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  1. Show file extensions by default

    Show file extension by default on Windows Server. I can understand why the extension is hidden by default on the Desktop OS but for server it should be visible.

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      1 comment  ·  Shell, GUI, & Explorer  ·  Flag idea as inappropriate…  ·  Admin →
    • Allow PowerShell scripts to run directly in Scheduled Tasks

      Please allow to use PowerShell scripts directly within Scheduled Tasks.

      An update should offer this functionality for all current supported server versions.

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      • Screen: Scale and layout: PLEASE offer an individual scaling factor!

        Hello

        We have many servers and almost always have Issues with the limitation for the Screen Scaling factors to 100%, 125%, … 225%.

        Of course, we could use the Custom Scaling, but this setting is assigned to all Screens. VERY Annoying.

        We're in 2018 and it would be very useful, if we could scale each single Monitor using a custom scaling factor.

        Thanks a lot, kind regards,
        Thomas

        2 votes
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        • Windows Update settings - Restart options

          In Windows Update on Server 2016 and beyond, there is the Restart options, which allows you to Schedule a time to restart and finish installing updates.

          The problem is you can only turn this on once the updates have fully completed installed.

          Instead of having to wait for the update to install, you should be allowed to Schedule the Restart time from this menu ONCE YOU HAVE ALREADY BEGUN to install updates. It's very annoying to have to wait for hours or however long, to then later have to go back and schedule the restart. You should be able to…

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          • Microsoft window should include a feature called restore environment -

            windows must have a feature like if a pc accidently shut down -for example like when battery issue in a pc- then pc shut down with a shock--
            and when we turn it on again --we found our progress lost--so there should be a feature like chrome --Restore--than can restore the last environment we were working on -

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            • Behavior when task bar is at the top.

              Still a problem with 2016 Server. This has been an issue for as long as Windows has existed. When the task bar is positioned at the top of the desktop, some title bars, like cmd and PowerShell, hide under the task bar. No, I do not use auto-hide nor will I, That is not a solution. The solution is for the open window to be aware that the task bar is there, and not position itself at the top of the desktop, under the task bar.

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              • Currently one cannot save MMC window sizes. Please add this feature to all MMC snap-ins. Adjusting the window every time is a waste of time.

                Currently one cannot save MMC window sizes. Please add this feature to all MMC snap-ins. Adjusting the window every time is a waste of time.

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                • DIR command should have a switch to choose if wildcards are associated with longnames or 8dot3 names.

                  DIR *1.* will return "extra" results that don't make sense if you don't know about the underlying 8.3 names. When used with VBA, scripts, or other automated solutions this is problematic, as results are unexpected. If there was a switch to select, for example, that wildcards only apply to the longname, and this option could be selected from VBA, then this could be avoided.

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                  • 2 votes
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                    • 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.

                      7 votes
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                      • Windows Server Insider 17677 - All Shells lost Console prompt cursor on Virtual Machines

                        Windows Server Insider 17677 - All Shells lost console prompt cursor on Virtual Machines. This behavior is been happening on a virtual machine created in VMWare Workstation.

                        This is happening in both DOS and PowerShell console shell.

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                        • 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.

                          4 votes
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                          • add functionality to Test-NetConnection cmdlet to trace a route to a remote TCP port

                            Test-NetConnection does not allow to trace to a remote TCP port.
                            The ability to do this would greatly improve Window's ability to troubleshoot difficult networking setups with multiple firewalls in between two connection points.
                            This is especially true, if the traceroute works but the actual port has been blocked in between somewhere.

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                            • Windows Server Insider 17677 - All Shells lost prompt cursor on Virtual Machines

                              Windows Server Insider 17677 - All Shells lost prompt cursor on Virtual Machines. This behavior is been happening on a virtual machine created in VMWare Workstation.

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                              • A small box on the desktop with a configurable dashboard view of the system status

                                A small box on the desktop with a configurable dashboard view of the system status

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                                • Please finally stop the reorganization of application windows just because a Monitor is switched off to safe energy

                                  Hello

                                  Our users no longer use the power-saving features of the monitors just because Windows then starts to reorganize the application windows and moves them to monitors that are not yet turned off.

                                  Of course, Microsoft is not even able to restore the application windows exactly to their original position when the monitors are switched on again - which is a real shame, because the problem is trivial! therefore the request:

                                  Therefore: please allow your customers to disable this automatic reorganization of application windows if Monitors are switched off.
                                  This should be doable even for M$ which usually ignores usability…

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                                  • quick access

                                    Pinned locations on Quick Access shows folder name but cannot change display name to differentiate between many folders with the same name in different locations.
                                    Please let us change the display name of a folder in the QuickAccess list as we previously could with the old Favourites list? Or let us put Favourites back on top of the windows explorer navigator?

                                    3 votes
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                                    • hyper-V Manager

                                      In Virtual Machines list a column to show whether the VM is the primary replicating out, or a dormant replica.

                                      I had a panicked user start the replica because he thought the VM was turned off.

                                      That said, can I rename the VM on the replica side only (by adding the word REPLICA for example)?

                                      6 votes
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                                      • Dark Theme for Group Policy Management Editor

                                        Include an option for a Dark theme view in the Group Policy Management Editor.

                                        7 votes
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                                        • Need to allow access to different domains via different credentials in same AD Administrative Center

                                          Need to allow access to different domains via different credentials in same AD Administrative Center. runas will only work for one domain at a time per session. I'd like to manage different domains using different credentials per domain.

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