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  1. 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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      0 comments  ·  Shell, GUI, & Explorer  ·  Flag idea as inappropriate…  ·  Admin →
    • Remove GUI on all server editions completely.

      We need leaner, faster, more secure servers.

      3 votes
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        1 comment  ·  Shell, GUI, & Explorer  ·  Flag idea as inappropriate…  ·  Admin →
      • 1 vote
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        • NSLookup add support for URI dns entries

          NSLookup add support for URI dns entry schemes

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          • NSLookup add support for URI dns entries

            NSLookup add support for URI dns entry schemes

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            • get hackers out

              help they are running a **** business on my home wifi

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              • Windows Update Notifications/Nag Screen

                PLEASE get rid of the "new" Windows Update notification that takes over the screen and makes you open the Settings app... the 2012r2 way (with a clear option to cancel) was better. We already know when our servers need updates but can't necessarily take them down for updates at that very moment.

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                  0 comments  ·  Shell, GUI, & Explorer  ·  Flag idea as inappropriate…  ·  Admin →
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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

                    120 votes
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                      9 comments  ·  Shell, GUI, & Explorer  ·  Flag idea as inappropriate…  ·  Admin →
                    • 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.

                      5 votes
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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

                        55 votes
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                          5 comments  ·  Shell, GUI, & Explorer  ·  Flag idea as inappropriate…  ·  Admin →
                        • Windows 2016 start menu search on GUI should be as comprehensive as Windows 10 and Windows 2012R2

                          When I hit start and type "Active", for example, the start menu correctly finds "Active Directory Users and Computers", "Active Directory Domains and Trusts", etc. on Windows 10 and Windows 2012R2.
                          that is NOT the case in Windows 2016 TP5. I have to type in "administrative" to get to "Windows Administrative Tools" and then run my mmc.

                          I don't know if it is a setting I should enable (maybe Cortana), or I have to wait for some indexing to finish (I've already waited waaay to long; besides Windows 2012R2 does not have this index-wait-time) for this comprehensive search to happen,…

                          96 votes
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                            15 comments  ·  Shell, GUI, & Explorer  ·  Flag idea as inappropriate…  ·  Admin →
                          • Set task manager to show total network percent of total capacity

                            I love Win Server 2012 R2 but HATE the sliding scale for network utilization. Every time I want only % of total bandwidth. If I have a 1GBit connection or a 10Gbit - I want to know if I'm using 1% of it or 15% or whatever. I don't know anyone with a 7.48gbit nic so the math isn't hard. The sliding scale is what I consider good for sleazy sales and marketing departments. PLEASE give us an OPTION to have your autoscale network throughput and a useful percent of total throughput like it had before.

                            10 votes
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                            • Manage Settings (New Control Panel) for RDSH Servers

                              I am working on a new lockdown group policy that will be used for our future Windows 2016 XenApp servers.

                              As this will be used for a lot of users, certain things will need to be locked down. For example the Settings need to be locked down in the same way as it possible with Control Panel.

                              I want to be able to manage what settings is visible in Settings with GPO.

                              We cannot allow users on a shared RDSH server to install windows update, add VPN connection, check what application is installed etc etc.
                              With Control Panel it was…

                              27 votes
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                              • Server Core

                                Get back possibility to switch between Server Core and GUI

                                Since TP3 it is no longer possible to switch between the different user interface types. I think it is absolutely mandatory to get this option back untill RTM of Server 2016

                                128 votes
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                                • Default shell in Server Core and MinShell to PowerShell

                                  With the change to Server Core or MinShell as install options, MS should not default the way you interact with the server to the old command line. It should be PowerShell. I do this on my current servers by changing the registry, but I'm not sure why in 2015 MS doesn't do this by default.

                                  243 votes
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                                  • Make a search box in windows services

                                    With a huge list of services in Windows services, I would like to have a search box to find rapidly a Windows services. Thanks for vote if you think that will be a good idea.

                                    27 votes
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                                    • 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.

                                      27 votes
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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.

                                        3 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.

                                          2 votes
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