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  1. 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.

    215 votes
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      11 comments  ·  Shell, GUI, & Explorer  ·  Flag idea as inappropriate…  ·  Admin →
    • Give KMS an easy to use GUI and make it a no brainer to setup and maintain.

      KMS is annoying and provides no value to the customer, only to Microsoft. It should be made drop dead easy and flawless so admins have to spend virtually no time on it both for installing and maintaining it.

      114 votes
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        3 comments  ·  Licensing, SKU, & Edition  ·  Flag idea as inappropriate…  ·  Admin →
      • Keep the licensing model of Windows Server 2016 as in 2012

        The WS2012 licensing model with absolutely the same features in Standard and Datacenter Editions was the greatest thing. Virtualization rights was the only thing to think about - no headache about what is supported in which edition, what I should install, will it work etc. Please keep it like this in Windows Server 2016.

        102 votes
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          2 comments  ·  Licensing, SKU, & Edition  ·  Flag idea as inappropriate…  ·  Admin →
        • 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

          98 votes
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            4 comments  ·  Shell, GUI, & Explorer  ·  Flag idea as inappropriate…  ·  Admin →
          • Remove Xbox Live related services from Server 2016

            IMHO "Xbox Live Game Save" service left in a product aimed for corporate use is a bit embarrassing.

            62 votes
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              5 comments  ·  Misc  ·  Flag idea as inappropriate…  ·  Admin →
            • Change PC Name without restart

              It is one of the most critical problem of Windows. Is not easy, I know this, but change the PC Name without force the restart could be one for the most important thing.

              Requirements:

              - Cannot be DC
              - Cannot be Exchange Server or SQL Server

              Scenarios where this feature could be interesting:

              - Change naming convention of same machines
              - File Server
              - IIS
              - RDS
              - Hyper-V

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              59 votes
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                2 comments  ·  Configuration  ·  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,…

                58 votes
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                  8 comments  ·  Shell, GUI, & Explorer  ·  Flag idea as inappropriate…  ·  Admin →
                • Add locales that use UTF8 (Code Page 65001) by default

                  Most modern Unix-based OSes make UTF-8 the default character encoding.
                  Considering OpenSSH ( http://blogs.msdn.com/b/powershell/archive/2015/10/19/openssh-for-windows-update.aspx ), Now is the time for Windows to support UTF8-native locales. we need system-wide and reboot-trelant way.

                  52 votes
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                    2 comments  ·  Interoperability & Integration  ·  Flag idea as inappropriate…  ·  Admin →
                  • Urgently need WSE-2106 Media pack to stream video/movies for home use

                    Urgently need WSE-2106 Media pack to stream video/movies for home use

                    42 votes
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                      3 comments  ·  Interoperability & Integration  ·  Flag idea as inappropriate…  ·  Admin →
                    • SD boot

                      SD is becoming a common feature on many servers. I understand that Microsoft, via an OEM, will support booting Hyper-V Server from USB. SD is a low-cost option for deploying servers that would get all their storage from SAN or SMB, but Microsoft needs to support (not OEMs) Windows Server booting from SD.

                      39 votes
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                        3 comments  ·  Configuration  ·  Flag idea as inappropriate…  ·  Admin →
                      • Decouple Windows Media Stack from Desktop Experience

                        Some Products requiere Windows Media Services as a prerequisite for Installation (for example Exchange Server). Currently you have to install Dekstop Expirience to get these Services.

                        The downside of this is, that Applications which require these services are automatically required to run with a GUI (no server core support because of Desktop experience prerequisites)

                        35 votes
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                          1 comment  ·  Applications & Add-ons  ·  Flag idea as inappropriate…  ·  Admin →
                        • System cCnter Unified agent, as instalable Windows Server feature..

                          Unify All the System Center Agents (virtual machine manager, SCOM, etc) in one solution (for example: SC unified Agent) .Integrate the System Center Agent as a Windows Server Feature (like .Net, BITS and the like).

                          34 votes
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                            6 comments  ·  Applications & Add-ons  ·  Flag idea as inappropriate…  ·  Admin →
                          • XBox, Mobile, Phone, Contacts, Maps, Geolocation, Camera, Radios, Onedrive Services in Windows Server 2016

                            This services makes Windows Server 2016 a toy, not a professional or enterprise product:

                            Xbox Live Authencation
                            Xbox Live Saved Games
                            Xbox Live Networking
                            Onedrive
                            Phone
                            Contacts
                            Maps
                            Mobile devices
                            Geolocation
                            Camera,
                            Radios (Phone,Airplane mode)
                            Wallet services.

                            32 votes
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                              3 comments  ·  Applications & Add-ons  ·  Flag idea as inappropriate…  ·  Admin →
                            • We need a new TechNet forum named Windows Server 2016 Essentials

                              Please create a new TechNet forum named Windows Server 2016 Essentials to align with new product released.

                              30 votes
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                                7 comments  ·  Misc  ·  Flag idea as inappropriate…  ·  Admin →
                              • Disable Hardware Offloads By Default

                                The vast majority of issues I encounter in the Hyper-V community, are related to hardware offloads such as VMQ and ODX. Microsoft is relying on drivers and firmwares that OEMs are either releasing with incorrect default configurations (VMQ enabled on 1 GbE NICs) or buggy releases (ODX corrupting VHD/X files). And to be honest, I'm thinking of getting business cards printed with "turn off VMQ" and "turn off ODX" on them.

                                The customers blame Microsoft because "Hyper-V is buggy". It's time to shift the blame on OEMs and to stop giving us the tired line of "we're working with OEMs".…

                                29 votes
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                                  2 comments  ·  Other  ·  Flag idea as inappropriate…  ·  Admin →
                                • Dedupe on ReFS and Hyper-V non-VDI scenarioes...

                                  Please please please add support for Dedupe on ReFS volumes! If you want us to start using the new filesystem then you really should implement Dedupe as well. Also support for Dedupe on other than VDI loads would really be nice. It works very well, so why not??

                                  27 votes
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                                    2 comments  ·  Other  ·  Flag idea as inappropriate…  ·  Admin →
                                  • 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

                                    27 votes
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                                      3 comments  ·  Shell, GUI, & Explorer  ·  Flag idea as inappropriate…  ·  Admin →
                                    • 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

                                      23 votes
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                                        3 comments  ·  Shell, GUI, & Explorer  ·  Flag idea as inappropriate…  ·  Admin →
                                      • Please add install GUI option and provide all powershell options as GUI selectables

                                        During the installation please allow GUI as an option. Also please include most if not all hidden powershell commands as GUI options. It doesn't have to be pretty, but being able to check some boxes with advanced options instead of having to learn all the powershell commands each time would save time (example would be Storage Pools).

                                        22 votes
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                                          3 comments  ·  Shell, GUI, & Explorer  ·  Flag idea as inappropriate…  ·  Admin →
                                        • 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

                                          19 votes
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