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  1. 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…

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      2 comments  ·  Shell, GUI, & Explorer  ·  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.

      17 votes
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        3 comments  ·  Shell, GUI, & Explorer  ·  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 →
        • 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.

          16 votes
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            2 comments  ·  Azure  ·  Flag idea as inappropriate…  ·  Admin →
          • Remote Server Administration Tools for Windows 10 (RSAT) fr-CA

            I live in Québec in Canada and we would love to install the RSAT tool with our regional parameter but it is not available actually.

            We need to install a language pack to successfully install it

            Can you release a version of the RSAT tool for fr-CA ?

            16 votes
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              1 comment  ·  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! ;-)

              16 votes
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                0 comments  ·  Misc  ·  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

                15 votes
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                  1 comment  ·  Misc  ·  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.

                  14 votes
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                    0 comments  ·  Applications & Add-ons  ·  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 →
                    • 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 →
                      • 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…

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                          1 comment  ·  Misc  ·  Flag idea as inappropriate…  ·  Admin →
                        • Update ADMT to officially support Windows Server 2016 & Recent SQL version

                          Hi! There is currently no official support for Windows Server 2016 to run ADMT. It remains an important tool and I'm sure many will appreciate not needing to install older versions of Windows to migrate between AD's.

                          12 votes
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                            0 comments  ·  Interoperability & Integration  ·  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…

                            12 votes
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                              1 comment  ·  Bug  ·  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!!

                              12 votes
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                                1 comment  ·  Shell, GUI, & Explorer  ·  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.

                                12 votes
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                                  1 comment  ·  Applications & Add-ons  ·  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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                                  • 11 votes
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                                      0 comments  ·  Configuration  ·  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 →
                                      • 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.

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                                          1 comment  ·  Shell, GUI, & Explorer  ·  Flag idea as inappropriate…  ·  Admin →
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