 vote
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  8. Pagefile encryption

    Pagefile can potentially hold sensitive data. There is an option to wipe pagefile on shutdown, which takes long and probably does not work with SSD disks. And there is an option to encrypt the pagefile.
    However according to this source: https://social.technet.microsoft.com/Forums/windows/en-US/fe44476d-a0f0-4e20-a6c5-c790c177a021/ntfs-pagefile-encryption?forum=w7itprosecurity the encryption key is always the same.

    So my suggestion is to have an option to generate a new encryption key for the pagefile on every boot which makes previous versions of the pagefile inaccessible and there would be no need to wipe the pagefile on shutdown anymore.

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  9. 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!!

    3 votes
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  10. 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.

    5 votes
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  11. In Active Directory have an option to enable an account on a specified date.

    In Active Directory there is an option to disable an account a date. Yet there is no option to enable an account on a particular date. This would be helpful for provisioning new hire accounts without having the manually go in and remember to enable accounts created in advance.

    1 vote
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  12. SDN Hyper-V Network Virtualization with manually assign IP

    SDN in Window Server 2016 onward is a very great solution. Managing VM networking from the Network Controller and enable isolation of VM Network.

    One feature that i find missing with this is a ability to assign static IP manually to the VM in an isolated VM Network managed by Network Controller.This would enable Domain Controller to be setup in this Isolated VM Network. Also VM what are not Windows base like Linux or specific distribution that serve as networking work (SSL Web Reverse Proxy).

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  13. 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)

    1 vote
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  14. 1 vote
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  15. 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 ;)

    1 vote
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  16. 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!

    12 votes
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  17. 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.

    9 votes
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  18. 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.

    19 votes
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  19. 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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  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.

    5 votes
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