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  1. Do not remove Essentials Role in Server 2019

    We still need a Windows Version for small customers getting easy connection to Azure and Office 365. So do NOT remove the Essential Role out of Version 2019.

    54 votes
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      8 comments  ·  Licensing, SKU, & Edition  ·  Flag idea as inappropriate…  ·  Admin →
    • RDP / Terminalserver: Allow Drag & Drop. Finally.

      You know, Drag & Drop is a useful feature.
      It's annoyoing, that RDP does not support Drag & Drop from / to the remote session.

      20 votes
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        2 comments  ·  Applications & Add-ons  ·  Flag idea as inappropriate…  ·  Admin →
      • Add native Let's Encrypt ACME client support to Windows Server and IIS

        Add native ACME Client v2 to Windows Server and IIS include auto renewal feature.

        6 votes
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          0 comments  ·  Interoperability & Integration  ·  Flag idea as inappropriate…  ·  Admin →
        • 10 votes
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            1 comment  ·  Applications & Add-ons  ·  Flag idea as inappropriate…  ·  Admin →
          • RSAT for Mac

            I currently use a Windows 10 VM with Remote Server Administration Tools to manage our servers (about 3 years running now). Would be super sweet if you put together a version that runs natively on Mac. Super sweet.

            9 votes
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              2 comments  ·  Applications & Add-ons  ·  Flag idea as inappropriate…  ·  Admin →
            • revert from.ESD to .WIM so DISM will work

              Many of your Windows users depend upon DISM repair so I suggest you revert to .WIM. .ESD can convert to .WIM but the level required to do so is above the majority of your users.
              Please escalate.

              4 votes
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                1 comment  ·  Other  ·  Flag idea as inappropriate…  ·  Admin →
              • Update ADMT to officially support Windows Server 2016 & Recent SQL version

                Hi! There is currently no official support for Windows Server 2016 to run ADMT. It remains an important tool and I'm sure many will appreciate not needing to install older versions of Windows to migrate between AD's.

                12 votes
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                  0 comments  ·  Interoperability & Integration  ·  Flag idea as inappropriate…  ·  Admin →
                • Stop the "Windows update madness" on WS2016!

                  Dear Microsoft Windows Server team. We would like _complete control_ over when we would like our our WS2016 to install windows updates! No more slow / timeconsuming server restarts because of "Getting Windows ready. Do not turn off your computer" messages when we just would like a quick restart of a production server.. No more TiWorker.exe using 100% of a CPU core during "*********" and so on.. And please fix the issues with '2017-08 Update for Windows Server 2016 for x64-based Systems (KB4035631)' asap. Thank you.

                  79 votes
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                    13 comments  ·  Configuration  ·  Flag idea as inappropriate…  ·  Admin →
                  • notepad should support files without carriage returns

                    It would be very useful and helpful to have better line ending support in Notepad.
                    Third party software often comes with config files that's origin is from a Linux world and only having LF inside.
                    Notepad just shows one big line and editing such files is almost impossible.
                    As WordPad supports LF since years it would be that feature to have notepad.exe be aware of CRLF and LF files.

                    https://blogs.msdn.microsoft.com/commandline/2017/12/08/cross-post-wsl-interoperability-with-docker/

                    7 votes
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                      1 comment  ·  Interoperability & Integration  ·  Flag idea as inappropriate…  ·  Admin →
                    • Create Different Icon Sizes

                      Dear Microsoft,

                      Would it be possible to include a feature which automatically changes the icon size of documents on the Windows desktop, or possibly throughout all of Windows?

                      This feature would increase or decrease the size of icons based on usage. For example, a file that hasn’t been accessed in six months would gradually increase/decrease in size, while a file that’s used every day would do the opposite. Preferable with customizable options such as time frames, increasing or decreasing size, ect.

                      This would allow a quick visual detection of which files are being used more frequently.

                      Thanking you in advance,

                      3 votes
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                        0 comments  ·  Applications & Add-ons  ·  Flag idea as inappropriate…  ·  Admin →
                      • pagefile

                        Following this discussion:
                        https://social.technet.microsoft.com/Forums/windowsserver/en-US/c5f2786c-ffac-4f14-b7a9-00612cdf784e/server-2016-vm-hangs-shutting-downrestarting-when-the-pagefile-is-on-a-different-vhdx?forum=winserverhyperv

                        The core problem is the following, for example (simple config), for Exchange or SQL servers in a HYPER-V VM under Windows 2016:

                        systemdrive for windows system (and sql, exchange core),
                        datadrive for mbx data or sql-databases
                        datadrive for log file
                        drive for pagefile

                        We create for all this drive a separat VHDX file and add this to the VM as SCSI drive.

                        The drive for pagefile (fast SSD, NVMe or other) is exclusiv for the pagefile reserved. No other data on it. The drive for pagefile is the only drive with a pagefile for this vm.…

                        26 votes
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                          2 comments  ·  Bug  ·  Flag idea as inappropriate…  ·  Admin →
                        • Windows Server 2016 Essentials Connector broken on Windows 10 1803

                          After upgrading a machine to Windows 10 1803 (build 17115) the Essentials Connector no longer connects to the server, does not run any of the apps and deinstallation/reinstallation including fresh install clearing down registry and ProgramData does not fix it. This will block upgrading my estate to Windows 10 1803 if not fixed urgently. Have also reported back through Feedback App on Windows 10.

                          9 votes
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                            2 comments  ·  Interoperability & Integration  ·  Flag idea as inappropriate…  ·  Admin →
                          • Add basic Linux management to Windows Admin Center

                            Windows Admin Center is fantastic but we all manage a mix of Linux and Windows Servers. Add the ability to add Linux Servers, SSH over the browser, and a few basic items would be phenomenal (process list, disk info, file explorer)

                            5 votes
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                              0 comments  ·  Applications & Add-ons  ·  Flag idea as inappropriate…  ·  Admin →
                            • Upgrade a server running core to the next version. Example 1709 to 1803

                              Please post the methods to upgrade Short Term Service Branch Servers. If we are going to be living with these servers for less then 18 months we need to understand the methods for upgrades.

                              3 votes
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                                0 comments  ·  Configuration  ·  Flag idea as inappropriate…  ·  Admin →
                              • Update Essentials 2012 R2 Dashboard to be compatible with current .NET releases

                                If any .NET version after 4.5.2 is installed, some dashboard functionality fails (can't remove computer, can't ignore alert) and the dashboard crashes randomly. Removing and blocking .NET 4.6.1, 4.7, and 4.7.1 works around the issue, but that means the server is limited to the 4-year-old .NET 4.5.2. This article has more details:

                                https://www.mcbsys.com/blog/2018/02/essentials-2012-r2-dashboard-fails-with-net-4-6-and-4-7/

                                9 votes
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                                  4 comments  ·  Bug  ·  Flag idea as inappropriate…  ·  Admin →
                                • Double click group in permissions to open AD group

                                  When modifying file permissions on a server, it would be a HUGE time saver if you could simply double click the group name and have it open the AD properties of the selected group.

                                  Implementing this saves the time of having to open ADUC, then typing in the group name in search, then make the required group changes.

                                  6 votes
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                                    0 comments  ·  Shell, GUI, & Explorer  ·  Flag idea as inappropriate…  ·  Admin →
                                  • i got a windows verizon server Because i like it! Also, it Cost $60. We Have A $10, Sorry.

                                    This is a Windows Server 2016 Verizon or a Windows Server 2012 or 2013, Please Get it now, Because If You Are Still Grounded, Than We Are Not Have This Everything, Also, Go To Your Room, Go To Bad, And Never Ever Ever Get It! I Dont Know Why, Enjoy The Windows Server 2016 Anyway.

                                    1 vote
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                                    • IPv6 support on remotewebaccess.com DDNS service in Windows Server Essentials

                                      DDNS service in Windows Server Essentials needs to support not only IPv4 but also IPv6 address.

                                      2 votes
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                                        0 comments  ·  Other  ·  Flag idea as inappropriate…  ·  Admin →
                                      • Support Azure AD domain join for Windows Server 2016

                                        Microsoft should strongly consider implementing support for Azure AD join in future builds of Windows Server 2016. I how a couple of customers that have nearly finished the transition to all cloud and is left with a couple of servers due to legacy software. They are currently left with the option to deploy Azure AD Domain Services for supporting a couple (2-5) servers.

                                        16 votes
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                                          2 comments  ·  Azure  ·  Flag idea as inappropriate…  ·  Admin →
                                        • I don't agree with the decision to remove the GUI from Server 1709 as an option. Some servers are for R&D.

                                          I have set up production servers for Intel, and used an R&D and test server to develop new tools and to test configurations before I pushed them to production servers. As such, I needed the GUI tools and the GUI interface. Those machines were my primary work environment every day.

                                          The Server should retain the option to install the GUI, as not every server is a production server.

                                          3 votes
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