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  1. 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

    156 votes
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  2. 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.

    2 votes
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  3. 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.

    3 votes
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  4. 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

    64 votes
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  5. 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.

    6 votes
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  6. 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)

    3 votes
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  8. Server Core allow background image / bginfo

    Customers want to embrace Server core, however the learning curve can be steep for their internal teams.

    Idea: Allowing background images to be set. This would enable scenarios like using BG info for quick system status , or images with instructions like "press ctrl alt delete if you have closed the last console window". This can be very beneficial for improving the learning curve!!

    15 votes
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  9. 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,…

    103 votes
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  10. 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…

    7 votes
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  11. 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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  12. active directory administrative center search feature is incomplete

    well, WTH?! ADUC lets you find users, computers, group, printers, shares, etc.

    why on earth the new ADAC is lacking this feature? why don't you have the option to choose primitive object types in ADAC search as you can in ADUC? I know you have LDAP query builder and all that (which is awesome by the way); but shouldn't simple stuff be available and intuitive stuff be as easy as they have always been with newer tools?

    4 votes
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  13. Add hostname to shutdown dialog

    Simple idea - add the hostname to the shutdown dialog, ie "Shutdown SERVERNAME". This would stop helpdesk/support personal from cheerfully shutting down critical servers instead of their workstations when going home for the day.

    24 votes
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  14. 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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  15. Control Panel> System and Security> Windows Update

    Control Panel> System and Security> Windows Update Gone?

    Who are you helping when you remove windows update from the control panel completely... makes no sense.

    12 votes
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  16. 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

    134 votes
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  17. Dashboard in Hyper V manager for virtual machines

    Hi,

    It would be great and helpful if there is a dashboard view in
    hyper-V Manager

    Dashboard with basic details like
    Total no of VM
    No of VM running /Off
    OS details in VM
    Utilization / available free stoarge in Hyper V

    Just like what we get in VMM console

    This dashboard will be helpful in envrinment where there is not VMM in place

    35 votes
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  18. 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.

    250 votes
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    Thanks for the feedback. This is something that has been suggested frequently, and we are hearing you. At this time no decision has been made either way.

  19. 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.

    28 votes
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  20. Please keep same logic for control panel running app wuapp

    I do updates PC / servers so many times that typing ms-config:windowsupdates rather than wuapp is boring, please keep these shortcuts in the Windows + R commands

    5 votes
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