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  1. 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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    • 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.

      2 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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            • Option to disable copy on select

              It looks like powershell has adopted the horrible design decision of copying the text you select to the clipboard. This has the side effect of clearing your command you copied from another window because when you click in the terminal window to set focus it copies that 1 character the cursor is at. This is very annoying, Please at least provide an option to disable copying text to clipboard on selection.

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              • Add 'server-based personal desktop sessions' for RDS in the Server Manager or any other GUI

                Currently, Server-based personal desktop sessions are still underrated. Still it has a lot of potential and a lot of users are looking for a way to implement this, assign users to different Terminal Servers manually istead of letting the load balancer do it for them.
                Unfortunately to have this configured we are forced to use PowerShell, which is not handy at all times.

                To make this more reliable and easy to manage; add Server-based personal desktops to be configurable within the Server Manager under Remote Desktop Services.

                IT-staff will then be able to easily assign groups of users to different…

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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?

                  2 votes
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                  • The "fsutil fsinfo drivetype" command should distinquish between HDD and SSD for the Fixed Drive response.

                    When the fsutil fsinfo drivetype command is issued, it should report the difference (and be able to distinguish) between a fixed drive on HDD and SSD.

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                    • Server 2019 - Change the default shell

                      Can we have the option to select a default shell from Command Prompt to Powershell. For a lot of admins I feel like they would benefit from having a choice.

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                      • Allow Virtual Desktops To Have Its Own Shortcuts

                        In Windows Server 2019, I love the idea of being abke to easily switch your desktop with one mouse click. Better Than the Button in Windows Server 2016 and 10. But What would be nice, is if in that Menu, you could make and empty Desktop and Add your own icons to it yourself. As Well as be able to move icons between desktops.

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                        • Add option to re-check for updates before installing

                          When going to apply updates, there should at least be an option to check for updates if updates are already found. This was previously an option through Server 2012 R2 and is no longer possible. Because of this, changes to available updates may not be received by the client computer until after the update list is applied and the server is rebooted. Given how locked down the update interface is now, even having that option automatically happen in the background would be great.

                          In my environment, I use WSUS to patch all of my servers. This month, KB4041691 was installed…

                          27 votes
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                          • certmgr improvements (UX, etc) for finding certificates

                            Adjust columns as desired, by default have thumbprint viewable. Group by issuer would also be really great. A menu item to find a specific certificate by thumbprint, or all issued by that thumbprint.

                            2 votes
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                            • On Hyper-V hosts, warn before running destructive actions on host

                              When a Windows Server 2016 machine is a Hyper-V host, attempting to run system-wide destructive actions, such as sysprep, should be warned against more vocally than typical actions, such as shutdown. Such actions have far greater ramifications than mundane actions such as restart or shutdown. This will provide visual queues to administrators who are working directly on Hyper-V hosts and using the "Connect..." feature of Hyper-V Manager to open consoles to VMs on the host. Such destructive actions are frequently needed when building new VMs, but are very rarely needed on host machines.

                              (Source: unfortunate experience)

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                              • Active Directory dsa.msc Attribute Editor only if Object not searched

                                if i open an computer object directly in the dsa.msc there is a tab called "Attribute Editor". If i open an object over the search function there is no tab "Attribute Editor". Bug or Feature? I can´t understand the sens of the difference.

                                4 votes
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                                • Add OS Version and Build numbers to "Overview"

                                  Great to quickly recognize current patch level

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                                  • Anchore a window in foreground

                                    Hello,
                                    a great little thing would be an option to anchor a window in the foreground.
                                    For example watching a video or a website in foreground while working in a programm or in explorer.
                                    Usually if you have 2 windows open and you click somewhere in the background window, it comes to the foreground and the other one is concealed.

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                                    • Allow Microsoft Edge Favorites to be easily managed like the Internet Explorer Favorites folder structure and support folder redirection

                                      Allow Microsoft Edge Favorites to be easily managed like the Internet Explorer Favorites folder structure (end user-manageable) and support folder redirection (especially in the Enterprise edition of Windows 10). The IE Favorites folder can be redirected to a network location and available on any computer a user logs into, Edge Favorites are stuck on the local hard drive in a non-user manageable form (ESE database). The same goes for Sticky Notes, in Windows 7 they were stored in the Roaming AppData folder and followed a user across computers. Now they have been converted to a "modern UI app" which is…

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                                      • 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

                                        42 votes
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                                        • 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

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