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  1. FIX the Windows Update Log issues with Windows 10 and Server 2016

    Include al necessary symbol files and updates to base OS and current updates. Many environments do not allow server access (and in some instances workstation access) to the internet to update symbol files as needed. I have tried every posted articles suggestions on getting the windows update log into useful, understandable English, with the only success being to reimage my windows 10 Enterprise desktop. I refuse to do so with my domain 2016 servers!

    42 votes
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  2. Ease migration from Windows Server 2016 to Windows Server Semi-Annual

    It would be nice to have a way to easily upgrade or migrate from Windows Server 2016 to Windows Server Semi-Annual

    7 votes
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  3. Windows update troubleshooter (server 2016)

    Windows update troubleshooter (fully patched server 2016) using the built-in tool always reports 0x80070057 "potential windows update database error detected" If you run the tool available here then no errors are reported. https://support.microsoft.com/en-us/help/4027322/windows-update-troubleshooter

    4 votes
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  4. Allow adding a shortcut for Windows Update UI on Server 2016

    In Windows Server 2012 R2 or earlier you could create a shortcut to the Windows Update section of the control panel. In 2016 you can no longer (that I could find) do this. While most all of our updating/patching is automated sometimes and for a few servers we manually update.

    Having this shortcut saves me from having to search for "windows update" every time I need to go to use it.

    Can we add a method for creating a shortcut to put on the task bar or on the desktop to Windows Update? If it's already available how does one…

    3 votes
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  5. URGENT: Seperate Category for Preview Update Rollups needed!

    Actually it is not really possible to use automatic acknowledgement rules without acknowledgeing any Preview security or preview feature upates for Windows 7, 8.1 etc.

    Please put them a seperate WSUS Category e.g. preview rollups so that an effective testing can be made with rulesets and a test group of computers.

    31 votes
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  6. Show more detail when installing updates during shutdown/reboot

    Installing a Windows Server 2016 cumulative update (e.g. after setting up a new server) can take pretty long. After a few minutes, the unchanging message "Getting Windows ready / Don't turn off your computer", despite its looping dots, stops inspiring confidence that progress is being made.

    Monitoring %windir%\Logs\CBS\CBS.log helps slightly, at least until "CommitPackagesState: Started persisting state of packages".

    I would therefore request that
    * on Windows Server, and optionally on Windows 10 as a configurable option, the "Getting Windows ready" screen shows additional detail, similar to the output in CBS.log (e.g. "processing package 1564/7144 for KB4025339")
    * if possible,…

    23 votes
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  7. Please implement effective filtering options in Microsoft Update Catalog Search

    I am missing to have more options than just a very common keyword search in Microsoft Update Catalog.

    setting up filters like OS version, branch, x86 / x64 and update categories AND date equal / greater than would be amazingly helpful to find a specific group of updates.

    Admit it, the current search is not very helpful if you are NOT searching for a specific KB but a set of updates.

    E.g. try to enlist all Windows 2003 Server Updates released after January 2017. Good luck, trying.

    18 votes
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  8. Separate Windows 10 by branch / version

    Actually Windows 10 on WSUS is only reflected by a major product category and LTSB.

    It would be much better if you could add a product category for each branch / release:

    such as:
    Windows 10 1507 (LTSB 2015)
    Windows 10 1511
    Windows 10 1607 (LTSB 2016, CBB)
    Windows 10 1703 (CB)

    This would allow companies with a good patch management to effectively avoid downloading CU patches for Windows 10 that they do not use and also would help to categorize updates in the views.

    19 votes
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  9. Increase Active Hours from 12 hours to 22 hours

    The current 12 hour window for "Active Hours" needs to be longer so the updates/reboots can happen in the middle of the night.

    27 votes
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  10. Implement complete removal of unsused products in WSUS 3.x

    Please implement an ability to really get rid off unused products in WSUS 3.x

    Example:
    A company once used XP and 7 and now upgraded to Windows 10. However it is not possible to really purge old products from the WSUS database.

    The Update files can be removed using the cleanup wizard, but the entries in the MSSQL DB will remain.

    Especially if one has once used the older drivers category that has been reorganized for Windows 10, this causes a lot of performance issues and only a fresh WSUS without adding old products and categories will help.

    This is…

    10 votes
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  11. Change update behavior on Windows Server 2016

    In server 2016 when downloading an update it also installs the same time (no option to only download), then the 12hour window begins, when this is over and time is outside worktimeframe (which is a somehow strange setting for a server) the server automatically reboots.

    The same when I install something microsoft related during workhours which normaly has no effect on user experience, but if setup installs also a patch then the reboot countdown also starts.

    Please change back to the old behavior where downloading updates and installing them where different tasks and also rebooting had to be user initiated.

    23 votes
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  12. Implement WID reindexing and DB shrinking for WSUS on WID

    There exist a technet site with a maintenance SQL script to reindex the WID for WSUS 3.x, it would be great if you could implement this into the GUI, aside having a capability to backup and restore, aswell as shrinking the WID database.

    10 votes
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  13. Provide full powershell integration for patching

    There should full powershell integration for both WSUS and Server Side WU Client. This would enable scenarios such as post reboot checks for additional patches and mass patching automation.
    It would also allow for things like managing small server deployments that don't have WSUS by being able to use remote powershell to query the patches currently installed on servers, check for available patches and then tell them to remediate and reboot if required.
    Currently these can be done mostly through WMI and customer powershell scripts that wrap around these, but it really needs proper integration.
    Having powershell to query required…

    148 votes
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  14. Increase limit of 3rd party categories in WSUS

    Currently there is a limit of 100 3party (non-microsoft) categories in WSUS.

    We are using a 3party patchsupplier (Shavlik, now Ivanti) and this limit of 100 categories is a big limitation for us.

    3 votes
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  15. Resume monthly Windows Update rollup releases for Windows 2012R2

    The monthly Windows Update rollup releases greatly sped up creating a machine from scratch, upgrading an image to latest, and just patching machines. These rollups ceased shipping in December 2014. There has been no rollup release in over 14 months for the current latest production server OS from Microsoft.

    This translates to over a hundred updates (about 150 past the last rollup) and a few reboots, multiple ngen passes for .Net that aren't needed. Only the last of these time-costly operations needs to run, a handy side-effect the rollup has.

    Instead on thousands of tens of thousands of sysadmins spending…

    27 votes
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  16. Remove Windows Store form Windows Server

    No one need that on a Server.

    14 votes
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  17. Windows Server 2016: Option to change from Core to Gui (and vice-versa) without reinstalation

    Please, let us change from core to GUI (and vice-versa) only adding/removing features from Winfows.

    84 votes
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  18. More granular control of Windows Update policy scheduled install time.

    When configuring the Windows Update Policy, you can only select the day and whole hours as scheduled install day. I would like to be able to configure hours and minutes (example 8 hrs and 15 minutes).

    Also recurrencies like "every second tuesday of the month) would be beneficial.

    23 votes
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  19. Downloadable fully patched version VHD/WIM or tool to create fully patched ISO/VHD with minimum footprint

    Please make available fully patched VHD/WIM or make available tool to create fully patched ISO/VHD with minimum footprint!

    148 votes
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  20. Support to boot from SD Card

    It's about time that Windows Server (fully licensed product and Hyper-V Server) offered support for customers (not just OEMs) to deploy Hyper-V hosts and Windows Serverson SD cards. I have talked to the OEMs and they want it too. The h/w is already there for vSphere - fault tolerant on-board dual card readers. This will reduce costs of hosts and make for faster & easier deployment.

    135 votes
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