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  1. Change Your Thinking

    I recently downloaded Server 2016 from my VL portal, got it installed/configured for testing, and I just thought I would share my discontent with the product (or unimpressed is likely a better wording). This does not require any input from anyone, or have any questions that need to be answered.

    I dislike that they removed the ability to convert from GUI to Core, or Core to GUI. That was a great feature! Sorry I am not a PowerShell guru, but these feature allowed me to be flexible. Add this back in! I read your reasoning online. Find a way to…

    16 votes
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      0 comments  ·  Other  ·  Flag idea as inappropriate…  ·  Admin →
    • 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…

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        0 comments  ·  Shell, GUI, & Explorer  ·  Flag idea as inappropriate…  ·  Admin →
      • Storage spaces direct in Windows Server Standard

        S2D is an awsome technology for small Business to create small Cluster environment without expensive SAN or NAS boxes. The datacenter licensing requirement absolutely kills the usecase for small deployments.

        15 votes
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          0 comments  ·  Licensing, SKU, & Edition  ·  Flag idea as inappropriate…  ·  Admin →
        • 1 vote
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            1 comment  ·  Other  ·  Flag idea as inappropriate…  ·  Admin →
          • New software Invention Update for machinery

            New software that causes machinery to become modern day technology and come alive.

            1 vote
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              1 comment  ·  Applications & Add-ons  ·  Flag idea as inappropriate…  ·  Admin →
            • 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.

              3 votes
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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!!

                1 vote
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                  0 comments  ·  Shell, GUI, & Explorer  ·  Flag idea as inappropriate…  ·  Admin →
                • Include support for Group Managed Service Accounts in Task Scheduler GUI

                  The GUI does not accept entering a gMSA as user for a scheduled task. This can only be done from PowerShell, and after doing that it is not possible to edit the task from GUI.

                  I would love to see gMSA support in the scheduled tasks GUI.

                  10 votes
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                    0 comments  ·  Other  ·  Flag idea as inappropriate…  ·  Admin →
                  • Dedupe on ReFS and Hyper-V non-VDI scenarioes...

                    Please please please add support for Dedupe on ReFS volumes! If you want us to start using the new filesystem then you really should implement Dedupe as well. Also support for Dedupe on other than VDI loads would really be nice. It works very well, so why not??

                    25 votes
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                      1 comment  ·  Other  ·  Flag idea as inappropriate…  ·  Admin →
                    • Group Policy Autoplay doesn't work with Windows Server 2016 and Windows 10

                      First of all, sorry my poor English. Recently my customer bought two Windows Server 2016 Standard and I have a general group policy to disable autoplay and autorun in all computers in this network. Of course, I have an Active Directory implemented with two DCs, one with W2K8R2 and another with W2K12R2. I´ve downloaded the new ADMX files for Windows Server 2016 and Windows 10 "www.microsoft.com/en-us/download/details.aspx?id=53430" and created a Central Store and I made all steps recomended by Microsoft. This Group Policy works well in all versions of Windows 2012/8.1 and below, but doesn´t work in Windows version…

                      2 votes
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                        0 comments  ·  Bug  ·  Flag idea as inappropriate…  ·  Admin →
                      • Bug: Backups stop working after about a month using windows server backup. I lose the System and hyper-v writers.

                        Only way to recover is a reboot. On a Hyper-v server this is not acceptable.

                        1 vote
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                          1 comment  ·  Other  ·  Flag idea as inappropriate…  ·  Admin →
                        • Implement total file security for all computers connectd

                          I have a conceptual idea of how to secure all the communication, files, and computing resources without the regards where the resources are located. Basically, this would allow to control access to any file on the accessible network or a cloud using the infrastructure/code idea that I have in mind.

                          I had several conversation with the business owners about the security of the data (files and etc) when it comes to employees parting with the companies or trying to sabotage the resources. Business owners need total control of the data and preclude those leaving the company to copy the data…

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                            0 comments  ·  Other  ·  Flag idea as inappropriate…  ·  Admin →
                          • Give back System Protection tab

                            and system restore as is in Win10

                            2 votes
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                              0 comments  ·  Configuration  ·  Flag idea as inappropriate…  ·  Admin →
                            • Disable logon screen background image by default

                              On Windows Server 2016 Eval (with Desktop Experience), the background image of logon screen is enabled by default.

                              I feel it would be better to disable by default than to enable.I think such a feature is not needed on the server product and it's better to be simple and to minimize resources for non-service.

                              17 votes
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                              • Add hostname to shutdown dialog

                                Simple idea - add the hostname to the shutdown dialog, ie "Shutdown SERVERNAME". This would stop helpdesk/support personal from cheerfully shutting down critical servers instead of their workstations when going home for the day.

                                17 votes
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                                  1 comment  ·  Shell, GUI, & Explorer  ·  Flag idea as inappropriate…  ·  Admin →
                                • Update von Build legt Rechner für Stunden lahm!

                                  Ich habe ein paar Ideen um Windows 10 und Windows 10 Mobil noch besser zu machen.

                                  1. Das größte Problem im Windows 10 und Windows 10 Mobil ist das automatische Update ohne Angabe der Dateigröße und der Zeit für die Installation. Update von Build oder App-Update legt Rechner für Stunden lahm!

                                  2. Windows 10 Mobil hängt sich auf und das Smartphone sollte zurückgesetzt werden. Alle Daten auf dem Smartphone sind weg, sowas geht nicht in der Arbeitswelt.

                                  3. Die Sicherheit ist bei Firmen sehr wichtig, darum muss klar sein wo die Daten liegen und teilweise kommt eine Cloudlösung nicht in Frage, weil die Daten nichts auf einem fremden System zu suchen…

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

                                        5 votes
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                                        • 5 votes
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