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  1. Stop the "Windows update madness" on WS2016!

    Dear Microsoft Windows Server team. We would like _complete control_ over when we would like our our WS2016 to install windows updates! No more slow / timeconsuming server restarts because of "Getting Windows ready. Do not turn off your computer" messages when we just would like a quick restart of a production server.. No more TiWorker.exe using 100% of a CPU core during "*********" and so on.. And please fix the issues with '2017-08 Update for Windows Server 2016 for x64-based Systems (KB4035631)' asap. Thank you.

    302 votes
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  2. 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.

    247 votes
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    11 comments  ·  Shell, GUI, & Explorer  ·  Flag idea as inappropriate…  ·  Admin →

    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.

  3. Windows Updates shouldn't fail constantly or take hours to complete

    I have a number of 2016 servers. It seems like 99% of them fail when doing automatic updates. I am able to install them manually by going through sconfig and selecting option 6 but it takes FOREVER. During installation, the CPU or Memory isn't maxed out at 100% so I have no idea what is causing it to take forever. All other previous versions of Windows run and install updates just fine in the same VMware environment.

    225 votes
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  4. Nested virtualization for AMD Epyc and Ryzen

    Please support nested virtualization on AMD Epyc and Ryzen processors.

    207 votes
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  5. 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.

    156 votes
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    4 comments  ·  Licensing, SKU, & Edition  ·  Flag idea as inappropriate…  ·  Admin →
  6. 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

    143 votes
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  7. 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.

    142 votes
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  8. 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

    133 votes
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  9. 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.

    113 votes
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  10. Do not remove Essentials Role in Server 2019

    We still need a Windows Version for small customers getting easy connection to Azure and Office 365. So do NOT remove the Essential Role out of Version 2019.

    104 votes
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    21 comments  ·  Licensing, SKU, & Edition  ·  Flag idea as inappropriate…  ·  Admin →
  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,…

    99 votes
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  12. 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.

    95 votes
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  13. Add back support for Edge

    Please add the option to install Microsoft Edge on the server.

    89 votes
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    14 comments  ·  Applications & Add-ons  ·  Flag idea as inappropriate…  ·  Admin →
  14. 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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    77 votes
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  15. 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.

    64 votes
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  16. 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

    62 votes
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  17. 59 votes
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  18. 57 votes
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  19. 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

    51 votes
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  20. Add native Let's Encrypt ACME client support to Windows Server and IIS

    Add native ACME Client v2 to Windows Server and IIS include auto renewal feature.

    50 votes
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