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  1. 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.

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

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          1 comment  ·  Applications & Add-ons  ·  Flag idea as inappropriate…  ·  Admin →
        • RSAT for Mac

          I currently use a Windows 10 VM with Remote Server Administration Tools to manage our servers (about 3 years running now). Would be super sweet if you put together a version that runs natively on Mac. Super sweet.

          9 votes
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            2 comments  ·  Applications & Add-ons  ·  Flag idea as inappropriate…  ·  Admin →
          • Windows Server 2016 Essentials Connector broken on Windows 10 1803

            After upgrading a machine to Windows 10 1803 (build 17115) the Essentials Connector no longer connects to the server, does not run any of the apps and deinstallation/reinstallation including fresh install clearing down registry and ProgramData does not fix it. This will block upgrading my estate to Windows 10 1803 if not fixed urgently. Have also reported back through Feedback App on Windows 10.

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              2 comments  ·  Interoperability & Integration  ·  Flag idea as inappropriate…  ·  Admin →
            • 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/

              9 votes
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                4 comments  ·  Bug  ·  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 →
                • 9 votes
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                    0 comments  ·  Shell, GUI, & Explorer  ·  Flag idea as inappropriate…  ·  Admin →
                  • 8 votes
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                      0 comments  ·  Misc  ·  Flag idea as inappropriate…  ·  Admin →
                    • Add option to enable Store on Windows Server

                      Add an option to add the Store to Windows Server (for GUI installations)

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                        0 comments  ·  Applications & Add-ons  ·  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…

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                          2 comments  ·  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 →
                          • notepad should support files without carriage returns

                            It would be very useful and helpful to have better line ending support in Notepad.
                            Third party software often comes with config files that's origin is from a Linux world and only having LF inside.
                            Notepad just shows one big line and editing such files is almost impossible.
                            As WordPad supports LF since years it would be that feature to have notepad.exe be aware of CRLF and LF files.

                            https://blogs.msdn.microsoft.com/commandline/2017/12/08/cross-post-wsl-interoperability-with-docker/

                            7 votes
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                              1 comment  ·  Interoperability & Integration  ·  Flag idea as inappropriate…  ·  Admin →
                            • Uninstall button greyed out in Software Center for applications that are pushed via a "required" collection

                              When deploying an application through a collection in "required" state, uninstall button is greyed out. This doesn't happen if the application is installed through a collection in "available" state. We would like to have the uninstall button always accessible, no matter if the application was pushed in a required state or not. Corruption happens all the time and technicians need to be able to uninstall/reinstall all the time. Because uninstall is greyed out, they have to use the control panel instead, which defeats the purpose of using Software Center.

                              7 votes
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                                1 comment  ·  Applications & Add-ons  ·  Flag idea as inappropriate…  ·  Admin →
                              • Dark Theme for Group Policy Management Editor

                                Include an option for a Dark theme view in the Group Policy Management Editor.

                                7 votes
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                                  0 comments  ·  Shell, GUI, & Explorer  ·  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.

                                  7 votes
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                                    1 comment  ·  Applications & Add-ons  ·  Flag idea as inappropriate…  ·  Admin →
                                  • Bug: Task Scheduler CalendarTrigger Repetition not working in Server 2016TP5

                                    Scheduled tasks on the current TP5 of Windows Server 2016, which have a CalendarTrigger with repetition configured, don't seem to trigger and cannot be started manually.
                                    The same trigger without repetition (e.g. after unchecking the "Repeat task every:" checkbox in taskschd.msc) works correctly.
                                    A TimeTrigger with the same repetition configuration works, too.
                                    taskschd.msc calculates and displays the next runtime correctly.

                                    When I try to start such a task manually in taskschd.msc, a message box appears (running any other task works):
                                    de-DE: "Der Aufgabenplanungsdienst ist nicht verfügbar. Die Aufgabenplanung wird erneut versuchen, eine Verbindung herzustellen."
                                    en-US: "Task Scheduler service is not…

                                    7 votes
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                                      0 comments  ·  Bug  ·  Flag idea as inappropriate…  ·  Admin →
                                    • GPO for default programs

                                      Edge is potentially awesome, but COMPLETELY unfinished at Win 10 RTM, and until finished, unusable. Even as a consumer, after hours, I can't use Edge because it doesn't support IE features I use.

                                      This is the ONLY significant impediment to adopting Win 10, here.

                                      I need to be able to set IE11 as the default browser through GPO until Edge can truly replace it.

                                      Give me granular filetype/protocol selections and I'll only set IE11 as the default where I need it.

                                      But give ME the control, or we will stay on Win 7 until Edge is finished.

                                      7 votes
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                                        4 comments  ·  Other  ·  Flag idea as inappropriate…  ·  Admin →
                                      • Please Stop Using Ugly Aero Lite Theme in Windows Server

                                        The Aero Lite theme looks ugly and does not represent the client version (Windows 10) of the OS. Please just use regular Windows 10 theme. It is critical in RDS servers that the experience is the same with the client version of the OS. I understand that GUI on Server is very bad but the RDS role requires a GUI.

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

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                                            0 comments  ·  Interoperability & Integration  ·  Flag idea as inappropriate…  ·  Admin →
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