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  1. 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 →
  2. 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.

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

    Do you want your server OS deployment and servicing to move faster? We're a team of Microsoft engineers who want your experiences and ideas around solving real problems of deploying and servicing your server OS infrastructure. We're interested in many aspects of deployment, including servicing, migration, and upgrades.

    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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  4. 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 →
  5. 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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  6. 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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    6 comments  ·  Applications & Add-ons  ·  Flag idea as inappropriate…  ·  Admin →
  7. Super Fine application control

    In Windows 2000 Advanced Server/Datacenter Server, User could set very fine controls for all applications running or applications that will launch at specific time/interval.
    User could set:
    Affinity
    Priority
    Memory Usage
    Other fine control settings

    Newer Windows versions removed this feature called "Process Control app UI", I hope in Windows Server 2016 we can get this functionality back so user can set super fine control for each application / process / filter / directshow filter .. etc

    Image from Windows 2000 Datacenter Server:
    http://xi-networks.net/Windows2000Server/Control.png

    10 votes
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  8. Cleanup font cache files

    Remove these unnecessary files when user logs off or print job is finished:

    c:\Windows\ServiceProfiles\LocalService\AppData\Local\~FontCache....dat

    16 votes
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  9. Decouple Windows Media Stack from Desktop Experience

    Some Products requiere Windows Media Services as a prerequisite for Installation (for example Exchange Server). Currently you have to install Dekstop Expirience to get these Services.

    The downside of this is, that Applications which require these services are automatically required to run with a GUI (no server core support because of Desktop experience prerequisites)

    39 votes
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    0 comments  ·  Azure  ·  Flag idea as inappropriate…  ·  Admin →
  11. Reward user feedback

    It's all wonderful to post ideas here but some sort of rewards would be in order as we help you sell more software with great new features! ;-)

    16 votes
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  12. 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…

    17 votes
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  13. baked in integration with azure/Office 365

    The ability to move hyperv workloads or replicate AD objects to azure directly from the GUI without additional tools

    5 votes
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  14. Setting to set any program to run statically

    Set any program to run in the background on startup and such

    4 votes
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    2 comments  ·  Applications & Add-ons  ·  Flag idea as inappropriate…  ·  Admin →
  15. 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.

    8 votes
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  16. passwords accept hash, instead of Base64

    from autounattend.xml to powershell, user accounts are managed by base64encoded strings. This is ... frankly ... terrible, as it's not even technically encrypted. Want to see that admin password default in the autounattend.xml file? simply run:

    $nextstep = [System.Convert]::FromBase64String("<put it here>")
    $finalstep = [System.Text.Encoding]::UTF8.GetString($nextstep)

    Please allow hashing/salting to be used for password conifguration, be it from an unattend.xml file or as an option when creating new accounts to allow at least modest protection when passing credentials.

    0 votes
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  17. How to modify the default configuration of RDP?

    In default configuration, security was set to 'Warn me if authentication fails'. I want to set 'Always connect, even if authentication fails' as default. I found Default.rdp in RDC Connections folder but can not find 'security' setting.

    0 votes
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  18. flash

    update and enable

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  19. Clustered task scheduler service

    Task scheduler between clustered servers should have a way to easily configure it via GUI. Why not create it as a clustered service?

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