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  1. [Feature request] Honolulu should be able to send Email notifications

    Please add a functionality to Honolulu that enables the Honolulu Server to send Email notifications. There should be two options:
    1. a global value to be notified via Email if there are Warnings/Alerts - the should be a option to chose: notify for warnings and alerts and notify only for alerts
    2. it would be great to have an button nearby important configurable values "create alert" and then there should be an option to configure a value and chose if the notification should be send when the running value gets greater or smaller than the configured value

    The SMTP Server…

    463 votes
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      47 comments  ·  Windows Admin Center  ·  Flag idea as inappropriate…  ·  Admin →
    • [Deployment] Allow Windows Admin Center to be configured one time for all your admins

      Allow Windows Admin Center to be configured one time for all your admins. I find it hard to believe that every admin at a business will need to config this product separately. Why not have a admin group that can see all and have one person doing all the config work.....

      238 votes
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      • [RBAC] [JEA] [Security] Implement a possibility to configure individual JEA roles in Windows Admin Center

        We need custom role support for adding custom defined JEA roles in Windows Admin Center!

        163 votes
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          7 comments  ·  Windows Admin Center  ·  Flag idea as inappropriate…  ·  Admin →
        • [Cluster] [CAU] Cluster-aware updating hotfixPlugin Support

          Please add support for CauPluginName Microsoft.Hotfix.Plugin to allow for other updates like drivers, firmware and BIOS to be installed from WAC Updates just as you can from CAU.

          https://docs.microsoft.com/en-us/windows-server/failover-clustering/cluster-aware-updating-plug-ins#BKMK_HFP

          9 votes
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          • [New tool] CLI equivalent to device manager

            There's a lot of stuff that the device manager can do that doesn't have a CLI equivalent such as:

            * Force installing a driver (selecting a specific .inf in the "have disk" device manager menu)
            * Automatically finding and installing the best driver in a folder with multiple drivers.
            * Rolling back to a previous driver version
            * Selecting to use a different driver in the driver store for a device (for example changing to the basic display driver without uninstalling the normal display drivers)

            This is especially important when managing a Windows server core deployment because the device manager…

            72 votes
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            • [New tool] [DHCP] DHCP Server should be manageable via Honolulu

              Honolulu should be able to manage the DHCP server role (create IP address pools, configure DHCP options...)

              226 votes
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              • [New tool] [DNS] DNS Server should be manageable via Honolulu

                Honolulu should be able to manage DNS settings.

                218 votes
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                • [Bug]Too many authentication pop-ups

                  Too many authentication pop-ups. Literally making this tool unusable.

                  Chrome / Firefox - no luck, still prompted. Unable to test it on Edge because the servers do not have Edge. Edge on user's workstation is again not helpful because any corporate environment is expected to have proxy and bound to websocket issue that is mentioned in known issues.

                  So at the end, a tool which is mentioned as "production ready" doesn't seems to be so. At first, very exited about the concept but result is not encouraging.

                  36 votes
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                  • RemoteException: The extrinsic Method could not be executed

                    Connecting to Windows 10 1709 x64 PC. WAC version 1808.

                    11 votes
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                    • [SMS] Migrate IIS (Internet Information Services 7.0 through 10) via Storage Migration Service

                      In reviewing the Storage Migration Service at both MSIgnite this week, as well as in my demo lab, I've noticed that the Storage Migration Service does not touch traditional IIS configurations/workloads. This would be a fantastic value add for places that have done traditional deployment packages to an IIS website. Could this be added to a future build of WAC? We have roughly 100 Windows 2008 R2 servers that could immediately benefit from this feature. Thanks for the consideration!

                      4 votes
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                      • [BUG] Bug Powershell when logon UPN is used

                        If you are logged with UPN (for exemple administrator@domain.local) and you try to launch PowerShell console, you are disconnected.
                        WAC try to authenticate with .\administrator@domain.local

                        2 votes
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                        • [WinRM] [Configuration] Use WinRM over SSL, port 5986 to connect to remote servers

                          Use WinRM over SSL, port 5986 to connect to remote servers.
                          I have deployed certificates and configured WinRM over SSL on all my servers and was planning to use WAC but it seems it can only connect using HTTP/5985 which is really disappointing.

                          27 votes
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                            7 comments  ·  Windows Admin Center  ·  Flag idea as inappropriate…  ·  Admin →
                          • [Credentials] Cannot run Windows Admin Center logged on as a general user even when prompted for admin password

                            Want ability to run WAC under general user and be prompted for admin password.

                            11 votes
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                            • [Chrome Browser] Admin Center Security issue: clicking "Sign in" when prompted allows login without entering input

                              While using Google Chrome 69.0.3497.100. Clicking “Sign in” on the login prompt without entering anything allows anyone log into the Admin Center as “NT AUTHORITY\ANONYMOUS LOGON”

                              Admin Center is installed on Server 2016 in the same domain as the client computer accessing it.

                              Can this security hole please be fixed?

                              Edge does not have this issue.

                              I verified that these settings are set correctly to prevent anonymous logins on the server:
                              Network access: Allow anonymous SID/Name translation
                              Network access: Do not allow anonymous enumeration of SAM accounts
                              Network access: Do not allow anonymous enumeration of SAM accounts and shares
                              Network…

                              3 votes
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                              • Certificate management

                                When installing windows admin tool, it needs a certificate to bind the website to. However after the service is installed, there does not seem to be an easy way to update or replace the certificate that the website uses. It seems like the best way is to use the change function within Control Panel remove applications as this will allow you to replace the certificate thumbprint to use. However when you do this it does not update the private key permissions to add "Network Service" account so that actual new certificate can be used properly.

                                Either this should be done…

                                6 votes
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                                • Display name of connected machine in Browser Tab

                                  By copying and editing the URL in the browser Address bar it is possible to open multiple Server session with Windows Admin Center in different browser Windows.

                                  Unfortunately the Browser Tab Title doesn't show the name of the connected machine.

                                  So my suggestion is exactly this: display the name of the connected machine in the browser tab title

                                  5 votes
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                                  • [Bug] Cannot access Windows Admin Center Web interface

                                    We suddenly cannot access the Windows Admin Center Web interface anymore with Chrome 70, neither locally nor remotely. Service is running. Already restarted the server several times.

                                    2 votes
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                                    • [Identity] Just in time administration

                                      For a person who has a log in to the Windows Admin Center but has no permissions to manage servers by default, provide the role for 'just in time' access so that the person can request administrative access (either approved or automatically allowed, and be logged for auditing) for a period of time. At the end of the period the user no longer has administrative access to the server. This way users don't need to always be administrators of computers but only when they require access.

                                      6 votes
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                                      • [Update] Update Honolulu inside of Honolulu web interface

                                        Right now we have to go out and download the latest version of Honolulu and install. It would be cool to see an option, maybe inside of settings, to click search for and install updates for Honolulu.

                                        89 votes
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                                        • [Feature Request] Windows Admin Center Scheduled Tasks needs security options

                                          The "security options" section of the General tab in the Task Scheduler MMC snap-in doesn't appear to have an equivalent in Windows Admin Center. This prevents configuring options such as running the scheduled task even if the user is not logged in.

                                          4 votes
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