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  1. 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…

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      1 comment  ·  Misc  ·  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.

      14 votes
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        3 comments  ·  Shell, GUI, & Explorer  ·  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 →
        • 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.

          6 votes
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            4 comments  ·  Other  ·  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.

            6 votes
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              2 comments  ·  Shell, GUI, & Explorer  ·  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.

              6 votes
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                3 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

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                59 votes
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                  2 comments  ·  Configuration  ·  Flag idea as inappropriate…  ·  Admin →
                • 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 →
                  • (Microsoft Survey & Interview) Improve deployment and servicing

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                    2 votes
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                      survey  ·  0 comments  ·  Survey  ·  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).

                      22 votes
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                        3 comments  ·  Shell, GUI, & Explorer  ·  Flag idea as inappropriate…  ·  Admin →
                      • 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).

                        34 votes
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                          6 comments  ·  Applications & Add-ons  ·  Flag idea as inappropriate…  ·  Admin →
                        • 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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                            1 comment  ·  Applications & Add-ons  ·  Flag idea as inappropriate…  ·  Admin →
                          • 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.

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

                              114 votes
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                                3 comments  ·  Licensing, SKU, & Edition  ·  Flag idea as inappropriate…  ·  Admin →
                              • 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

                                14 votes
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                                  1 comment  ·  Misc  ·  Flag idea as inappropriate…  ·  Admin →
                                • 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)

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

                                    215 votes
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                                      11 comments  ·  Shell, GUI, & Explorer  ·  Flag idea as inappropriate…  ·  Admin →
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                                        0 comments  ·  Azure  ·  Flag idea as inappropriate…  ·  Admin →
                                      • 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! ;-)

                                        15 votes
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                                        • 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…

                                          16 votes
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                                            0 comments  ·  Interoperability & Integration  ·  Flag idea as inappropriate…  ·  Admin →
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