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  1. 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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    2 comments  ·  Interoperability & Integration  ·  Flag idea as inappropriate…  ·  Admin →
  2. Add support to multi language server core 2019 when running on containers

    Default servercore:1809 image came with en-US.

    I've described step by step how to reproduce lpksetup.exe error on container, producing crash report logs that I've extracted from container.
    All here: https://github.com/sanguedemonstro/docker-playground/issues/1#issuecomment-453078549

    With extra details here: https://github.com/sanguedemonstro/docker-playground/blob/master/langpack-on-servercore2019.md#why-am-i-playing-around-this-subject

    But I'm not able to understand logs or fix windows base image. And I can't open support ticket once I'm not MS partner.

    So if anyone could help I'm here to support.

    62 votes
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    10 comments  ·  Bug  ·  Flag idea as inappropriate…  ·  Admin →
  3. Support Azure AD domain join for Windows Server 2016

    Microsoft should strongly consider implementing support for Azure AD join in future builds of Windows Server 2016. I how a couple of customers that have nearly finished the transition to all cloud and is left with a couple of servers due to legacy software. They are currently left with the option to deploy Azure AD Domain Services for supporting a couple (2-5) servers.

    58 votes
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    11 comments  ·  Azure  ·  Flag idea as inappropriate…  ·  Admin →
  4. 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.

    55 votes
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    0 comments  ·  Interoperability & Integration  ·  Flag idea as inappropriate…  ·  Admin →
  5. Add basic Linux management to Windows Admin Center

    Windows Admin Center is fantastic but we all manage a mix of Linux and Windows Servers. Add the ability to add Linux Servers, SSH over the browser, and a few basic items would be phenomenal (process list, disk info, file explorer)

    53 votes
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    5 comments  ·  Applications & Add-ons  ·  Flag idea as inappropriate…  ·  Admin →
  6. 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.…

    52 votes
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    7 comments  ·  Bug  ·  Flag idea as inappropriate…  ·  Admin →
  7. 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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    4 comments  ·  Interoperability & Integration  ·  Flag idea as inappropriate…  ·  Admin →
  8. Fix .NET-incompatibility with Essentials Dashboard on Server 2016

    With the latest .Net updates the dashboard is not useable anymore: Warnings can't be ignored or deleted, computers can't be removed...
    Only the progressbar appears, cpu usage rises to 100% and dashboard gets stuck or crashes.

    50 votes
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    14 comments  ·  Bug  ·  Flag idea as inappropriate…  ·  Admin →
  9. 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.

    49 votes
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    3 comments  ·  Configuration  ·  Flag idea as inappropriate…  ·  Admin →
  10. Add Snip & Sketch to Win Server

    Please add the "Snip & Sketch" feature of Windows 10 to Windows Server 2019. We'd love to have this basic feature for our users working with Citrix on Windows Server.

    48 votes
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    7 comments  ·  Applications & Add-ons  ·  Flag idea as inappropriate…  ·  Admin →
  11. Update Essentials 2012 R2 Dashboard to be compatible with current .NET releases

    If any .NET version after 4.5.2 is installed, some dashboard functionality fails (can't remove computer, can't ignore alert) and the dashboard crashes randomly. Removing and blocking .NET 4.6.1, 4.7, and 4.7.1 works around the issue, but that means the server is limited to the 4-year-old .NET 4.5.2. This article has more details:

    https://www.mcbsys.com/blog/2018/02/essentials-2012-r2-dashboard-fails-with-net-4-6-and-4-7/

    48 votes
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    24 comments  ·  Bug  ·  Flag idea as inappropriate…  ·  Admin →
  12. Show file extensions by default

    Show file extension by default on Windows Server. I can understand why the extension is hidden by default on the Desktop OS but for server it should be visible.

    45 votes
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    2 comments  ·  Shell, GUI, & Explorer  ·  Flag idea as inappropriate…  ·  Admin →
  13. Media Streaming Service for Windows Server Essentials 2016

    Need windows media streaming service back for server essentials 2016

    44 votes
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    10 comments  ·  Applications & Add-ons  ·  Flag idea as inappropriate…  ·  Admin →
  14. 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.

    43 votes
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  15. 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)

    39 votes
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  16. 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.

    38 votes
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    1 comment  ·  Licensing, SKU, & Edition  ·  Flag idea as inappropriate…  ·  Admin →
  17. 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??

    38 votes
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  18. 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).

    38 votes
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  19. 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.

    36 votes
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  20. 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.

    36 votes
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