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  1. SD boot

    SD is becoming a common feature on many servers. I understand that Microsoft, via an OEM, will support booting Hyper-V Server from USB. SD is a low-cost option for deploying servers that would get all their storage from SAN or SMB, but Microsoft needs to support (not OEMs) Windows Server booting from SD.

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      3 comments  ·  Configuration  ·  Flag idea as inappropriate…  ·  Admin →
    • Dashboard in Hyper V manager for virtual machines

      Hi,

      It would be great and helpful if there is a dashboard view in
      hyper-V Manager

      Dashboard with basic details like
      Total no of VM
      No of VM running /Off
      OS details in VM
      Utilization / available free stoarge in Hyper V

      Just like what we get in VMM console

      This dashboard will be helpful in envrinment where there is not VMM in place

      29 votes
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        3 comments  ·  Shell, GUI, & Explorer  ·  Flag idea as inappropriate…  ·  Admin →
      • Hybrid Search of File Server with Office 365.

        I want to search files on on-pre file servers by Office 365 Search without SharePoint Server.

        Office 365 Hybrid Search with SharePoint Server 2016 can search files in on-pre file servers.
        I want Office 365 Hybrid Search with Windows Search.

        4 votes
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          0 comments  ·  Misc  ·  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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            0 comments  ·  Misc  ·  Flag idea as inappropriate…  ·  Admin →
          • Allow KMS to Store Computer Name and Last Activation Date in WID / SSEE

            Inventory is always a challenge and KMS is a great opportunity to help. Add an option to allow KMS to store computer name and last activation date in WID / SSEE Windows Integrated Database. Update slmgr.vbs to add an option to export a text file from the database. If the KMS protocol transmits other information such as Windows OS version or Microsoft Office version, also store this in the database.

            Thanks

            Steven

            12 votes
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              0 comments  ·  Licensing, SKU, & Edition  ·  Flag idea as inappropriate…  ·  Admin →
            • Make a search box in windows services

              With a huge list of services in Windows services, I would like to have a search box to find rapidly a Windows services. Thanks for vote if you think that will be a good idea.

              26 votes
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                3 comments  ·  Shell, GUI, & Explorer  ·  Flag idea as inappropriate…  ·  Admin →
              • 10 votes
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                  0 comments  ·  Shell, GUI, & Explorer  ·  Flag idea as inappropriate…  ·  Admin →
                • NTFS security like , user can read write and modifies the files and folders, sub folders but can not delete any of them.

                  NTFS security like , user can read write and modifies the files and folders, sub folders but can not delete any of them.

                  2 votes
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                    2 comments  ·  Configuration  ·  Flag idea as inappropriate…  ·  Admin →
                  • Disable Hardware Offloads By Default

                    The vast majority of issues I encounter in the Hyper-V community, are related to hardware offloads such as VMQ and ODX. Microsoft is relying on drivers and firmwares that OEMs are either releasing with incorrect default configurations (VMQ enabled on 1 GbE NICs) or buggy releases (ODX corrupting VHD/X files). And to be honest, I'm thinking of getting business cards printed with "turn off VMQ" and "turn off ODX" on them.

                    The customers blame Microsoft because "Hyper-V is buggy". It's time to shift the blame on OEMs and to stop giving us the tired line of "we're working with OEMs".…

                    32 votes
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                      2 comments  ·  Other  ·  Flag idea as inappropriate…  ·  Admin →
                    • More flexibility in Windows Server Backup Scheduling

                      Current daily only (or more frequent) schedules in Server Backup mean that this does not work well on larger servers where the maintenance mode initiated for large (TB) volumes can mean backup running almost continuously. If Server Backup could have ability to run backups less frequently and with multiple schedules without having to manually configure this as command-line jobs through Task Scheduler (i.e. every Tue @ 3am backup system volumes, daily backup fast moving data volumes, every week or even two weekly backup of slow moving TB volumes, etc.), this would make the built in capabilities much more applicable in…

                      13 votes
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                        1 comment  ·  Misc  ·  Flag idea as inappropriate…  ·  Admin →
                      • Add locales that use UTF8 (Code Page 65001) by default

                        Most modern Unix-based OSes make UTF-8 the default character encoding.
                        Considering OpenSSH ( http://blogs.msdn.com/b/powershell/archive/2015/10/19/openssh-for-windows-update.aspx ), Now is the time for Windows to support UTF8-native locales. we need system-wide and reboot-trelant way.

                        64 votes
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                          2 comments  ·  Interoperability & Integration  ·  Flag idea as inappropriate…  ·  Admin →
                        • Remove all components not required for a minimal GUI

                          Server Core is great, and I intend to use it more and more, but I'd like for the GUI version to be as stripped down as possible.

                          Yes, Jeffrey, I know we should never use the GUI version except for RDS but reality is reality. People use it and it would benefit everyone if the GUI went on a diet.

                          I don't have any specifics in mind as to what should be removed. I'll leave that up to you all to figure out.

                          17 votes
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                            3 comments  ·  Shell, GUI, & Explorer  ·  Flag idea as inappropriate…  ·  Admin →
                          • 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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                              4 comments  ·  Other  ·  Flag idea as inappropriate…  ·  Admin →
                            • Enable Roaming Profiles to have START Right Click Context Menu "WinX"

                              Move "C:\Users\<Username>\AppData\Local\Microsoft\Windows\WinX\" to "C:\Users\<Username>\AppData\Roaming\Microsoft\Windows\WinX\"

                              Roaming User Profiles constantly lost right click context menu capability on start button. This capability should be improved on Roaming Profiles by now. Currently, we need copy the WinX folder from Default\AppData\Local\Microsoft\Windows\WinX to the user using logon script constantly.

                              Its time for an improvement on thandling this WinX folder for Roaming Profiles and add a feature on GPO to include or exclude synchronization if needed.

                              11 votes
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                                1 comment  ·  Shell, GUI, & Explorer  ·  Flag idea as inappropriate…  ·  Admin →
                              • Please Stop Using Ugly Aero Lite Theme in Windows Server

                                The Aero Lite theme looks ugly and does not represent the client version (Windows 10) of the OS. Please just use regular Windows 10 theme. It is critical in RDS servers that the experience is the same with the client version of the OS. I understand that GUI on Server is very bad but the RDS role requires a GUI.

                                7 votes
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                                  2 comments  ·  Shell, GUI, & Explorer  ·  Flag idea as inappropriate…  ·  Admin →
                                • Change PC Name without restart

                                  It is one of the most critical problem of Windows. Is not easy, I know this, but change the PC Name without force the restart could be one for the most important thing.

                                  Requirements:

                                  - Cannot be DC
                                  - Cannot be Exchange Server or SQL Server

                                  Scenarios where this feature could be interesting:

                                  - Change naming convention of same machines
                                  - File Server
                                  - IIS
                                  - RDS
                                  - Hyper-V

                                  S

                                  74 votes
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                                    2 comments  ·  Configuration  ·  Flag idea as inappropriate…  ·  Admin →
                                  • 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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                                      3 comments  ·  Shell, GUI, & Explorer  ·  Flag idea as inappropriate…  ·  Admin →
                                    • (Microsoft Survey & Interview) Improve deployment and servicing

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                                      Click the link below if you wish to fill out a brief survey and perhaps participate in a short phone call.

                                      https://aka.ms/deployland

                                      3 votes
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                                      • Edge and Flash on Server 2016 Removal

                                        why?? will these be removable features when it goes RTM?

                                        4 votes
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                                          3 comments  ·  Applications & Add-ons  ·  Flag idea as inappropriate…  ·  Admin →
                                        • Please add install GUI option and provide all powershell options as GUI selectables

                                          During the installation please allow GUI as an option. Also please include most if not all hidden powershell commands as GUI options. It doesn't have to be pretty, but being able to check some boxes with advanced options instead of having to learn all the powershell commands each time would save time (example would be Storage Pools).

                                          29 votes
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