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  1. Double click group in permissions to open AD group

    When modifying file permissions on a server, it would be a HUGE time saver if you could simply double click the group name and have it open the AD properties of the selected group.

    Implementing this saves the time of having to open ADUC, then typing in the group name in search, then make the required group changes.

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      0 comments  ·  Shell, GUI, & Explorer  ·  Flag idea as inappropriate…  ·  Admin →
    • hyper-V Manager

      In Virtual Machines list a column to show whether the VM is the primary replicating out, or a dormant replica.

      I had a panicked user start the replica because he thought the VM was turned off.

      That said, can I rename the VM on the replica side only (by adding the word REPLICA for example)?

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        1 comment  ·  Shell, GUI, & Explorer  ·  Flag idea as inappropriate…  ·  Admin →
      • Upgrade from LTSC to Semi-Annual Channel

        Prior to the announcement of Semi-Annual Channel we deployed a few Server 2016 Core machines. With the new 1709 release, I would like to be able to convert my existing machines to semi-annual.

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          0 comments  ·  Other  ·  Flag idea as inappropriate…  ·  Admin →
        • Add file hash checking capability to Task Scheduler

          Scheduled Tasks should have the ability to verify a file’s authenticity prior to executing. For example, if a Scheduled Task is executing a PowerShell script that is being run with an account that has Domain Admin rights, anyone that has access to modify the PowerShell script on the server essentially has Domain Admin rights.
          If there was an option added to the Scheduled Task setup where the owner could input the file hash of the PowerShell script and Task Scheduler checked the hash prior to executing the script, it would eliminate unauthorized changes.
          One example where this would stop malicious…

          6 votes
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            2 comments  ·  Misc  ·  Flag idea as inappropriate…  ·  Admin →
          • Allow Microsoft Edge Favorites to be easily managed like the Internet Explorer Favorites folder structure and support folder redirection

            Allow Microsoft Edge Favorites to be easily managed like the Internet Explorer Favorites folder structure (end user-manageable) and support folder redirection (especially in the Enterprise edition of Windows 10). The IE Favorites folder can be redirected to a network location and available on any computer a user logs into, Edge Favorites are stuck on the local hard drive in a non-user manageable form (ESE database). The same goes for Sticky Notes, in Windows 7 they were stored in the Roaming AppData folder and followed a user across computers. Now they have been converted to a "modern UI app" which is…

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            • 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 →
              • 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 →
                • Update documentation to indicate if VB6 runtime is supported on Windows Server 2016

                  Update the documentation to indicate whether the VB6 runtime is supported (or already installed) in windows server 2016

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                    1 comment  ·  Interoperability & Integration  ·  Flag idea as inappropriate…  ·  Admin →
                  • SMTP Virtual Server in Server 2016 Core and Nano

                    2016 Server Core and Nano don't have the ability to add-windowsfeature smtp-server. I feel the SMTP feature would lend itself well to the lightweight nature of Core and Nano.

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                      0 comments  ·  Applications & Add-ons  ·  Flag idea as inappropriate…  ·  Admin →
                    • Server core version of Windows server 2016 doesn't support DFSR static port assignment.

                      Server core version of Windows server 2016 doesn't support DFSR static port assignment.

                      DFSRDiag.exe and DFSR powershell are not available to assign static port to DFSR in server core version

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                        0 comments  ·  Bug  ·  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!

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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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                            • Why a mobile user interface on Windows Server?

                              Why Microsoft develop a mobile user interface on a server operating system. Its unuseable, unpractical and without any comon sense.

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                              • Add basic Linux management to Windows Admin Center

                                Windows Admin Center is fantastic but we all manage a mix of Linux and Windows Servers. Add the ability to add Linux Servers, SSH over the browser, and a few basic items would be phenomenal (process list, disk info, file explorer)

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                                • Make Server Essentials 2016 Connector More Robust to Windows Upgrades

                                  The Server Essentials Connector client often loses its connection to the server following a Windows Update. This is both frustrating if seen, or an issue if missed (if the icon is not always shown) as it can lead to backups not happening for a number of days. Normally it is then just a case of running the ClientDeploy app, but you have to know where to find this (it is not added to the all programs list).

                                  Ideally the connector should be much more robust to Windows Updates and should simply "just work" but, if it does not connect it…

                                  5 votes
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                                  • Windows 10 start menu

                                    In the Windows 10 start menu again the folders free sortable as in the old Windows versions make. Allow creation of folders in the Start menu again.

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                                    • GUI for DNS policies and rate-limiting

                                      Please implement GUI for configuring DNS policies and DNS rate-limiting in Windows Server 2016.

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                                      • Give back System Protection tab

                                        and system restore as is in Win10

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                                        • 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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