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  1. 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.

    35 votes
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      7 comments  ·  Misc  ·  Flag idea as inappropriate…  ·  Admin →
    • Dedicated Event Log for Windows Firewall Activity (pfirewall.log in the event logs)

      A dedicated Windows Event log for Windows Firewall activity - like pfirewall.log provides - would make centralized logging and reporting much easier and lead to greater adoption of the built in firewall. IPSec logging to the security Event Log is not a robust answer, as it causes too much log churn for most enterprises.

      34 votes
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        1 comment  ·  Other  ·  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".…

        32 votes
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          2 comments  ·  Other  ·  Flag idea as inappropriate…  ·  Admin →
        • Storage spaces direct in Windows Server Standard

          S2D is an awsome technology for small Business to create small Cluster environment without expensive SAN or NAS boxes. The datacenter licensing requirement absolutely kills the usecase for small deployments.

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

            27 votes
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              0 comments  ·  Shell, GUI, & Explorer  ·  Flag idea as inappropriate…  ·  Admin →
            • Windows Defender Automatic update

              Give us the option to allow Windows Defender on Windows Server 2016 to update automatically.
              Why would anyone want to wait for a maintenance window to install windows defender updates via windows update?

              If I turn on automatically install updates everything would be installed including definition updates but the server might reboot because of system and security updates.

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

                Following this discussion:
                https://social.technet.microsoft.com/Forums/windowsserver/en-US/c5f2786c-ffac-4f14-b7a9-00612cdf784e/server-2016-vm-hangs-shutting-downrestarting-when-the-pagefile-is-on-a-different-vhdx?forum=winserverhyperv

                The core problem is the following, for example (simple config), for Exchange or SQL servers in a HYPER-V VM under Windows 2016:

                systemdrive for windows system (and sql, exchange core),
                datadrive for mbx data or sql-databases
                datadrive for log file
                drive for pagefile

                We create for all this drive a separat VHDX file and add this to the VM as SCSI drive.

                The drive for pagefile (fast SSD, NVMe or other) is exclusiv for the pagefile reserved. No other data on it. The drive for pagefile is the only drive with a pagefile for this vm.…

                26 votes
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                  2 comments  ·  Bug  ·  Flag idea as inappropriate…  ·  Admin →
                • Nested virtualization for AMD Epyc and Ryzen

                  Please support nested virtualization on AMD Epyc and Ryzen processors.

                  26 votes
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                    5 comments  ·  Misc  ·  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

                    26 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).

                      26 votes
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                        3 comments  ·  Shell, GUI, & Explorer  ·  Flag idea as inappropriate…  ·  Admin →
                      • Disable logon screen background image by default

                        On Windows Server 2016 Eval (with Desktop Experience), the background image of logon screen is enabled by default.

                        I feel it would be better to disable by default than to enable.I think such a feature is not needed on the server product and it's better to be simple and to minimize resources for non-service.

                        24 votes
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                          0 comments  ·  Other  ·  Flag idea as inappropriate…  ·  Admin →
                        • 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.

                          23 votes
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                            3 comments  ·  Shell, GUI, & Explorer  ·  Flag idea as inappropriate…  ·  Admin →
                          • Windows Server 2016: The message "Windows 10 Creators Update is on its way" has displayed

                            When I tried to update my Windows Server 2016 from Settings menu, The message "Good news! The Windows 10 Creators Update is on its way. Want to be one of the first to get it?" has shown.
                            Even though WS2016 and Win10 is different OS.

                            22 votes
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                              2 comments  ·  Bug  ·  Flag idea as inappropriate…  ·  Admin →
                            • Bug : Task Scheduler Repeat Calendar Trigger

                              Scheduled tasks on Windows Server 2016, with a Repeat Calendar Trigger, do not appear to start after restarting the server.
                              The date of departure being exceeded there is no more triggering. The date of the next trigger is correct but nothing happens.
                              The manual trigger works correctly.
                              To reactivate trigger it is necessary to set a later date on the current date.

                              22 votes
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                                6 comments  ·  Bug  ·  Flag idea as inappropriate…  ·  Admin →
                              • Change Your Thinking

                                I recently downloaded Server 2016 from my VL portal, got it installed/configured for testing, and I just thought I would share my discontent with the product (or unimpressed is likely a better wording). This does not require any input from anyone, or have any questions that need to be answered.

                                I dislike that they removed the ability to convert from GUI to Core, or Core to GUI. That was a great feature! Sorry I am not a PowerShell guru, but these feature allowed me to be flexible. Add this back in! I read your reasoning online. Find a way to…

                                22 votes
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                                • Include support for Group Managed Service Accounts in Task Scheduler GUI

                                  The GUI does not accept entering a gMSA as user for a scheduled task. This can only be done from PowerShell, and after doing that it is not possible to edit the task from GUI.

                                  I would love to see gMSA support in the scheduled tasks GUI.

                                  22 votes
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                                  • 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.

                                    22 votes
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                                    • WSUS on Win2012: Fix issue that causes Windows Server 2016 clients OS to be listed as "Windows (Version 10)"

                                      When using WSUS on Windows 2012 (WSUS 4.x), the WSUS console incorrectly lists Windows Server 2016 clients with Operating System "Windows (Version 10)". This is confusing to customers, and causes them concerns related to reporting, as well as the ability to update Win2016 clients with WSUS on Windows 2012.

                                      This issue does not occur with WSUS on Windows 2016, where Windows Server 2016 clients are listed with Operating System as "Windows Server 2016 <edition>".

                                      21 votes
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                                        2 comments  ·  Bug  ·  Flag idea as inappropriate…  ·  Admin →
                                      • RDP / Terminalserver: Allow Drag & Drop. Finally.

                                        You know, Drag & Drop is a useful feature.
                                        It's annoyoing, that RDP does not support Drag & Drop from / to the remote session.

                                        20 votes
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                                          2 comments  ·  Applications & Add-ons  ·  Flag idea as inappropriate…  ·  Admin →
                                        • GPO to change Windows 2016 settings menu on RDS

                                          Hi,

                                          I have a new Windows 2016 RDS farm.
                                          Is there a possibility to adjust the Windows settings menu?
                                          For example, remove “Update and Security” or “Network and Internet” ….
                                          One problem is that a "normal" user can open the settings menu, install Windows updates and then restart the server. Restart a RDS server????

                                          The only possibility GPO is “Remove access to use all Windows Update feature” but this is a computer policy. When I configure this policy, also admin users have no more access to install updates.

                                          Thanks
                                          Michael

                                          20 votes
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