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  1. 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!!

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      0 comments  ·  Shell, GUI, & Explorer  ·  Flag idea as inappropriate…  ·  Admin →
    • baked in integration with azure/Office 365

      The ability to move hyperv workloads or replicate AD objects to azure directly from the GUI without additional tools

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        0 comments  ·  Azure  ·  Flag idea as inappropriate…  ·  Admin →
      • Bitlocker MFA unlock

        This days MFA is getting more and more popular so I was wondering why not add new feature to Windows family so when server boots Bitlocker could be unlocked not by network but by MFA
        What do you think would this be even possible ?

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

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              0 comments  ·  Configuration  ·  Flag idea as inappropriate…  ·  Admin →
            • Print Spooler Isolation

              Ever since Windows server 2012 we have had printer driver isolation, but there is a need for print spooler isolation. This would allow for an individual spooler for a printer to be stopped and the jobs deleted without affecting all other printers on the print server. This could be done in a method where the main print spooler service spawns child instances for each print and then through an api you would be able to stop and start these child instances.

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                0 comments  ·  Applications & Add-ons  ·  Flag idea as inappropriate…  ·  Admin →
              • 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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                  0 comments  ·  Shell, GUI, & Explorer  ·  Flag idea as inappropriate…  ·  Admin →
                • Edge and Flash on Server 2016 Removal

                  why?? will these be removable features when it goes RTM?

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                    3 comments  ·  Applications & Add-ons  ·  Flag idea as inappropriate…  ·  Admin →
                  • "On-Premesis" CRL distribution

                    Create a capability to have on-premises copies of CRLs, that machines can be redirected to via Group Policy.

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                      0 comments  ·  Misc  ·  Flag idea as inappropriate…  ·  Admin →
                    • Make Storage Replica available for Standard Edition

                      Storage Replica is a really useful feature, and Windows Admins and their companies would benefit if it's available in Standard Edition as well. The mean time to restore service could be improved massively, and Microsoft would be a big part in it.
                      Storage Replica is not a Hosting Provider only feature!

                      4 votes
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                        0 comments  ·  Licensing, SKU, & Edition  ·  Flag idea as inappropriate…  ·  Admin →
                      • Ink And Handwriting Services

                        Noticed that in Windows Server 2016 TP5 with latest cumulative update (KB3158987) Ink And Handwriting Services feature is missing:
                        Get-WindowsFeature | Where-Object {$_.Name -like '*ink*'}
                        returns no results... Looking at the files on the disk drive (C:\Program Files\Common Files\microsoft shared\ink) it seem that feature is actually installed. Some applications which relay on this feature fail during installation/instantiation since they determine feature is not installed. There was not mention in the release notes of the TP4 and TP5 in which this feature is no longer present (it was still present in TP3). Please fix this or suggest a workaround.

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                          5 comments  ·  Applications & Add-ons  ·  Flag idea as inappropriate…  ·  Admin →
                        • Problems with March 2017 Security Rollup

                          The moderator from the server forum suggested I post here (please see https://social.technet.microsoft.com/Forums/windowsserver/en-US/a894761b-963e-4e4a-a309-d28999209448/march-2017-security-updates-breaks-ntlm-authentication-of-samba-shares-over-netbios?forum=winserversecurity).

                          We had a production down weekend after installing Microsoft's security March 2017 rollup. This question is to help us understand what was included in the March rollup that broke production in order that we can properly document the workaround.

                          Scenario:

                          1. Windows 2008 R2 domain controllers.
                          2. March 2017 security rollup applied.
                          3. SAMBA shares hosted on AIX using NTLM authentication stopped working, giving access denied (client message)
                          Error on AIX host is: "FAILED with error NT_STATUS_NO_LOGON_SERVERS"
                          Error on AIX host is: "SPNEGO login failed: NT_STATUS_IO_TIMEOUT" …

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                            0 comments  ·  Interoperability & Integration  ·  Flag idea as inappropriate…  ·  Admin →
                          • Setting to set any program to run statically

                            Set any program to run in the background on startup and such

                            4 votes
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                              2 comments  ·  Applications & Add-ons  ·  Flag idea as inappropriate…  ·  Admin →
                            • update the default logo on Windows Server 2016 Essentials "mobile" browser to display Windows Server, rather than Windows Server 2012 R2.

                              i noticed when browsing to windows server 2016 essentials on my smartphone, the default logo displays "Windows Server 2012 R2", while the same page on my PC shows "Windows Server". perhaps the image needs to be updated for the mobile platform to match the desktop platform.

                              4 votes
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                                0 comments  ·  Other  ·  Flag idea as inappropriate…  ·  Admin →
                              • Different colors in files

                                Different Colors for various files in a folder to have a better overview of your files and documents.
                                If you create a folder, in which you want to highlight several files, it would be an enormous help to be able to mark your files in various colors, so you can find them easier and have a better time organizing your documents

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                                  2 comments  ·  Shell, GUI, & Explorer  ·  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.

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                                    0 comments  ·  Applications & Add-ons  ·  Flag idea as inappropriate…  ·  Admin →
                                  • How do I send appreciate to Microsoft for this site?

                                    How do I send appreciate for this site? This is a great service. Id like to show my appreciation.

                                    - Is it possible to throw some like buttons on responses? P
                                    - Perhaps social integration to share certain issues?

                                    4 votes
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                                      0 comments  ·  Misc  ·  Flag idea as inappropriate…  ·  Admin →
                                    • Please keep same logic for control panel running app wuapp

                                      I do updates PC / servers so many times that typing ms-config:windowsupdates rather than wuapp is boring, please keep these shortcuts in the Windows + R commands

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                                        1 comment  ·  Shell, GUI, & Explorer  ·  Flag idea as inappropriate…  ·  Admin →
                                      • Hybrid Search of File Server with Office 365.

                                        I want to search files on on-pre file servers by Office 365 Search without SharePoint Server.

                                        Office 365 Hybrid Search with SharePoint Server 2016 can search files in on-pre file servers.
                                        I want Office 365 Hybrid Search with Windows Search.

                                        4 votes
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                                          0 comments  ·  Misc  ·  Flag idea as inappropriate…  ·  Admin →
                                        • configure the winrm client without starting the winrm server

                                          When trying to user psremoting you have to add a trusted host to your client's trusted hosts. This is fine and we normally default to '*' for developer machines that need to talk to prod and other infra. The problem is that this also requires the developer machine to start the winrm service which 'allows the computer to recieve Windows Powershell remote commands that are sent using the WS-Management technology'. I get pushback from devs who don't want to run this server service and see it as an unecessary security risk. We typically don't need CredSSP or have issues with…

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                                            2 comments  ·  Configuration  ·  Flag idea as inappropriate…  ·  Admin →
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