Change the use of hyperlinks in the graphical user interface
In my opinion Microsoft is following a wrong paradigm when it comes to providing server admins with context based background information while working on a server desktop.
It is regarding the use of referrals in the interface to sources on the internet in order to provide the administrator with more information. I know that, when Microsofts recommendation is followed and the core version is chosen, this is no issue at all, but since several server implementations still require the full graphical version (e.g. Exchange Server 2016) and many IT organisations still choose to use RDS for server administration, many admins will still be faced with this phenomenon.
An example: While on the desktop in an interactive session of a Windows Server 2016 machine, I click start -> settings (leftmost part of the startmenu), in the settings window I click “update & security”. Right at the bottom there is a link “Learn more”. Clicking on this link causes Internet Explorer to open in IEESC mode. The page that IE tries to open however needs Java script to be enabled, and without Java script enabled, no content is shown.
And this is my main concern: The Windows interface provides the admin with links that encourage enabling features that undermine security best practices.
What makes it even worse: there is no alternative way to obtain the information via another PC (e.g. from a RD session, copying the link and paste it in the browser of your admin PC), so the admin is forced to configure the server in a manner that conflicts with security best practices (best is to avoid using a browser at all, is my opinion, but apparently that is not Microsofts point of view).
I would like to encourage Microsoft to move to text-only referrals/urls or provide at least a way to copy the link to the clipboard. If that is not feasible somehow, make the web pages behind these links as plain as possible, so there is no need for browser extensions on the server.