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  1. WSUS on Win2012: Fix issue that causes Windows Server 2016 clients OS to be listed as "Windows (Version 10)"

    When using WSUS on Windows 2012 (WSUS 4.x), the WSUS console incorrectly lists Windows Server 2016 clients with Operating System "Windows (Version 10)". This is confusing to customers, and causes them concerns related to reporting, as well as the ability to update Win2016 clients with WSUS on Windows 2012.

    This issue does not occur with WSUS on Windows 2016, where Windows Server 2016 clients are listed with Operating System as "Windows Server 2016 <edition>".

    13 votes
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      0 comments  ·  Bug  ·  Flag idea as inappropriate…  ·  Admin →
    • 2016, WDS, Deduplication: Option to disable RES.WIM usage

      A bit of history here. Windows Deployment Services has been around for quite a number of years, and it uses a file-based deduplication mechanism to conserve disk space.

      When we capture an image with WDS, what it is actually doing is creating hashes for all files on the disk and then checking to see if those hashes are present in RES.WIM. Any hashed files not present in RES.WIM are copied up to the server, added to RES.WIM, and then the disk image itself is just a list of hashes to pull out of RES.WIM to reconstruct the image.

      Without deduplication,…

      2 votes
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        0 comments  ·  Configuration  ·  Flag idea as inappropriate…  ·  Admin →
      • Urgently need WSE-2106 Media pack to stream video/movies for home use

        Urgently need WSE-2106 Media pack to stream video/movies for home use

        45 votes
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          3 comments  ·  Interoperability & Integration  ·  Flag idea as inappropriate…  ·  Admin →
        • Finally, please describe for each executable (standalone & services) it's necessity to access the Internet

          This is a security issue.

          Hello

          It's really strange that we use operating systems which do not describe its executables and their eligibility to access the internet.

          If we monitor which programms access the internet on a Windows Machine, then we really often have to google for its executable name and just get informations like "we do'nt know what it does, but it is probably safe to allow internet access".

          Therefore, please:
          1) Finally, create a professional application & service architecture. No, to route everything over svchost.exe is not a secure design. Not at all.

          2) Finally, create a datasheet…

          3 votes
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            0 comments  ·  Other  ·  Flag idea as inappropriate…  ·  Admin →
          • Remove Xbox Live related services from Server 2016

            IMHO "Xbox Live Game Save" service left in a product aimed for corporate use is a bit embarrassing.

            65 votes
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              5 comments  ·  Misc  ·  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.

              2 votes
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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

                5 votes
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                  0 comments  ·  Bug  ·  Flag idea as inappropriate…  ·  Admin →
                • Add back support for Edge

                  Please add the option to install Microsoft Edge on the server.

                  22 votes
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                    1 comment  ·  Applications & Add-ons  ·  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!!

                    4 votes
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                      0 comments  ·  Shell, GUI, & Explorer  ·  Flag idea as inappropriate…  ·  Admin →
                    • Http Action in Task Scheduler

                      It would be very helpful if, task scheduler support native http actions.

                      3 votes
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                        0 comments  ·  Applications & Add-ons  ·  Flag idea as inappropriate…  ·  Admin →
                      • GPO to change Windows 2016 settings menu on RDS

                        Hi,

                        I have a new Windows 2016 RDS farm.
                        Is there a possibility to adjust the Windows settings menu?
                        For example, remove “Update and Security” or “Network and Internet” ….
                        One problem is that a "normal" user can open the settings menu, install Windows updates and then restart the server. Restart a RDS server????

                        The only possibility GPO is “Remove access to use all Windows Update feature” but this is a computer policy. When I configure this policy, also admin users have no more access to install updates.

                        Thanks
                        Michael

                        12 votes
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                          0 comments  ·  Flag idea as inappropriate…  ·  Admin →
                        • Removing Command Prompt is meanest MSFT idea ever. Roast in ****!

                          Do not remove Command Prompt, because millions of people will not ever be able to learn the terse, unintuitive, weird, creepy language of Powershell.
                          This makes computers 80% less useful to a large number of people.
                          You are nuts!

                          2 votes
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                            2 comments  ·  Misc  ·  Flag idea as inappropriate…  ·  Admin →
                          • 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…

                            18 votes
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                              0 comments  ·  Other  ·  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.

                              17 votes
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                                0 comments  ·  Licensing, SKU, & Edition  ·  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…

                                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.

                                  14 votes
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                                  • 1 vote
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                                    • New software Invention Update for machinery

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

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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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                                        • 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.

                                          2 votes
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