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  1. Make Storage Replica available for Standard Edition

    Storage Replica is a really useful feature, and Windows Admins and their companies would benefit if it's available in Standard Edition as well. The mean time to restore service could be improved massively, and Microsoft would be a big part in it.
    Storage Replica is not a Hosting Provider only feature!

    8 votes
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    0 comments  ·  Licensing, SKU, & Edition  ·  Flag idea as inappropriate…  ·  Admin →
  2. to consider fighting poor video performance on RDSH

    From what I've seen watching videos on RDSH has always been a huge problem. The video stucks, there are artifacts, and very few frames per second. I'm talking about YouTube videos (HTML5 / Flash Player) or third-party-players like VLC Media Player.
    It would be great if you could investigate here so watching YouTube videos etc. will be possible on RDSH in the future! I known it is impossible to use graphics intensive applications on RDSH, but why are videos so slow?
    I think many users would be glad if they could watch videos in RDSH sessions, this might become a…

    8 votes
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  3. 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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  4. Run group policy update silently when run from Group Policy Management

    On Server 2012 when running Group Policy Update from within the Group Policy Management Console the update runs interactive on the targeted systems. This makes the feature pretty much obsolete as you can't run a group policy update in real time urgently if it means the perception of interfering with end users.

    18 votes
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  5. Two-click sign-out

    Bring back a quick two-click "sign-out" path.

    In W2016 TP5 signing out requires, Right-click - Click - Click

    I prefer my RDS users signing-out rather than disconnecting. It makes system maintenance and software upgrades easier.

    4 votes
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  6. Disable Windows Store for regular users.

    Regular users are allowed to install Apps. This shouldn't be allowed on server . Any GPO I tried on W2016 TP5 had no effect.

    Also, I don't understand why an "Application" would not be a "software" and why there is a need for "Application Control Policies" GPO beside "Software Restriction Policies" GPO.

    15 votes
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  7. Wifi crashes explorer in TP5

    When you click on the wireless network that you want to use, your previously entered Wifi password WPA key is not remembered and needs to be entered every time you reboot. That's not all, however after I click enter after typing in my password, the network settings window crashes and creates dump file everytime, Explorer is the application that crashes after entering my Wifi password.

    2 votes
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  8. Bug: TP5: Notepad.exe often crashes when closing text files

    Repro 1:
    1) browse around the file system or any zip files, double click on any .txt files you find to read them.
    2) Click 'X' in the top right of notepad to close out of notepad.

    Repro 2:
    1) open explorer and click on "Documents" in the treeview to show your documents (and a folder you should definitely have permissions to).
    2) In the area showing your folders and files, right click and choose to create a new text document. (I named it test.txt)
    3) Double click the new text file and add some text. (I wrote "hello")
    4)…

    3 votes
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  9. Windows Server Start Menu at least like Windows 7 Start Menú and old classic start menu.

    Please, no more mobile UI and flat and ugly design like Windows 10.

    4 votes
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    4 comments  ·  Shell, GUI, & Explorer  ·  Flag idea as inappropriate…  ·  Admin →
  10. Bug: Task Scheduler CalendarTrigger Repetition not working in Server 2016TP5

    Scheduled tasks on the current TP5 of Windows Server 2016, which have a CalendarTrigger with repetition configured, don't seem to trigger and cannot be started manually.
    The same trigger without repetition (e.g. after unchecking the "Repeat task every:" checkbox in taskschd.msc) works correctly.
    A TimeTrigger with the same repetition configuration works, too.
    taskschd.msc calculates and displays the next runtime correctly.

    When I try to start such a task manually in taskschd.msc, a message box appears (running any other task works):
    de-DE: "Der Aufgabenplanungsdienst ist nicht verfügbar. Die Aufgabenplanung wird erneut versuchen, eine Verbindung herzustellen."
    en-US: "Task Scheduler service is not…

    14 votes
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  11. 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,…

    105 votes
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    16 comments  ·  Shell, GUI, & Explorer  ·  Flag idea as inappropriate…  ·  Admin →
  12. Gathering feedback from the field (WaaS - Branches, Apps)

    Hi together,

    all my previous customers asked me how to gather feedback internally from the field when moving to Windows 10 with the WaaS model.

    Microsoft (we) should provide a tool where end users can send feedback internally regarding to the current branches. Here it should be possible to divide this feedback into 2 parts - OS feedback and Application feedback. Also a LOB-App-List should be possible to attach. So the end user in the field chooses between OS or App, which are predefined and provides feedback in a traffic light style with standardized error values e.g. not working, performance…

    3 votes
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  13. Ink And Handwriting Services

    Noticed that in Windows Server 2016 TP5 with latest cumulative update (KB3158987) Ink And Handwriting Services feature is missing:
    Get-WindowsFeature | Where-Object {$_.Name -like 'ink'}
    returns no results... Looking at the files on the disk drive (C:\Program Files\Common Files\microsoft shared\ink) it seem that feature is actually installed. Some applications which relay on this feature fail during installation/instantiation since they determine feature is not installed. There was not mention in the release notes of the TP4 and TP5 in which this feature is no longer present (it was still present in TP3). Please fix this or suggest a workaround.

    8 votes
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  14. 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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  15. Different colors in files

    Different Colors for various files in a folder to have a better overview of your files and documents.
    If you create a folder, in which you want to highlight several files, it would be an enormous help to be able to mark your files in various colors, so you can find them easier and have a better time organizing your documents

    5 votes
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  16. Hybrid Search of File Server with Office 365.

    I want to search files on on-pre file servers by Office 365 Search without SharePoint Server.

    Office 365 Hybrid Search with SharePoint Server 2016 can search files in on-pre file servers.
    I want Office 365 Hybrid Search with Windows Search.

    5 votes
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  17. How do I send appreciate to Microsoft for this site?

    How do I send appreciate for this site? This is a great service. Id like to show my appreciation.


    • Is it possible to throw some like buttons on responses? P

    • Perhaps social integration to share certain issues?

    4 votes
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  18. NTFS security like , user can read write and modifies the files and folders, sub folders but can not delete any of them.

    NTFS security like , user can read write and modifies the files and folders, sub folders but can not delete any of them.

    2 votes
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  19. 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

    135 votes
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  20. 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

    34 votes
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