General Feedback

Do you have an idea or suggestion based on your experience with Windows Server? We would love to hear it! Please take a few minutes to submit your idea in the one of the forums available on the right or vote up an idea submitted by another Windows Server customer. All of the feedback you share in these forums will be monitored and reviewed by the Microsoft engineering teams responsible for building Windows Server. Suggestions can apply to both released and Technical Preview versions of Windows Server.

This forum (General Feedback) is used for any broad feedback related to Windows Server. If you have feedback on a specific aspect of Windows Server, for example Storage, Networking, Virtualization, Nano Server, etc., please submit your feedback in one of the forums available on the right.

Remember that this site is only for feature suggestions and ideas!

If you have technical questions or need help with Windows Server, please visit our TechNet Forums.

To see our work in progress, please go ahead and install the Windows Server Technical Preview. More information on what’s new in the Technical Preview can be found here. You can join the conversation about the Technical Preview and swap advice with others at Technical Preview Forums.

To improve Windows Server I suggest you ...

(thinking…)

Enter your idea and we'll search to see if someone has already suggested it.

If a similar idea already exists, you can support and comment on it.

If it doesn't exist, you can post your idea so others can support it.

Enter your idea and we'll search to see if someone has already suggested it.

  • Hot ideas
  • Top ideas
  • New ideas
  • My feedback
  1. Disable Windows Store for regular users.

    Regular users are allowed to install Apps. This shouldn't be allowed on ** server **. Any GPO I tried on W2016 TP5 had no effect.

    Also, I don't understand why an "Application" would not be a "software" and why there is a need for "Application Control Policies" GPO beside "Software Restriction Policies" GPO.

    3 votes
    Sign in
    Check!
    (thinking…)
    Reset
    or sign in with
    • facebook
    • google
      Password icon
      I agree to the terms of service
      Signed in as (Sign out)

      We’ll send you updates on this idea

      3 comments  ·  RDS  ·  Flag idea as inappropriate…  ·  Admin →
    • Manage Settings (New Control Panel) for RDSH Servers

      I am working on a new lockdown group policy that will be used for our future Windows 2016 XenApp servers.

      As this will be used for a lot of users, certain things will need to be locked down. For example the Settings need to be locked down in the same way as it possible with Control Panel.

      I want to be able to manage what settings is visible in Settings with GPO.

      We cannot allow users on a shared RDSH server to install windows update, add VPN connection, check what application is installed etc etc.
      With Control Panel it was…

      4 votes
      Sign in
      Check!
      (thinking…)
      Reset
      or sign in with
      • facebook
      • google
        Password icon
        I agree to the terms of service
        Signed in as (Sign out)

        We’ll send you updates on this idea

        0 comments  ·  Shell, GUI, & Explorer  ·  Flag idea as inappropriate…  ·  Admin →
      • Run group policy update silently when run from Group Policy Management

        On Server 2012 when running Group Policy Update from within the Group Policy Management Console the update runs interactive on the targeted systems. This makes the feature pretty much obsolete as you can't run a group policy update in real time urgently if it means the perception of interfering with end users.

        4 votes
        Sign in
        Check!
        (thinking…)
        Reset
        or sign in with
        • facebook
        • google
          Password icon
          I agree to the terms of service
          Signed in as (Sign out)

          We’ll send you updates on this idea

          0 comments  ·  Other  ·  Flag idea as inappropriate…  ·  Admin →
        • Wifi crashes explorer in TP5

          When you click on the wireless network that you want to use, your previously entered Wifi password WPA key is not remembered and needs to be entered every time you reboot. That's not all, however after I click enter after typing in my password, the network settings window crashes and creates dump file everytime, Explorer is the application that crashes after entering my Wifi password.

          2 votes
          Sign in
          Check!
          (thinking…)
          Reset
          or sign in with
          • facebook
          • google
            Password icon
            I agree to the terms of service
            Signed in as (Sign out)

            We’ll send you updates on this idea

            3 comments  ·  Bug  ·  Flag idea as inappropriate…  ·  Admin →
          • Windows 2016 start menu search on GUI should be as comprehensive as Windows 10 and Windows 2012R2

            When I hit start and type "Active", for example, the start menu correctly finds "Active Directory Users and Computers", "Active Directory Domains and Trusts", etc. on Windows 10 and Windows 2012R2.
            that is NOT the case in Windows 2016 TP5. I have to type in "administrative" to get to "Windows Administrative Tools" and then run my mmc.

            I don't know if it is a setting I should enable (maybe Cortana), or I have to wait for some indexing to finish (I've already waited waaay to long; besides Windows 2012R2 does not have this index-wait-time) for this comprehensive search to happen,…

            9 votes
            Sign in
            Check!
            (thinking…)
            Reset
            or sign in with
            • facebook
            • google
              Password icon
              I agree to the terms of service
              Signed in as (Sign out)

              We’ll send you updates on this idea

              2 comments  ·  Shell, GUI, & Explorer  ·  Flag idea as inappropriate…  ·  Admin →
            • If Windows Server 2016 support "windows hello" feature?

              If Windows Server 2016 TP5 support "windows hello" feature? any declare or blog?

              I installed windows server 2016 (14393), and then I can't use "windows hello" in settings.

              this feature worked in windows 10.

              2 votes
              Sign in
              Check!
              (thinking…)
              Reset
              or sign in with
              • facebook
              • google
                Password icon
                I agree to the terms of service
                Signed in as (Sign out)

                We’ll send you updates on this idea

                0 comments  ·  Applications & Add-ons  ·  Flag idea as inappropriate…  ·  Admin →
              • Microsoft® Visual Studio® Professional 2012 Sngl OPEN 1 License KEY not available in VLSC site

                I am not getting product key details of this product which i bought in 2013.Not available in vslc site also.From where Will i get informatyion regarding this.

                1 vote
                Sign in
                Check!
                (thinking…)
                Reset
                or sign in with
                • facebook
                • google
                  Password icon
                  I agree to the terms of service
                  Signed in as (Sign out)

                  We’ll send you updates on this idea

                  1 comment  ·  Licensing, SKU, & Edition  ·  Flag idea as inappropriate…  ·  Admin →
                • Windows Server Start Menu at least like Windows 7 Start Menú and old classic start menu.

                  Please, no more mobile UI and flat and ugly design like Windows 10.

                  3 votes
                  Sign in
                  Check!
                  (thinking…)
                  Reset
                  or sign in with
                  • facebook
                  • google
                    Password icon
                    I agree to the terms of service
                    Signed in as (Sign out)

                    We’ll send you updates on this idea

                    4 comments  ·  Shell, GUI, & Explorer  ·  Flag idea as inappropriate…  ·  Admin →
                  • The ability to give a description for Hyper-V VMs

                    Currently the manager for the Hyper-V system only allows you to give a name for the virtual machine.

                    This may not always be descriptive and/or user friendly. Being able to give a description to Hyper-V virtual machines and have these optionally included with the import/export functions.

                    Would allow for useful information to be able to be included with the detailing about the software installed as well as other info.

                    In addition it would be useful for software distributors which provide their software as VMs.

                    1 vote
                    Sign in
                    Check!
                    (thinking…)
                    Reset
                    or sign in with
                    • facebook
                    • google
                      Password icon
                      I agree to the terms of service
                      Signed in as (Sign out)

                      We’ll send you updates on this idea

                      0 comments  ·  Shell, GUI, & Explorer  ·  Flag idea as inappropriate…  ·  Admin →
                    • RemoteApp and Remote Desktop services issue with gateway

                      I have installed Remote Desktop Services on Windows Terminal Server 2016 TP5 servers.
                      I'm using a gateway, in order to connect from outside over HTTPS.
                      RemoteApp and Remote Desktop are working really good from Windows Computers Clients with the Remote Desktop Application (from the Windows Store) or with the default mstsc client.
                      When I use the same application for a Windows Phone 10 device, or with the Android or iOS application it doesn't work, even if I use the same wifi network as my laptop.
                      I can add the remote ressources, but I cannot connect to them with the same…

                      1 vote
                      Sign in
                      Check!
                      (thinking…)
                      Reset
                      or sign in with
                      • facebook
                      • google
                        Password icon
                        I agree to the terms of service
                        Signed in as (Sign out)

                        We’ll send you updates on this idea

                        0 comments  ·  RDS  ·  Flag idea as inappropriate…  ·  Admin →
                      • 1 vote
                        Sign in
                        Check!
                        (thinking…)
                        Reset
                        or sign in with
                        • facebook
                        • google
                          Password icon
                          I agree to the terms of service
                          Signed in as (Sign out)

                          We’ll send you updates on this idea

                          0 comments  ·  Bug  ·  Flag idea as inappropriate…  ·  Admin →
                        • "On-Premesis" CRL distribution

                          Create a capability to have on-premises copies of CRLs, that machines can be redirected to via Group Policy.

                          1 vote
                          Sign in
                          Check!
                          (thinking…)
                          Reset
                          or sign in with
                          • facebook
                          • google
                            Password icon
                            I agree to the terms of service
                            Signed in as (Sign out)

                            We’ll send you updates on this idea

                            0 comments  ·  Misc  ·  Flag idea as inappropriate…  ·  Admin →
                          • Add icons for office apps

                            Would be nice to have file type handlers built in for Office files so that content is more easily identified on file servers. Adding this as an optional feature, as opposed to installing the Office suite for the same functionality.

                            1 vote
                            Sign in
                            Check!
                            (thinking…)
                            Reset
                            or sign in with
                            • facebook
                            • google
                              Password icon
                              I agree to the terms of service
                              Signed in as (Sign out)

                              We’ll send you updates on this idea

                              0 comments  ·  Shell, GUI, & Explorer  ·  Flag idea as inappropriate…  ·  Admin →
                            • Make Storage Replica available for Standard Edition

                              Storage Replica is a really useful feature, and Windows Admins and their companies would benefit if it's available in Standard Edition as well. The mean time to restore service could be improved massively, and Microsoft would be a big part in it.
                              Storage Replica is not a Hosting Provider only feature!

                              2 votes
                              Sign in
                              Check!
                              (thinking…)
                              Reset
                              or sign in with
                              • facebook
                              • google
                                Password icon
                                I agree to the terms of service
                                Signed in as (Sign out)

                                We’ll send you updates on this idea

                                0 comments  ·  Licensing, SKU, & Edition  ·  Flag idea as inappropriate…  ·  Admin →
                              • to consider fighting poor video performance on RDSH

                                From what I've seen watching videos on RDSH has always been a huge problem. The video stucks, there are artifacts, and very few frames per second. I'm talking about YouTube videos (HTML5 / Flash Player) or third-party-players like VLC Media Player.
                                It would be great if you could investigate here so watching YouTube videos etc. will be possible on RDSH in the future! I known it is impossible to use graphics intensive applications on RDSH, but why are videos so slow?
                                I think many users would be glad if they could watch videos in RDSH sessions, this might become a…

                                1 vote
                                Sign in
                                Check!
                                (thinking…)
                                Reset
                                or sign in with
                                • facebook
                                • google
                                  Password icon
                                  I agree to the terms of service
                                  Signed in as (Sign out)

                                  We’ll send you updates on this idea

                                  1 comment  ·  RDS  ·  Flag idea as inappropriate…  ·  Admin →
                                • The storage pool does not have sufficient eligible resources for the creation of the specified virtual disk

                                  I have a 3 node cluster setup and validated for Storage Spaces Direct. Each node has two 1TB SSDs and two 4TB HDDs (total 6 of each) all of which are cleaned of partitions and data (running on Dell HBA330s). All nodes have the required networking in places, are joined in a cluster and are running Server 2016 TP5 with the latest updates. Running cluster validation for Storage Spaces direct comes back with only the warning about 3 node cluster vs 4 (I only want mirrors, so 3 should work).

                                  The problem is no matter what I do I cannot…

                                  1 vote
                                  Sign in
                                  Check!
                                  (thinking…)
                                  Reset
                                  or sign in with
                                  • facebook
                                  • google
                                    Password icon
                                    I agree to the terms of service
                                    Signed in as (Sign out)

                                    We’ll send you updates on this idea

                                    0 comments  ·  Bug  ·  Flag idea as inappropriate…  ·  Admin →
                                  • Bug: TP5: Notepad.exe often crashes when closing text files

                                    Repro 1:
                                    1) browse around the file system or any zip files, double click on any .txt files you find to read them.
                                    2) Click 'X' in the top right of notepad to close out of notepad.

                                    Repro 2:
                                    1) open explorer and click on "Documents" in the treeview to show your documents (and a folder you should definitely have permissions to).
                                    2) In the area showing your folders and files, right click and choose to create a new text document. (I named it test.txt)
                                    3) Double click the new text file and add some text. (I wrote "hello")
                                    4)…

                                    1 vote
                                    Sign in
                                    Check!
                                    (thinking…)
                                    Reset
                                    or sign in with
                                    • facebook
                                    • google
                                      Password icon
                                      I agree to the terms of service
                                      Signed in as (Sign out)

                                      We’ll send you updates on this idea

                                      1 comment  ·  Bug  ·  Flag idea as inappropriate…  ·  Admin →
                                    • 1 vote
                                      Sign in
                                      Check!
                                      (thinking…)
                                      Reset
                                      or sign in with
                                      • facebook
                                      • google
                                        Password icon
                                        I agree to the terms of service
                                        Signed in as (Sign out)

                                        We’ll send you updates on this idea

                                        0 comments  ·  Bug  ·  Flag idea as inappropriate…  ·  Admin →
                                      • Logs of printing

                                        Hi,
                                        1) since 2012 we can't see in logs the names of printed documents. We, as a company, would like to control print flow in our company. we would like to know which documents were printed. Please return this inforamtion in logs.

                                        2) event id 805 includes information about amount of copies of printed document. but regardless of how many copies were printed, logs always contains only one copy. Please fix it.

                                        because of these bugs we have to install "heavy" third-party applications for print accounting instead of using the "light" Windows features.

                                        thank you!

                                        1 vote
                                        Sign in
                                        Check!
                                        (thinking…)
                                        Reset
                                        or sign in with
                                        • facebook
                                        • google
                                          Password icon
                                          I agree to the terms of service
                                          Signed in as (Sign out)

                                          We’ll send you updates on this idea

                                          0 comments  ·  Bug  ·  Flag idea as inappropriate…  ·  Admin →
                                        • VPN IKEv2

                                          Hi,
                                          since 2012 VPN IKEv2 doesn't work.
                                          i tried on Windows Server 2016 TP5 - still doesn't work.
                                          It works after first configuration, then i restart server to check how it will work after restart - it doesn't work any more.

                                          1 vote
                                          Sign in
                                          Check!
                                          (thinking…)
                                          Reset
                                          or sign in with
                                          • facebook
                                          • google
                                            Password icon
                                            I agree to the terms of service
                                            Signed in as (Sign out)

                                            We’ll send you updates on this idea

                                            0 comments  ·  Bug  ·  Flag idea as inappropriate…  ·  Admin →
                                          ← Previous 1 3 4
                                          • Don't see your idea?

                                          Feedback and Knowledge Base