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  1. Dark Theme for Group Policy Management Editor

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

    9 votes
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    0 comments  ·  Shell, GUI, & Explorer  ·  Flag idea as inappropriate…  ·  Admin →
  2. Suggestion: Improve Windows Server update process and reduce down times

    Make Windows Server to be able to check, download, install updates while the server is running.

    like Android project Mainline.

    so at first there will be 2 OS drives instead of 1, they'll be clones of each other. when an updates pops up, the OS will download and install it on the other drive that is not used to run the OS. the updates can be installed and completely finished on that drive. the next time a system admin restarts the server, OS will boot up from the other updated drive without ANY downtime for installing or finishing updates. once…

    8 votes
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    1 comment  ·  Configuration  ·  Flag idea as inappropriate…  ·  Admin →
  3. SeShutdownPrivelege, SeUndockPrivelege, and SeTimeZonePrivelege not added to Administrators Group... only for Built-in Admin

    SeShutdownPrivelege, SeUndockPrivelege, and SeTimeZonePrivelege are not added to Administrators Group... only for Built-in Admin. This makes it so setting the timezone via the timedate.cpl in Server Core impossible if logged in as Domain Admin. This also makes ExitWindowsEx function in MSVC unusable on 2019.

    Previously, these worked on 2016. A workaround is to add the user (or users group) account via the Security Policy for User Rights Assessment in gpedit.msc.

    8 votes
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  4. Windows Update settings - Restart options

    In Windows Update on Server 2016 and beyond, there is the Restart options, which allows you to Schedule a time to restart and finish installing updates.

    The problem is you can only turn this on once the updates have fully completed installed.

    Instead of having to wait for the update to install, you should be allowed to Schedule the Restart time from this menu ONCE YOU HAVE ALREADY BEGUN to install updates. It's very annoying to have to wait for hours or however long, to then later have to go back and schedule the restart. You should be able to…

    8 votes
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  5. Add REFS support to File Server Resource Manager

    Please add support of REFS to FSRM.

    8 votes
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  6. 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…

    8 votes
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    0 comments  ·  Interoperability & Integration  ·  Flag idea as inappropriate…  ·  Admin →
  7. vmconnect.exe and Grant-VMConnectAccess

    The Cmdlet Grant-VMConnectAccess provides a good service in that it allows you to grant Access to a VM to a specific user without giving them full access to ALL vm's and Network control on the machine. User's need VMConnect.exe to talk to VM's but it does not respect this change. Please update VMConnect.exe to respect and use this rights change. It should be able to talk directly to the VM if the rights are there and the machinename or Guid of the VM is targeted

    8 votes
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  8. 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.

    8 votes
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  9. 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…

    8 votes
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  10. 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

    8 votes
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  11. 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!

    8 votes
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    0 comments  ·  Licensing, SKU, & Edition  ·  Flag idea as inappropriate…  ·  Admin →
  12. 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…

    8 votes
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  13. 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.

    8 votes
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    8 comments  ·  Applications & Add-ons  ·  Flag idea as inappropriate…  ·  Admin →
  14. 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.

    8 votes
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  15. Error massage that i spend 3 month serach for a slution

    Error message that i spend 3 month search for a solution no one knows what's the problem

    Getting this error in server 2019 and 2016 after closing GPMC.msc

    Error ID 1000

    The massage is:

    Faulting application name: mmc.exe, version: 10.0.17763.1, time stamp: 0x176b88f0
    Faulting module name: GPOAdmin.dll, version: 10.0.17763.1, time stamp: 0x84e18916
    Exception code: 0xc0000005
    Fault offset: 0x00000000000bb4cb
    Faulting process id: 0x980
    Faulting application start time: 0x01d50e351f75ca91
    Faulting application path: C:\Windows\system32\mmc.exe
    Faulting module path: C:\Windows\System32\GPOAdmin.dll
    Report Id: 918fa381-d469-4623-9544-9a949e90666d
    Faulting package full name:
    Faulting package-relative application ID:

    7 votes
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  16. See to who a GPO (and a new Version of it) is applied from Group Policy Management Console

    It would be great if it could be displayed directly in the console to which users and computers a new or changed policy could already be applied.

    7 votes
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  17. MultiPoint

    Please add back MultiPoint Service role to Server 2019

    7 votes
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  18. Windows Server 2019 Search function doesn't work without Internet connection

    Search function is not working when Server 2019 is not connected to internet. I'm not getting any search results when I search after installed programs from start menu. When I connect the server to Internet everything is fine. Sometimes it works when i go back to offline mode until I reboot server again. We have lots of offline servers so I hope you can fix this problem before we start to migrate to Sever 2019.

    7 votes
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  19. add Remote Desktop client Universal Resource Identifier (URI) scheme support to Windows 10

    The page at...
    Remote Desktop client Universal Resource Identifier (URI) scheme support
    https://docs.microsoft.com/en-us/windows-server/remote/remote-desktop-services/clients/remote-desktop-uri

    ...describes the feature, but it isn't supported on Windows. Now that we have the Remote Desktop modern app, Windows should handle the URI scheme by default too, perhaps when the Remote Desktop modern app is installed.

    7 votes
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  20. 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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