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  1. We need a new TechNet forum named Windows Server 2016 Essentials

    Please create a new TechNet forum named Windows Server 2016 Essentials to align with new product released.

    23 votes
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      7 comments  ·  Misc  ·  Flag idea as inappropriate…  ·  Admin →
    • Urgently need WSE-2106 Media pack to stream video/movies for home use

      Urgently need WSE-2106 Media pack to stream video/movies for home use

      28 votes
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        3 comments  ·  Interoperability & Integration  ·  Flag idea as inappropriate…  ·  Admin →
      • Multiple actions in task scheduler do not work

        Got a suggestion from Cartman (MSFT) to post my problem here:

        multiple actions in task scheduler do not work under specific circumstances. See https://social.technet.microsoft.com/Forums/en-US/ws2016/thread/1e86f012-1c04-434c-97a1-f271bdf0152f/ for details.

        6 votes
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          1 comment  ·  Configuration  ·  Flag idea as inappropriate…  ·  Admin →
        • BSOD when command "services" is run in elevated PowerShell

          Logon to windows server2016
          Open a PowerShell console as Administrator
          type 'services' (without quotes)
          press enter

          BSOD happens

          11 votes
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            7 comments  ·  Bug  ·  Flag idea as inappropriate…  ·  Admin →
          • GPO to change Windows 2016 settings menu on RDS

            Hi,

            I have a new Windows 2016 RDS farm.
            Is there a possibility to adjust the Windows settings menu?
            For example, remove “Update and Security” or “Network and Internet” ….
            One problem is that a "normal" user can open the settings menu, install Windows updates and then restart the server. Restart a RDS server????

            The only possibility GPO is “Remove access to use all Windows Update feature” but this is a computer policy. When I configure this policy, also admin users have no more access to install updates.

            Thanks
            Michael

            9 votes
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              0 comments  ·  RDS  ·  Flag idea as inappropriate…  ·  Admin →
            • XBox, Mobile, Phone, Contacts, Maps, Geolocation, Camera, Radios, Onedrive Services in Windows Server 2016

              This services makes Windows Server 2016 a toy, not a professional or enterprise product:

              Xbox Live Authencation
              Xbox Live Saved Games
              Xbox Live Networking
              Onedrive
              Phone
              Contacts
              Maps
              Mobile devices
              Geolocation
              Camera,
              Radios (Phone,Airplane mode)
              Wallet services.

              5 votes
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                0 comments  ·  Applications & Add-ons  ·  Flag idea as inappropriate…  ·  Admin →
              • Add back support for Edge

                Please add the option to install Microsoft Edge on the server.

                12 votes
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                  1 comment  ·  Applications & Add-ons  ·  Flag idea as inappropriate…  ·  Admin →
                • Remove/hide Power button/icon from the Start Menu

                  Add a way, preferably via GPO, to remove/hide the Power Button from the Start Menu, or a way to move the Log Off action to the Power Button.

                  When you enable "Remove and prevent access to the Shut Down, Restart, Sleep..." in a GPO. and remove the disconnect action, the Power Button still remains, and just opens up a blank menu. And I don't want my users to just see a useless button in the Start Menu.

                  Technet where I raised the issue: https://social.technet.microsoft.com/Forums/en-US/2cf3cbb9-73b3-45ef-8897-54896d0eda2b/removehide-the-power-button-in-windows-server-2016?forum=ws2016

                  12 votes
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                    0 comments  ·  Shell, GUI, & Explorer  ·  Flag idea as inappropriate…  ·  Admin →
                  • WSUS on Win2012: Fix issue that causes Windows Server 2016 clients OS to be listed as "Windows (Version 10)"

                    When using WSUS on Windows 2012 (WSUS 4.x), the WSUS console incorrectly lists Windows Server 2016 clients with Operating System "Windows (Version 10)". This is confusing to customers, and causes them concerns related to reporting, as well as the ability to update Win2016 clients with WSUS on Windows 2012.

                    This issue does not occur with WSUS on Windows 2016, where Windows Server 2016 clients are listed with Operating System as "Windows Server 2016 <edition>".

                    4 votes
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                      0 comments  ·  Bug  ·  Flag idea as inappropriate…  ·  Admin →
                    • Add a PowerShell module to manage Windows Updates

                      Add a PowerShell module to manage Windows Updates like you can now with the GUI. Like checking for updates, installing all updates, or a selection of updates, creating a report of pending updates, etc. The Windows Update options in the Server Configuration Manager (sconfig) are very limited.

                      3 votes
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                        0 comments  ·  Configuration  ·  Flag idea as inappropriate…  ·  Admin →
                      • Remove Xbox Live related services from Server 2016

                        IMHO "Xbox Live Game Save" service left in a product aimed for corporate use is a bit embarrassing.

                        29 votes
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                          2 comments  ·  Misc  ·  Flag idea as inappropriate…  ·  Admin →
                        • Remove Cortana/Defender/XBox/UAC and the others bloatware

                          Please don't tell me about core version or nano!

                          We need a light weight GUI to speed up the settings and keep monitored the logs and other things. Please move all these stuff to "Add roles and Features"

                          Do you remember windows NT?

                          We don't need the heavyweight of all bloated stuff of windows 10.

                          This is a server.

                          Thank you

                          3 votes
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                            0 comments  ·  Shell, GUI, & Explorer  ·  Flag idea as inappropriate…  ·  Admin →
                          • Storage spaces direct in Windows Server Standard

                            S2D is an awsome technology for small Business to create small Cluster environment without expensive SAN or NAS boxes. The datacenter licensing requirement absolutely kills the usecase for small deployments.

                            12 votes
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                              0 comments  ·  Licensing, SKU, & Edition  ·  Flag idea as inappropriate…  ·  Admin →
                            • New software Invention Update for machinery

                              New software that causes machinery to become modern day technology and come alive.

                              1 vote
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                                1 comment  ·  Applications & Add-ons  ·  Flag idea as inappropriate…  ·  Admin →
                              • Change Your Thinking

                                I recently downloaded Server 2016 from my VL portal, got it installed/configured for testing, and I just thought I would share my discontent with the product (or unimpressed is likely a better wording). This does not require any input from anyone, or have any questions that need to be answered.

                                I dislike that they removed the ability to convert from GUI to Core, or Core to GUI. That was a great feature! Sorry I am not a PowerShell guru, but these feature allowed me to be flexible. Add this back in! I read your reasoning online. Find a way to…

                                11 votes
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                                  0 comments  ·  Other  ·  Flag idea as inappropriate…  ·  Admin →
                                • Do not install windows defender by default on windows server

                                  Windows Server 2016 shoulnd't have anti-malware enabled by default. Just had to reboot a production server 2 days after a clean install because AntiMaware was at 100% CPU for hours. Defender is already a memory hog, it shouldn't be enabled by default on servers.

                                  2 votes
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                                    0 comments  ·  Other  ·  Flag idea as inappropriate…  ·  Admin →
                                  • Include support for Group Managed Service Accounts in Task Scheduler GUI

                                    The GUI does not accept entering a gMSA as user for a scheduled task. This can only be done from PowerShell, and after doing that it is not possible to edit the task from GUI.

                                    I would love to see gMSA support in the scheduled tasks GUI.

                                    8 votes
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                                    • Bug: Backups stop working after about a month using windows server backup. I lose the System and hyper-v writers.

                                      Only way to recover is a reboot. On a Hyper-v server this is not acceptable.

                                      1 vote
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                                        1 comment  ·  Other  ·  Flag idea as inappropriate…  ·  Admin →
                                      • Implement total file security for all computers connectd

                                        I have a conceptual idea of how to secure all the communication, files, and computing resources without the regards where the resources are located. Basically, this would allow to control access to any file on the accessible network or a cloud using the infrastructure/code idea that I have in mind.

                                        I had several conversation with the business owners about the security of the data (files and etc) when it comes to employees parting with the companies or trying to sabotage the resources. Business owners need total control of the data and preclude those leaving the company to copy the data…

                                        1 vote
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                                          0 comments  ·  Other  ·  Flag idea as inappropriate…  ·  Admin →
                                        • Give back System Protection tab

                                          and system restore as is in Win10

                                          2 votes
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