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  1. power saving in server SKU's

    Windows servers share the same power saving option than in workstations (balanced).
    As servers are designed to work with high load default setting should be high or similar.

    1 vote
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      0 comments  ·  Deployment & Installation  ·  Flag idea as inappropriate…  ·  Admin →
    • 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.

      83 votes
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        9 comments  ·  Server Mode  ·  Flag idea as inappropriate…  ·  Admin →
      • Upgrading Windows 2012 x Server to Windows Server 2016+

        Please find a way for upgrading simple Windows 2012 x Servers to Windows Server 2016 +

        "simple" means Server with (imho) simple rolls such as
        - file and print Servers
        - hyper-v Server
        - RDS

        I understand that complex server scenarios with applications can't not simple upgraded.
        However, there are many simple servers, where you could save lots of time with an upgrade.

        9 votes
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          2 comments  ·  Upgrade & MIgrate  ·  Flag idea as inappropriate…  ·  Admin →
        • 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.

          15 votes
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            0 comments  ·  Windows Update  ·  Flag idea as inappropriate…  ·  Admin →
          • 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.

            9 votes
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              0 comments  ·  Roles & Features  ·  Flag idea as inappropriate…  ·  Admin →
            • ADK download

              this is only available as a mini-download, with a subsequent download.
              the deployment tools should be available as a smaller easier msi to handle.

              5 votes
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                0 comments  ·  Images  ·  Flag idea as inappropriate…  ·  Admin →
              • Provide better WSUS scheduling and force scans of systems.

                I would like to be able to select all updates I want and push them out at different times. Then have WSUS scan the systems again and push remainder of updates out until my servers are fully patched. I would also like to be able to fire updates out based on adhoc server right off the bat and watch progress.

                7 votes
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                  0 comments  ·  WSUS  ·  Flag idea as inappropriate…  ·  Admin →
                • Stop advertising unnecessary updates for server OS

                  Each month for the last 2 years, a manual check of Microsoft Update reveals a lot of what I call junk or unwanted updates. For example, why in the earth should a Win2008/2012 server receive updates related to Surface3? Or why is some obscure critical updates presented on an English Server OS, when the fix is for some excotic Chinese languge setting? If somebody would really ready all the KB articles that follow each month, you would be really astonished over the sheer number of unwanted updates. And it takes time to download, deploy and install. Not a problem if…

                  9 votes
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                    0 comments  ·  Patch Behaviors  ·  Flag idea as inappropriate…  ·  Admin →
                  • 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!

                    145 votes
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                      7 comments  ·  Images  ·  Flag idea as inappropriate…  ·  Admin →
                    • 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.

                      134 votes
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                        6 comments  ·  Deployment & Installation  ·  Flag idea as inappropriate…  ·  Admin →
                      • 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.

                        85 votes
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                          2 comments  ·  Patch Behaviors  ·  Flag idea as inappropriate…  ·  Admin →
                        • 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.

                          58 votes
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                            3 comments  ·  Patch Management  ·  Flag idea as inappropriate…  ·  Admin →
                          • 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.

                            39 votes
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                              0 comments  ·  Windows Update  ·  Flag idea as inappropriate…  ·  Admin →
                            • Hotfix checking for roles you are running on server

                              Add an option to check what hotfixes (in addition to normal updates) are available for server roles that are running. Something like now manually checking against HyperV and clustering available HotFix list.

                              25 votes
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                                2 comments  ·  Patch Management  ·  Flag idea as inappropriate…  ·  Admin →
                              • 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!

                                23 votes
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                                  4 comments  ·  Patch Management  ·  Flag idea as inappropriate…  ·  Admin →
                                • Support WDS in Server Core installation mode

                                  Currently WDS is not supported in server core, this can be a hinderance as it prevents full reduction of attack surface and reboots.
                                  In addition, great PowerShell support would be fantastic

                                  25 votes
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                                    2 comments  ·  WDS & MDT  ·  Flag idea as inappropriate…  ·  Admin →
                                  • Get rid of SCUP and integrate 3rd party update deployment in WSUS

                                    WSUS GUI needs to get the ability to manage updates from 3rd parties (add, remove, delete, statistics).

                                    24 votes
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                                      2 comments  ·  WSUS  ·  Flag idea as inappropriate…  ·  Admin →
                                    • 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

                                      13 votes
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                                        1 comment  ·  Patch Management  ·  Flag idea as inappropriate…  ·  Admin →
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                                          0 comments  ·  Server Mode  ·  Flag idea as inappropriate…  ·  Admin →
                                        • (Microsoft Survey & Email) Patching and Servicing

                                          Hi, we are in the Microsoft Windows Server product team in Redmond. We are studying customer patching pain points and behaviors within Linux and Windows Server environments across operating systems and applications.

                                          If you are a stakeholder in the patching/updating process for your company and would like to share your thoughts and feedback, please take a few minutes to fill out the following survey:

                                          https://www.surveymonkey.com/r/YYZKBS3

                                          If you want to give us direct and deep feedback, please email us at:

                                          patchfeed@microsoft.com

                                          Again, we are interested in feedback and experiences from both Windows Server administrators as well as Linux sysadmins.

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