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  1. 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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  2. 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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  3. Remove Windows Store form Windows Server

    No one need that on a Server.

    14 votes
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  4. 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.

    85 votes
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  5. 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.

    24 votes
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  6. 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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  7. Windows server should NOT decide when to reboot for windows updates!

    we have designated maintenance windows for such things! It the OS decides i don't use the server at 09:00 and reboots for pending updates then there will be lots of upset people!
    We generally install updates when we can then do the reboots in the maintenance window (as it's quite small on some servers)

    57 votes
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  8. 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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  9. Windows Update - Restart services not full system

    An update, security patch or otherwise should only require a restart of a service where possible not require an entire system restart for every update.

    20 votes
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  10. 48 votes
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  11. Fewer restarts for updates

    There should be fewer restarts for updates. Especially for storage servers and network routers it's a hassle to reboot.

    Clustering all relevant servers is too much a hassle.

    90 votes
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  12. Official tool to search for newest patches related to Server Role

    It would be great to have tool, where I could search for newest patches which are usually not released to Windows Update. So before calling support I could just validate my server if it has all components up-to-date. Or if there is a fix for certain server component.

    60 votes
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  13. Enable more schedules for Windows update agent

    Windows update only supports daily and weekly schedules. We need monthly, X th weekday of the month, and X th day of the month.

    16 votes
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  14. Enable custom schedules in Windows update configuration

    Daily and Weekly schedules do not offer enough flexibility to large organizations trying to update large numbers of systems. Please add support for monthly schedules.

    43 votes
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  15. Provide search option in 'Add Server Roles and Features' wizard

    When selecting server roles and (specially features that is a long list and nested), provide an option to search for them. it will help to quickly find required roles/features for installation/uninstallation.

    10 votes
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  16. Provide Cluster Aware Updating functionality for normal Servers

    CAU is a pretty handy tool for patching clusters. It would be great to have this automated and centralized patching functionality also for non clustered windows servers!

    24 votes
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  17. Powershell cmdlets/automation to deploy update baseline to multiple servers

    A mechanism where you can patch n servers to a baseline via native PS cmdlets

    14 votes
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  18. 7 votes
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  19. Update KB4057903 has a bug

    Exchage within a Hyper-V VM with Windows Server 2012 r2: Update KB4057903 leads to an almost unresponsive server. I could reproduce the behaviour twice by deinstalling the update. Please, provide a new version of KB4057903 without the bug. Thanks.

    See also the discussion in https://social.technet.microsoft.com/Forums/windowsserver/en-US/387da0db-6046-4838-9db7-c8ddcb6810da/update-kb4057903-fails-in-windows-server-2012-r2-hyperv?forum=winserverhyperv

    46 votes
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  20. import updates server 2016

    Please fix the broken link when importing updates into WSUS in Server 2016 from the update catalog.

    The issue is that the link contains a protocol version 1.20 at the end but the correct version is 1.80!

    1 vote
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