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  1. Disable Windows Store for regular users.

    Regular users are allowed to install Apps. This shouldn't be allowed on server . Any GPO I tried on W2016 TP5 had no effect.

    Also, I don't understand why an "Application" would not be a "software" and why there is a need for "Application Control Policies" GPO beside "Software Restriction Policies" GPO.

    15 votes
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  2. 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 →
  3. 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.

    50 votes
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    3 comments  ·  Configuration  ·  Flag idea as inappropriate…  ·  Admin →
  4. Storage Replica Partnership is un-removable

    I tried to implement Storage Replica (Server-to-Server), Once It sets up the partnership, I could not remove the partnership to bring live the destination drive. The error message says that "There is no Partnership between both servers" but I confirm it has with get-srpartnership cmdlet.

    Destination drive is totally unmountable even via Diskpart.

    2 votes
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  5. Bug: Task Scheduler CalendarTrigger Repetition not working in Server 2016TP5

    Scheduled tasks on the current TP5 of Windows Server 2016, which have a CalendarTrigger with repetition configured, don't seem to trigger and cannot be started manually.
    The same trigger without repetition (e.g. after unchecking the "Repeat task every:" checkbox in taskschd.msc) works correctly.
    A TimeTrigger with the same repetition configuration works, too.
    taskschd.msc calculates and displays the next runtime correctly.

    When I try to start such a task manually in taskschd.msc, a message box appears (running any other task works):
    de-DE: "Der Aufgabenplanungsdienst ist nicht verfügbar. Die Aufgabenplanung wird erneut versuchen, eine Verbindung herzustellen."
    en-US: "Task Scheduler service is not…

    14 votes
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  6. 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

    34 votes
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    4 comments  ·  Shell, GUI, & Explorer  ·  Flag idea as inappropriate…  ·  Admin →
  7. Two-click sign-out

    Bring back a quick two-click "sign-out" path.

    In W2016 TP5 signing out requires, Right-click - Click - Click

    I prefer my RDS users signing-out rather than disconnecting. It makes system maintenance and software upgrades easier.

    4 votes
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  8. Default shell in Server Core and MinShell to PowerShell

    With the change to Server Core or MinShell as install options, MS should not default the way you interact with the server to the old command line. It should be PowerShell. I do this on my current servers by changing the registry, but I'm not sure why in 2015 MS doesn't do this by default.

    252 votes
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    11 comments  ·  Shell, GUI, & Explorer  ·  Flag idea as inappropriate…  ·  Admin →

    Thanks for the feedback. This is something that has been suggested frequently, and we are hearing you. At this time no decision has been made either way.

  9. 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.

    28 votes
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    3 comments  ·  Shell, GUI, & Explorer  ·  Flag idea as inappropriate…  ·  Admin →
  10. Give KMS an easy to use GUI and make it a no brainer to setup and maintain.

    KMS is annoying and provides no value to the customer, only to Microsoft. It should be made drop dead easy and flawless so admins have to spend virtually no time on it both for installing and maintaining it.

    168 votes
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    4 comments  ·  Licensing, SKU, & Edition  ·  Flag idea as inappropriate…  ·  Admin →
  11. 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

    79 votes
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  12. Please keep same logic for control panel running app wuapp

    I do updates PC / servers so many times that typing ms-config:windowsupdates rather than wuapp is boring, please keep these shortcuts in the Windows + R commands

    5 votes
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  13. Keep the licensing model of Windows Server 2016 as in 2012

    The WS2012 licensing model with absolutely the same features in Standard and Datacenter Editions was the greatest thing. Virtualization rights was the only thing to think about - no headache about what is supported in which edition, what I should install, will it work etc. Please keep it like this in Windows Server 2016.

    118 votes
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  14. 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…

    15 votes
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  15. 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.

    5 votes
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  16. 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.

    18 votes
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  17. System cCnter Unified agent, as instalable Windows Server feature..

    Unify All the System Center Agents (virtual machine manager, SCOM, etc) in one solution (for example: SC unified Agent) .Integrate the System Center Agent as a Windows Server Feature (like .Net, BITS and the like).

    39 votes
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  18. Add cross-server service dependencies

    If I have an application that needs SQL to be running on another server, it would be great to be able to add a dependency in my services control panel that would prevent that service from being started until it saw SQL running on another server, with an optional startup delay afterward.

    In addition to this, in general, a "startup delay" you can specify in seconds for services would be beneficial. We've had some race conditions in our environment which have meant some services have failed to start due to network adapter/netlogon availabilty, and the options to correct this are…

    18 votes
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  19. Access to Windows10 UAP APIs

    The promise of the new Windows10 Universal Apps is that they will run anywhere. That should include the server and Azure. I'd like to write my core libraries so that the code can be used on phones, tablets, PCs, Consoles and in the cloud.

    I especially want access to the MediaComposition and Win2D libraries for rendering my animations to video which I can then send to Azure Media Services for transcoding.

    7 votes
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  20. Windows update / SQL update needs to have more control

    I just had SQL server restart at 9:36 am for me because of a microsoft update. I appreciate the importance of updating product, but I should never have to apologize to my customers for 10 minutes of down time while SQL is restarting. Active hours shouldn't be only 8 hours long. All in all the most frustrating part of running Windows 2016.

    16 votes
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