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  1. 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.

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      0 comments  ·  Other  ·  Flag idea as inappropriate…  ·  Admin →
    • Reward user feedback

      It's all wonderful to post ideas here but some sort of rewards would be in order as we help you sell more software with great new features! ;-)

      15 votes
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        0 comments  ·  Misc  ·  Flag idea as inappropriate…  ·  Admin →
      • Add cross-server service dependencies

        If I have an application that needs SQL to be running on another server, it would be great to be able to add a dependency in my services control panel that would prevent that service from being started until it saw SQL running on another server, with an optional startup delay afterward.

        In addition to this, in general, a "startup delay" you can specify in seconds for services would be beneficial. We've had some race conditions in our environment which have meant some services have failed to start due to network adapter/netlogon availabilty, and the options to correct this are…

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          0 comments  ·  Interoperability & Integration  ·  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.

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            0 comments  ·  Licensing, SKU, & Edition  ·  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…

            14 votes
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            • 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.

              14 votes
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                0 comments  ·  Applications & Add-ons  ·  Flag idea as inappropriate…  ·  Admin →
              • Add back support for Edge

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

                14 votes
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                  1 comment  ·  Applications & Add-ons  ·  Flag idea as inappropriate…  ·  Admin →
                • Cleanup font cache files

                  Remove these unnecessary files when user logs off or print job is finished:

                  c:\Windows\ServiceProfiles\LocalService\AppData\Local\~FontCache....dat

                  13 votes
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                    1 comment  ·  Misc  ·  Flag idea as inappropriate…  ·  Admin →
                  • Remove all components not required for a minimal GUI

                    Server Core is great, and I intend to use it more and more, but I'd like for the GUI version to be as stripped down as possible.

                    Yes, Jeffrey, I know we should never use the GUI version except for RDS but reality is reality. People use it and it would benefit everyone if the GUI went on a diet.

                    I don't have any specifics in mind as to what should be removed. I'll leave that up to you all to figure out.

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

                      11 votes
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                      • 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.

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                          0 comments  ·  Other  ·  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

                          10 votes
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                          • Allow KMS to Store Computer Name and Last Activation Date in WID / SSEE

                            Inventory is always a challenge and KMS is a great opportunity to help. Add an option to allow KMS to store computer name and last activation date in WID / SSEE Windows Integrated Database. Update slmgr.vbs to add an option to export a text file from the database. If the KMS protocol transmits other information such as Windows OS version or Microsoft Office version, also store this in the database.

                            Thanks

                            Steven

                            10 votes
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                              0 comments  ·  Licensing, SKU, & Edition  ·  Flag idea as inappropriate…  ·  Admin →
                            • Super Fine application control

                              In Windows 2000 Advanced Server/Datacenter Server, User could set very fine controls for all applications running or applications that will launch at specific time/interval.
                              User could set:
                              Affinity
                              Priority
                              Memory Usage
                              Other fine control settings

                              Newer Windows versions removed this feature called "Process Control app UI", I hope in Windows Server 2016 we can get this functionality back so user can set super fine control for each application / process / filter / directshow filter .. etc

                              Image from Windows 2000 Datacenter Server:
                              http://xi-networks.net/Windows2000Server/Control.png

                              9 votes
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                                1 comment  ·  Applications & Add-ons  ·  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

                                9 votes
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                                  0 comments  ·  Shell, GUI, & Explorer  ·  Flag idea as inappropriate…  ·  Admin →
                                • Enable Roaming Profiles to have START Right Click Context Menu "WinX"

                                  Move "C:\Users\<Username>\AppData\Local\Microsoft\Windows\WinX\" to "C:\Users\<Username>\AppData\Roaming\Microsoft\Windows\WinX\"

                                  Roaming User Profiles constantly lost right click context menu capability on start button. This capability should be improved on Roaming Profiles by now. Currently, we need copy the WinX folder from Default\AppData\Local\Microsoft\Windows\WinX to the user using logon script constantly.

                                  Its time for an improvement on thandling this WinX folder for Roaming Profiles and add a feature on GPO to include or exclude synchronization if needed.

                                  9 votes
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                                    1 comment  ·  Shell, GUI, & Explorer  ·  Flag idea as inappropriate…  ·  Admin →
                                  • 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.

                                    9 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>".

                                      8 votes
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                                      • 8 votes
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                                        • 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.

                                          8 votes
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