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  1. 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…

    8 votes

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  2. Add feedback option like in Windows 10

    Windows 10 now has a "send feedback" option; please add this to all versions of Windows currently supported.

    1 vote

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  3. Extend Features on Demand for Server Core

    Currently FOD for Server Core in Windows Server 2019 does not include a Services Snapin for MMC. Also missing: Task Scheduler, Hyper-V, etc. I know this is beeing worked on for Windows Server 1903.

    But those Admins that run the LTSC version of Windows Server won't get these additional consoles.

    Please consider a backport to Windows Server 2019 LTSC:

    Thanks

    1 vote

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  4. Failover Cluster Manager reports wrong role status count on open

    Windows Server 2016 Failover Cluster Manager when opening for the first time reports the wrong amount of active roles. I have a 4 node cluster with 170+ VMs and the count is always different and lower the first time I open FCM. when I click refresh it corrects itself.

    1 vote

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  5. "Tear strips" for temporary notepad

    iI find Microsoft documentation about how to do something relating to W10 of other Microsoft products. It would be helpfl to be able to save the Microsoft instructions into a managaboe note which I could then position on the screen whil I wa trying to do the commands documented in the not so portable documention. Right now i print this stuff out - but that is a ess especially when I am doing the setup for use on severa machines or merely I am forgetful.

    1 vote

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  6. Remove GUI on all server editions completely.

    We need leaner, faster, more secure servers.

    3 votes

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  7. 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.

    2 votes

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  8. NSLookup add support for URI dns entries

    NSLookup add support for URI dns entry schemes

    1 vote

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  9. NSLookup add support for URI dns entries

    NSLookup add support for URI dns entry schemes

    1 vote

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  10. get hackers out

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

    1 vote

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  12. 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…

    35 votes

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  13. Dark Theme for Group Policy Management Editor

    Include an option for a Dark theme view in the Group Policy Management Editor.

    9 votes

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  14. 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

    181 votes

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  15. 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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  16. 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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  17. 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

    73 votes

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  18. 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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  19. 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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  20. 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…

    10 votes

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