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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.

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

      1 vote
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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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          • 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.

            1 vote
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              0 comments  ·  Shell, GUI, & Explorer  ·  Flag idea as inappropriate…  ·  Admin →
            • 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.

              3 votes
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              • 1 vote
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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.

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

                                    29 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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