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  1. [BUG] Fix Ctrl-Alt-UpArrow keyboard shortcut in Virtual Machine Connection

    The shortcut for vmconnect.exe which releases the capture of keyboard and mouse input is Ctrl-Alt-LeftArrow by default and is configurable to a few other key combinations as well. Regardless, of what is configured however, Ctrl-Alt-UpArrow appears to always trigger this functionality as well and it is not even one of the combinations available to be configured to in Hyper-V Settings.

    This means this combination is unavailable in other client applications because vmconnect picks it up first.

    2 votes
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      0 comments  ·  VMConnection & remoting  ·  Flag idea as inappropriate…  ·  Admin →
    • Virtual Machine Connection: please remember the last selected connection setting - without forcing us to save and lose the connection dlg

      Good evening

      If we use Virtual Machine Connection it's really very annoying that the connection dialog does not remember the last selected Display Resolution.

      We know that we can save them - but then, we no longer get the connection dialog, which is even worse because we often change other settings, but not the Display Resolution.

      Therefore:
      please remember the last used settings of a Virtual Machine Connection without forcing your customers to use the "Save my settings" checkbox and completely losing the useful connection dialog.

      The Microsoft "Usability" is really a pain for professional customers which still use Keyboards…

      3 votes
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        0 comments  ·  VMConnection & remoting  ·  Flag idea as inappropriate…  ·  Admin →
      • Match physical network list in virtual switch manager

        In the Hyper-V virtual switch manager, when you go to create a virtual switch, the list of physical network adapters in the machine do not match the names of the physical network adapters in the server control panel network connections list.

        This makes finding the matching physical network adapter that is mapped to the virtual switch a trial and error process.

        It would be nice if you could either rename the virtual switch physical network adapter names in the dropdown list OR just have the virtual switch manager actually use the name the control panel uses for the physical network…

        3 votes
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          0 comments  ·  Networking  ·  Flag idea as inappropriate…  ·  Admin →
        • migrate between clusters

          Currently the live migration of a VM from one cluster to another requires several manual steps: remove the role from the first cluster, switch to hyper-v manager, initiate a shared-nothing migration to one of the nodes of the destination cluster, wait, connect to the destination node, add the VM role in to the destination cluster.
          If would be ideal to just be able to select a Migrate to Another Cluster option at the start, make the required choices and then just leave Failover Cluster Managers on the source and destination clusters to sort out the rest. This would also eliminate…

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            0 comments  ·  Live & quick migration  ·  Flag idea as inappropriate…  ·  Admin →
          • NAT IPv6

            It would be nice to allow devices behind the NAT to access ipv6 resources as well externally. Right now this is not possible and as such the default switch for example, sends traffic out only if something is reachable via IPv4.

            2 votes
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              0 comments  ·  Networking  ·  Flag idea as inappropriate…  ·  Admin →
            • Provide a tool to downgrade configuration versions.

              I am running into the issue of Windows 10 having Config 8.2 and my Server 2016 Config 8.0. Running Windows Updates so far has not yielded the needed 8.2

              I often create my VMs on Windows 10, export and bring them up on Server. This is only going to get worst. Let's fix it right away.

              An option could be offered also to export to specific version, of course a warning that capabilities will be lost. Only makes sense.

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                0 comments  ·  Misc  ·  Flag idea as inappropriate…  ·  Admin →
              • Hyper-V configuration version 8.2 and 8.3 are still undocumented

                https://docs.microsoft.com/en-us/windows-server/virtualization/hyper-v/deploy/upgrade-virtual-machine-version-in-hyper-v-on-windows-or-windows-server

                in your official documentation the configuration version 8.3 and 8.2 are still missing in the compatibility matrix aswell as the projected feature changes.

                8.2 was introduced with 1709
                8.3 is going to be introced in 1804.

                Kindly ask to fix this. Don't want to make a github account just for this case.

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                  1 comment  ·  Guest capabilities  ·  Flag idea as inappropriate…  ·  Admin →
                • Single Backup of VM's with Off State

                  How about adding a new Boolean attribute to VM's to record whether it has been backed up by the VM host's Backup Server since it enter the "Off" state thus eliminating the need to back it up again. The Backup Server would set the attribute state to "Yes" once it has been backed up in the "Off" state. Once the VM enters the "Running" state the attribute would be reset to "No".

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                    0 comments  ·  Management tools  ·  Flag idea as inappropriate…  ·  Admin →
                  • Windows Snap does not work with Hyper-V connections

                    If you try to use Windows Snap the RDP session of a Hyper-V guest will minimize down to 3 icons.
                    I recently bought a monitor with 21:9 thought I could snap 2 Hyper-V guest connections opened from Hyper-V MMC and use Windows Snap to put them side by side and scale.

                    Nope! This is pretty bad design.

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                      1 comment  ·  Graphics  ·  Flag idea as inappropriate…  ·  Admin →
                    • Specify CPU Cores when creating new VM

                      In Virtual Machine Manager it't not possible to specify vCores during the "New Virtual Machine Wizard"
                      Make a possiblity to specify vCores (like "Assing Memory").
                      Or a possiblity to change the default vCore amount (1 core).

                      8 votes
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                        0 comments  ·  Management tools  ·  Flag idea as inappropriate…  ·  Admin →
                      • GPU Partitioning

                        DDA is awesome and great, but GPU partitioning needs to be on the road map. Live migration of GPU partitioned VMs too. Feature parity with vmWare and XenServer.

                        4 votes
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                          0 comments  ·  Graphics  ·  Flag idea as inappropriate…  ·  Admin →
                        • Virtual Machine Connection: Broken: Toggle Fullscreen by Ctrl-Alt-Break

                          This annoying bug happens on the Hyper-V Manager 10.0.16299.15

                          Good evening

                          If we double click a VM in the Hyper-V Manager to connect the to the VM Remote Desktop using the Virtual Machine Connection,
                          then Ctrl-Alt-Break can no longer used to toggle the Fullscreen Mode: The Fullscreen mode is buggy.

                          It's a shame that M$ does not test basic functions before Customers are forced to use new releases. Maybe you could google for well known best practices to automatically test Software. it's really useful.

                          Kind regards,
                          Thomas

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                            0 comments  ·  VMConnection & remoting  ·  Flag idea as inappropriate…  ·  Admin →
                          • Hyper-V CimSession Caching Bug

                            The Server 2016 Hyper-V module caches CimSessions, presumably to make queries for related entities faster. The problem is that it also caches explicitly provided CimSessions that it does not own the lifetime of. So, if you ever use a CimSession with a Hyper-V cmdlet, then close that session, Hyper-V will try to use that disposed CimSession for any future interaction with the host in question. This is wrong, you can't cache objects with a lifetime you don't control without at least handling the case when that lifetime has been ended by the actual owner of the object.

                            Repro:
                            $someHyperVServer =…

                            2 votes
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                              0 comments  ·  Bugs  ·  Flag idea as inappropriate…  ·  Admin →
                            • Add support for shared folders between VM and Host like in virtualbox

                              Access host folders from guest and vice versa withount sharing them on the network, so there is less attack surface.

                              2 votes
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                                0 comments  ·  Guest capabilities  ·  Flag idea as inappropriate…  ·  Admin →
                              • Virtual IPMI device for Nested Hypervisors

                                Now that we have the ability to nest hyper-v, a virtual IPMI device would be pretty nice to teach VMM bare metal deployment.

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                                • Add VM template support

                                  Give the ability to convert a VM to a template, or provide a simple way to sysprep / generalize a machine on import - like shown in VMware.

                                  Should be a basic Hyper-V feature.

                                  8 votes
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                                  • USB 2.0 & 3.0 Passthru for Hyper-V (Windows Server 2016)

                                    Currently, if I want to plug any USB 2.0 or 3.0 device into my Hyper-V host and use it through my VM it will not work.

                                    Make it so number one...

                                    16 votes
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                                      3 comments  ·  Storage  ·  Flag idea as inappropriate…  ·  Admin →
                                    • High Resolution VMConnection for Linux

                                      Support for high resolution VMConnection with Windows is great in the 1709 release. When configured as an Enahnced Session, it's capable of dynamically resizing due to its use of RDP.

                                      Linux won't have RDP built-in which is required at the moment for Enhanced Sessions, but it would be great if the Hyper-V team could come up with a way to support dynamically resizing Linux's most popular Window Systems... X & Wayland.

                                      I'm not sure how to support X & Wayland. A .deb & .rpm package that installs an "agent" or "Integration Component" that enables this would be great until Microsoft…

                                      3 votes
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                                        1 comment  ·  VMConnection & remoting  ·  Flag idea as inappropriate…  ·  Admin →
                                      • Windows Server 2016 Hyper-V GUI for DDA

                                        I would like to see a GUI set up so that we can find the hardware that we want (PCI Express Devices or USB) and mount them or unmount them via a GUI. This is a lot easier than powershell. Click to mount/unmount hardware from host to VM or vice versa.

                                        More people would use this feature and it would be easier to mount and unmount specific hardware items.

                                        8 votes
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                                          1 comment  ·  Management tools  ·  Flag idea as inappropriate…  ·  Admin →
                                        • AMD Ryzen support in Hyper-V

                                          Please support AMD Ryzen processors including nested virtualization on Windows 10/2016.

                                          12 votes
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