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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.

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      3 comments  ·  Configuration  ·  Flag idea as inappropriate…  ·  Admin →
    • Manage Settings (New Control Panel) for RDSH Servers

      I am working on a new lockdown group policy that will be used for our future Windows 2016 XenApp servers.

      As this will be used for a lot of users, certain things will need to be locked down. For example the Settings need to be locked down in the same way as it possible with Control Panel.

      I want to be able to manage what settings is visible in Settings with GPO.

      We cannot allow users on a shared RDSH server to install windows update, add VPN connection, check what application is installed etc etc.
      With Control Panel it was…

      14 votes
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        2 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.

        13 votes
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          3 comments  ·  Flag idea as inappropriate…  ·  Admin →
        • 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 →
          • More flexibility in Windows Server Backup Scheduling

            Current daily only (or more frequent) schedules in Server Backup mean that this does not work well on larger servers where the maintenance mode initiated for large (TB) volumes can mean backup running almost continuously. If Server Backup could have ability to run backups less frequently and with multiple schedules without having to manually configure this as command-line jobs through Task Scheduler (i.e. every Tue @ 3am backup system volumes, daily backup fast moving data volumes, every week or even two weekly backup of slow moving TB volumes, etc.), this would make the built in capabilities much more applicable in…

            12 votes
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              1 comment  ·  Misc  ·  Flag idea as inappropriate…  ·  Admin →
            • 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

              11 votes
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                0 comments  ·  Licensing, SKU, & Edition  ·  Flag idea as inappropriate…  ·  Admin →
              • Scheduled Tasks do not store domain information of runas account

                If you create a scheduled task in Server 2016, the domain information of the user is not saved or stored.
                Getting the principal with powershell or exporting the task as xml does not show the domain information either.

                11 votes
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                  2 comments  ·  Bug  ·  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.

                  11 votes
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                    1 comment  ·  Shell, GUI, & Explorer  ·  Flag idea as inappropriate…  ·  Admin →
                  • 11 votes
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                      0 comments  ·  Configuration  ·  Flag idea as inappropriate…  ·  Admin →
                    • If Windows Server 2016 support "windows hello" feature?

                      If Windows Server 2016 TP5 support "windows hello" feature? any declare or blog?

                      I installed windows server 2016 (14393), and then I can't use "windows hello" in settings.

                      this feature worked in windows 10.

                      10 votes
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                        1 comment  ·  Applications & Add-ons  ·  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

                        10 votes
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                          1 comment  ·  Applications & Add-ons  ·  Flag idea as inappropriate…  ·  Admin →
                        • 10 votes
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                            3 comments  ·  Licensing, SKU, & Edition  ·  Flag idea as inappropriate…  ·  Admin →
                          • Include a MODERN web browser e.g. LTSB Edge browser rather than outdated, unsupported IE11.

                            It's kind of lame to promote Win2k16 RDSH then not include a modern web browser. Make an LTSB Edge browser, it can't be THAT difficult.

                            10 votes
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                              0 comments  ·  Applications & Add-ons  ·  Flag idea as inappropriate…  ·  Admin →
                            • Server Core allow background image / bginfo

                              Customers want to embrace Server core, however the learning curve can be steep for their internal teams.

                              Idea: Allowing background images to be set. This would enable scenarios like using BG info for quick system status , or images with instructions like "press ctrl alt delete if you have closed the last console window". This can be very beneficial for improving the learning curve!!

                              9 votes
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                              • 9 votes
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                                  0 comments  ·  Shell, GUI, & Explorer  ·  Flag idea as inappropriate…  ·  Admin →
                                • Control Panel> System and Security> Windows Update

                                  Control Panel> System and Security> Windows Update Gone?

                                  Who are you helping when you remove windows update from the control panel completely... makes no sense.

                                  9 votes
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                                    0 comments  ·  Shell, GUI, & Explorer  ·  Flag idea as inappropriate…  ·  Admin →
                                  • Get-WindowsCapability Windows 10 Enterprise 1709

                                    If have some issues with Dism after a new Installation with Windows 10 1709 and Upgrade from Windows 1703 to 1709.

                                    Get-WindowsCapability : Error "Get-WindowsCapability". Errorcode: 0x800f0954
                                    Line:1 Zeichen:1
                                    + Get-WindowsCapability -online
                                    + ~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~
                                    + CategoryInfo : NotSpecified: (:) [Get-WindowsCapability], COMException
                                    + FullyQualifiedErrorId : Microsoft.Dism.Commands.GetWindowsCapabilityCommand

                                    Some Lines from Dism Logfile:

                                    DISM OS Provider: PID=7180 TID=6088 Unable to set the DLL search path to the servicing stack folder. C:\Windows may not point to a valid Windows folder. - CDISMOSServiceManager::Final_OnConnect

                                    DISM Provider Store: PID=7180 TID=6088 Failed to load the provider: C:\Users\ADMIN~1.TES\AppData\Local\Temp\38977CD8-C67C-463B-8721-E72E5E46A990\PEProvider.dll. - CDISMProviderStore::Internal_GetProvider(hr:0x8007007e)

                                    DISM Provider Store: PID=7180 TID=6088 Failed to get and…

                                    8 votes
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                                      1 comment  ·  Bug  ·  Flag idea as inappropriate…  ·  Admin →
                                    • Access to Windows10 UAP APIs

                                      The promise of the new Windows10 Universal Apps is that they will run anywhere. That should include the server and Azure. I'd like to write my core libraries so that the code can be used on phones, tablets, PCs, Consoles and in the cloud.

                                      I especially want access to the MediaComposition and Win2D libraries for rendering my animations to video which I can then send to Azure Media Services for transcoding.

                                      8 votes
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                                        1 comment  ·  API  ·  Flag idea as inappropriate…  ·  Admin →
                                      • to consider fighting poor video performance on RDSH

                                        From what I've seen watching videos on RDSH has always been a huge problem. The video stucks, there are artifacts, and very few frames per second. I'm talking about YouTube videos (HTML5 / Flash Player) or third-party-players like VLC Media Player.
                                        It would be great if you could investigate here so watching YouTube videos etc. will be possible on RDSH in the future! I known it is impossible to use graphics intensive applications on RDSH, but why are videos so slow?
                                        I think many users would be glad if they could watch videos in RDSH sessions, this might become a…

                                        8 votes
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                                        • Set task manager to show total network percent of total capacity

                                          I love Win Server 2012 R2 but HATE the sliding scale for network utilization. Every time I want only % of total bandwidth. If I have a 1GBit connection or a 10Gbit - I want to know if I'm using 1% of it or 15% or whatever. I don't know anyone with a 7.48gbit nic so the math isn't hard. The sliding scale is what I consider good for sleazy sales and marketing departments. PLEASE give us an OPTION to have your autoscale network throughput and a useful percent of total throughput like it had before.

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