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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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    • GUI Choice for Administrators and Engineers

      First, I have been supporting Microsft since Win 3.1 and NT 3.1, I am stating I am one of your longtime engineers and hope you will take my suggestion into consideration.

      As an Administrator I access a lot of different areas that users do not. These areas are critical to my day to day oerations and help me keep your products in a good light. Recently, you have removed the control panel and our work arounds get removed with each update. As an engineer I realize that these tools are totally unecessary for the standard user, but critical to me.

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      • 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.

        17 votes
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        • A simple way to manage Hyper-V checkpoints?

          I am racking my brain over the complicated style Hyper-V utilizes checkpoints.
          I just want to be able to delete all checkpoints for a vm so I can expand the hard disk, but I do not see any simple way of achieving this.
          Turning off the vm still leaves the message under Settings informing you that you cannot edit the Hard Disk because there are checkpoints existing.
          I cannot delete the checkpoints from their location because Hyper-V is running my other VMs.

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          • Server 2019 Change Date and Time dialog is only 12h

            In Server 2019 Standard 1809
            The Region is set to English(Sweden)
            When i try to Change the time in The Date&Time Settings window I only get a 12h dialog.
            (In most of the world we have known for a long time that the day has 24 hours)

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              0 comments  ·  Shell, GUI, & Explorer  ·  Flag idea as inappropriate…  ·  Admin →
            • Remove GUI on all server editions completely.

              We need leaner, faster, more secure servers.

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              • Re-Compile the CMD "netstat" to include a flag to show LISTENING only, create GREP

                Re-Compile the CMD "netstat" to include a flag to show LISTENING only, create GREP. My gmail userID is swtpete

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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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                  • A function to Pin application links to Start Screen using check boxes instead of right clicking them one by kne in Windows 10..

                    A function to Pin application links to Start Screen using check boxes instead of right clicking them one by one.

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                    • allow marquee select program shortcuts in windows 10

                      Functionality to allow Marquee selection of program. shortcuts in Windows 10 Start screen to select them and then be able to resize or remove them in bulk instead of one by one

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                      • Fix SourceAddress bug in Test-NetConnection cmdlet

                        Test-NetConnection does not ignore any IP that is marked SkipAsSource=True when showing the SourceAddress in the result. It will consider whatever IP is closest to the gateway address to be the source address even if that IP has SkipAsSource=true.

                        For example, given these IP bindings and a gateway address of 10.10.10.1, the SourceAddress should be 10.10.10.33 because it is the lowest address with SkipAsSource=False

                        IPAddress SkipAsSource InterfaceIndex InterfaceAlias
                        --------- ------------ -------------- --------------
                        10.10.10.11 True 12 Production VLAN 123
                        10.10.10.22 True 12 Production VLAN 123
                        10.10.10.33 False 12 Production VLAN 123
                        10.10.10.44 True 12 Production VLAN 123
                        10.10.10.55 True 12 Production…

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                        • include a fully functioning command line print client which will print to a shared windows printer

                          include a fully functioning command line print client which will print to a shared windows printer, or a LPD server

                          We have the need to send PDFs to a printer via LPD - or some command line - during batch processing. The lpr command included in windows doesn't have the options to force jobs to print duplex. The print command is only for text jobs.
                          The printer understands PDFs natively... but we have no way of adding required control items on its way there.

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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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                            • 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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                                      • 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.

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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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