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  1. 5 votes
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    • Replace the server GUI with a website

      I do believe that servers do not need a GUI and probably should not have one for performance and security reasons. With Windows Server 2016, the default installation is Server Core, and I do think this is a very good thing.

      However, there are scenarios when a GUI can be handy, particularly for small business with limited IT resources (for example, for the Essentials role). In this scenario, instead of installing a GUI on the server (with calculator, Explorer, Internet Explorer, etc.) the user should be able to access and configure the server from a webpage just like most routers…

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        1 comment  ·  Shell, GUI, & Explorer  ·  Flag idea as inappropriate…  ·  Admin →
      • Wir brauchen einen Computer oder Laptop mit integriertem Drucker.

        Hallo liebes Microsoft Team
        Ich habe oft darüber nachgedacht was der Menschheit fehlt die Geschäftlich oder auch Privat oft unterwegs sind. Stellen Sie sich einmal vor jemand der beruflich oft Reist, nie an einem Punkt ist hat so gut wie immer sein Notebook oder Laptop dabei. Jetzt muss der jenige was ausdrucken, aber wo ? Wie währe die Idee mit einem Laptop mit integriertem Drucker.
        Oder ein ALL IN ONE Rechner mit integriertem Drucker. Vielleicht hat man nicht soviel Platz zuhause oder man will sich etwas kaufen wo alles mit drinnen ist.

        Ich würde mich über eure Meinung interessieren wie…

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          0 comments  ·  Configuration  ·  Flag idea as inappropriate…  ·  Admin →
        • Add Itanium Support to Windows Server 2016

          Intel Itanium can emulate x64 but they are not officially supported in Windows Server 2016. Windows Server 2016 should be one edition and download should say for "64-bit systems" and that should be compatible with x86_64, Itanium, and 64-bit ARM.

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            3 comments  ·  Interoperability & Integration  ·  Flag idea as inappropriate…  ·  Admin →
          • Telecommute Add-on or App

            Our company is largely a Microsoft shop. We are also looking to take advantage of telecommute work options. Right now there isn't a good solution that integrates well with the tools we use to help managers do their jobs remotely. It is largely left up to high volume communication between manager and employees. With all the pitfalls that entails.

            My suggestion is a piece of software (maybe an Outlook addon) that can aggregate activity in most/all Microsoft products. For instance, it can show mail activity of your employees, TFS activity, Lync/Skype activity, etc... in one place to gauge productivity and…

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              0 comments  ·  Applications & Add-ons  ·  Flag idea as inappropriate…  ·  Admin →
            • Gruppenzugehörigkeit im Kontakt sichtbar machen

              Ich muss alle Kontakte einer Gruppe zuordnen. Leider kann man, wenn man die Kontakte durchklickt nicht ersehen, ob der Kontakt bereits einer Gruppe zugeordnet wurde. Die Konkurrenz GMX ist hier wesentlich besser aufgestellt.

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                1 comment  ·  Applications & Add-ons  ·  Flag idea as inappropriate…  ·  Admin →
              • update the default logo on Windows Server 2016 Essentials "mobile" browser to display Windows Server, rather than Windows Server 2012 R2.

                i noticed when browsing to windows server 2016 essentials on my smartphone, the default logo displays "Windows Server 2012 R2", while the same page on my PC shows "Windows Server". perhaps the image needs to be updated for the mobile platform to match the desktop platform.

                4 votes
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                  0 comments  ·  Other  ·  Flag idea as inappropriate…  ·  Admin →
                • Windows 2016 start menu search on GUI should be as comprehensive as Windows 10 and Windows 2012R2

                  When I hit start and type "Active", for example, the start menu correctly finds "Active Directory Users and Computers", "Active Directory Domains and Trusts", etc. on Windows 10 and Windows 2012R2.
                  that is NOT the case in Windows 2016 TP5. I have to type in "administrative" to get to "Windows Administrative Tools" and then run my mmc.

                  I don't know if it is a setting I should enable (maybe Cortana), or I have to wait for some indexing to finish (I've already waited waaay to long; besides Windows 2012R2 does not have this index-wait-time) for this comprehensive search to happen,…

                  69 votes
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                    8 comments  ·  Shell, GUI, & Explorer  ·  Flag idea as inappropriate…  ·  Admin →
                  • Call UWP APIs from Server applications

                    In the past I have always been able to call my WinForms or WPF or any Win32 code from my server-side applications. This was useful for rendering media on the fly to serve up on a web site.

                    As far as I can tell, much of the UWP API set isn't available to the server. I'm thinking of the UI Composition layer and the video and audio APIs.

                    3 votes
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                      0 comments  ·  API  ·  Flag idea as inappropriate…  ·  Admin →
                    • Manage Settings (New Control Panel) for RDSH Servers

                      I am working on a new lockdown group policy that will be used for our future Windows 2016 XenApp servers.

                      As this will be used for a lot of users, certain things will need to be locked down. For example the Settings need to be locked down in the same way as it possible with Control Panel.

                      I want to be able to manage what settings is visible in Settings with GPO.

                      We cannot allow users on a shared RDSH server to install windows update, add VPN connection, check what application is installed etc etc.
                      With Control Panel it was…

                      14 votes
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                        2 comments  ·  Shell, GUI, & Explorer  ·  Flag idea as inappropriate…  ·  Admin →
                      • Outlook: Enable the possibility to move several tasks to a customized date

                        If you Chose a Task you have different options to move/reschedule it like 'Today', 'Tomorrow', 'This week', 'Custom' etc.
                        If you Chose more than one Task the Option 'Custom' is not available anymore but would be useful.

                        3 votes
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                          1 comment  ·  Applications & Add-ons  ·  Flag idea as inappropriate…  ·  Admin →
                        • If Windows Server 2016 support "windows hello" feature?

                          If Windows Server 2016 TP5 support "windows hello" feature? any declare or blog?

                          I installed windows server 2016 (14393), and then I can't use "windows hello" in settings.

                          this feature worked in windows 10.

                          10 votes
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                            1 comment  ·  Applications & Add-ons  ·  Flag idea as inappropriate…  ·  Admin →
                          • Allow Ethernet Connections to be Metered

                            Since only wifi connections can be metered it is not possible to control the application of updates. Anyone with an Ethernet connection to the internet can have long runs interrupted and days even weeks of work can be damaged. Allowing Ethernet connections to be metered should add a necessary degree of control.

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                              0 comments  ·  Configuration  ·  Flag idea as inappropriate…  ·  Admin →
                            • Kontakte in Kontaktgruppen nach Nachnamen sortieren und nicht nach Emailadressen

                              Die Kontakte in Kontaktgruppen werden nach Emailadressen sortiert und nicht nach den Nachnamen. Das ist mehr als unübersichtlich.

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                                0 comments  ·  Other  ·  Flag idea as inappropriate…  ·  Admin →
                              • Ordner "vorgeschlagene Kontakte" bitte wieder zuschalten

                                Bitte schalten Sie den Ordner "vorgeschlagene Kontakte" wieder zu. Wenn man einen neuen Kontakt nicht sofort speichert, findet man ihn nicht wieder, wenn man wie wir, mehrere Tausend Kontakte hat.

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                                  0 comments  ·  Applications & Add-ons  ·  Flag idea as inappropriate…  ·  Admin →
                                • 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.

                                  13 votes
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                                  • 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.

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                                    • Run group policy update silently when run from Group Policy Management

                                      On Server 2012 when running Group Policy Update from within the Group Policy Management Console the update runs interactive on the targeted systems. This makes the feature pretty much obsolete as you can't run a group policy update in real time urgently if it means the perception of interfering with end users.

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                                        0 comments  ·  Other  ·  Flag idea as inappropriate…  ·  Admin →
                                      • Slight mod to new servicing/patching model

                                        I'm a big fan of the new CU based model except...the CUs are getting big. Maybe release 2 updates with each CU
                                        1. The full CU as you do right now.
                                        2. a delta CU from the last CU. I don't think you need to go any further back than that. option 1 will cover all other scenarios.

                                        Also applies to Win 10

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                                        • "On-Premesis" CRL distribution

                                          Create a capability to have on-premises copies of CRLs, that machines can be redirected to via Group Policy.

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