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  1. 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 →
    • Enable Windows Server Essentials Media Pack for Server 2016

      Enable Windows Server Essentials Media Pack for Server 2016

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        3 comments  ·  Applications & Add-ons  ·  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 →
          • create a community forum for Server 2016

            hello,
            in the community forums there is no forum for server 2016
            im having some issues and was hoping to get some help from the community.

            thanks
            Sean

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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)

              4 votes
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                0 comments  ·  Applications & Add-ons  ·  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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                    4 comments  ·  Applications & Add-ons  ·  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 →
                    • 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" …

                      4 votes
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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

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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

                            4 votes
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                              2 comments  ·  Shell, GUI, & Explorer  ·  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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                              • 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

                                4 votes
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                                  1 comment  ·  Shell, GUI, & Explorer  ·  Flag idea as inappropriate…  ·  Admin →
                                • Two-click sign-out

                                  Bring back a quick two-click "sign-out" path.

                                  In W2016 TP5 signing out requires, Right-click - Click - Click

                                  I prefer my RDS users signing-out rather than disconnecting. It makes system maintenance and software upgrades easier.

                                  3 votes
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                                  • Do not install windows defender by default on windows server

                                    Windows Server 2016 shoulnd't have anti-malware enabled by default. Just had to reboot a production server 2 days after a clean install because AntiMaware was at 100% CPU for hours. Defender is already a memory hog, it shouldn't be enabled by default on servers.

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                                      0 comments  ·  Other  ·  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!!

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                                        0 comments  ·  Shell, GUI, & Explorer  ·  Flag idea as inappropriate…  ·  Admin →
                                      • Bug: TP5: Notepad.exe often crashes when closing text files

                                        Repro 1:
                                        1) browse around the file system or any zip files, double click on any .txt files you find to read them.
                                        2) Click 'X' in the top right of notepad to close out of notepad.

                                        Repro 2:
                                        1) open explorer and click on "Documents" in the treeview to show your documents (and a folder you should definitely have permissions to).
                                        2) In the area showing your folders and files, right click and choose to create a new text document. (I named it test.txt)
                                        3) Double click the new text file and add some text. (I wrote "hello")
                                        4)…

                                        3 votes
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                                        • Outlook: Enable the possibility to move several tasks to a customized date

                                          If you Chose a Task you have different options to move/reschedule it like 'Today', 'Tomorrow', 'This week', 'Custom' etc.
                                          If you Chose more than one Task the Option 'Custom' is not available anymore but would be useful.

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