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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.

    17 votes
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      6 comments  ·  Misc  ·  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

      5 votes
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        6 comments  ·  Bug  ·  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

        7 votes
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          0 comments  ·  Shell, GUI, & Explorer  ·  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

          10 votes
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            0 comments  ·  Interoperability & Integration  ·  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.

            17 votes
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              1 comment  ·  Misc  ·  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.

              7 votes
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                0 comments  ·  Other  ·  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…

                6 votes
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                  0 comments  ·  Other  ·  Flag idea as inappropriate…  ·  Admin →
                • Dedupe on ReFS and Hyper-V non-VDI scenarioes...

                  Please please please add support for Dedupe on ReFS volumes! If you want us to start using the new filesystem then you really should implement Dedupe as well. Also support for Dedupe on other than VDI loads would really be nice. It works very well, so why not??

                  17 votes
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                    1 comment  ·  Other  ·  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.

                    5 votes
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                      0 comments  ·  Licensing, SKU, & Edition  ·  Flag idea as inappropriate…  ·  Admin →
                    • Add hostname to shutdown dialog

                      Simple idea - add the hostname to the shutdown dialog, ie "Shutdown SERVERNAME". This would stop helpdesk/support personal from cheerfully shutting down critical servers instead of their workstations when going home for the day.

                      13 votes
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                        1 comment  ·  Shell, GUI, & Explorer  ·  Flag idea as inappropriate…  ·  Admin →
                      • 5 votes
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                          1 comment  ·  RDS  ·  Flag idea as inappropriate…  ·  Admin →
                        • 6 votes
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                            2 comments  ·  Licensing, SKU, & Edition  ·  Flag idea as inappropriate…  ·  Admin →
                          • Disable logon screen background image by default

                            On Windows Server 2016 Eval (with Desktop Experience), the background image of logon screen is enabled by default.

                            I feel it would be better to disable by default than to enable.I think such a feature is not needed on the server product and it's better to be simple and to minimize resources for non-service.

                            10 votes
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                              0 comments  ·  Other  ·  Flag idea as inappropriate…  ·  Admin →
                            • Control Panel> System and Security> Windows Update

                              Control Panel> System and Security> Windows Update Gone?

                              Who are you helping when you remove windows update from the control panel completely... makes no sense.

                              3 votes
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                                0 comments  ·  Shell, GUI, & Explorer  ·  Flag idea as inappropriate…  ·  Admin →
                              • create a community forum for Server 2016

                                hello,
                                in the community forums there is no forum for server 2016
                                im having some issues and was hoping to get some help from the community.

                                thanks
                                Sean

                                3 votes
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                                  0 comments  ·  Misc  ·  Flag idea as inappropriate…  ·  Admin →
                                • 6 votes
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                                    0 comments  ·  Configuration  ·  Flag idea as inappropriate…  ·  Admin →
                                  • Add back support for Edge

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

                                    2 votes
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                                      0 comments  ·  Applications & Add-ons  ·  Flag idea as inappropriate…  ·  Admin →
                                    • Replace the server GUI with a website

                                      I do believe that servers do not need a GUI and probably should not have one for performance and security reasons. With Windows Server 2016, the default installation is Server Core, and I do think this is a very good thing.

                                      However, there are scenarios when a GUI can be handy, particularly for small business with limited IT resources (for example, for the Essentials role). In this scenario, instead of installing a GUI on the server (with calculator, Explorer, Internet Explorer, etc.) the user should be able to access and configure the server from a webpage just like most routers…

                                      1 vote
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                                        0 comments  ·  Shell, GUI, & Explorer  ·  Flag idea as inappropriate…  ·  Admin →
                                      • Add Itanium Support to Windows Server 2016

                                        Intel Itanium can emulate x64 but they are not officially supported in Windows Server 2016. Windows Server 2016 should be one edition and download should say for "64-bit systems" and that should be compatible with x86_64, Itanium, and 64-bit ARM.

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                                          3 comments  ·  Interoperability & Integration  ·  Flag idea as inappropriate…  ·  Admin →
                                        • Need the probably last audit setting for 'Service Control Manager'

                                          Hi Team,

                                          The Service Control Manager audits all service related events except the deletion in the event viewer.
                                          Probably the last thing that could be added?

                                          Thank you.

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