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  1. open Server Core default Powershell instead of CMD

    you might want change that a Core Server installation (LTSC Core or SAC Core etc) will startup with a powershell instead of a cmd console.
    it would be awesome if one could select the prefered console via sconfig.
    please also support powershell 7.

    2 votes

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  2. Console Text Editor for Nano and Server Core (and possibly back to Server 2012 Core?)

    We were discussing on GitHub how it would be nice to have a console editor for Nano and Server Core and that it a big contrast to Linux LAMP where there are many choices for this.

    On core, currently some of our teams install Notepad++ because they need at least the ability for both Linux and Unix line endings to parse correctly (notepad fails) because some log files are generated with linux endings (e.g. Cloud Formation local cfn-init/cfn-bootstrap) - a frequent occurrence onsoftware that was ported to Windows from Linux. Just wanted to identify that specific feature as a must…

    29 votes

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  3. Add SSH service to Nano

    Given the headless nature of Nano, please enable a secure remote shell such as SSH in nano. PowerShell remoting is a PITA, and sometimes you just want to quickly run a few commands. SSH is perfect for this.

    64 votes

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  4. Enable Event Log Forwarding

    We are required to forward all Security Event Log entries to a central repository. We use a client based software that performs this for us and SNMP. Since these options are not available to us in Nano Server Window Log Forwarding would be a great feature for Event Log gathering. This should also include PowerShell commands to configure since Group Policy is not available. Configuration should be simplified for both domain joined and non-domain Nano servers.

    4 votes

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  5. Nano should support ASR and DPM agents/extension

    when Nano runs Hyper-V host/cluster it would be good to have capabilities:
    1. to backup gusts VMs using DPM agent installed on host
    2. to replicate guests VMs to Azure using ASR agent installed on host

    4 votes

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  6. Azure extensions for recovery services and diagnostics

    Initial testing of Nano image on Azure VM with premium storage makes a GREAT file server for a web farm of load balanced vms.

    Please enable installation of Azure extensions for diagnostics and recovery services vault.

    Diagnostics so I can be sure I have sized my vm correctly for the work load and backup, well I hope I don't have to explain that one.

    3 votes

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  7. Cluster aware Update Support

    Cluster Aware Update is a very often used tool to automate cluster patching. Actually CAU is not working when executed against a Nano Server based cluster.

    9 votes

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  8. Support of Non-Domain joined Nano Server to change Workgroup Name

    Suggesting the ability to change NanoServer Workgroup Name using PowerShell or Commandline or through Recovery Console.

    The possibility of having different Workgroup name for NanoServer that do not join to a domain in DMZ environment or frontend of an infrastructure environment.

    Using WMIC method does not work in NanoServer to change the Workgroup name:
    WMIC COMPUTERSYSTEM where name='minwinpc' CALL JoinDomainOrWorkgroup Name='MyWorkgroup'

    WMIC Reference:
    https://msdn.microsoft.com/en-us/library/aa392154%28v=vs.85%29.aspx

    Using PowerShell Set-CIMInstance method does not work in NanoServer to change the Workgroup name:
    Get-CimInstance `

     -ClassName Win32_ComputerSystem | `
    
    Set-CimInstance `
    -Property @{Workgroup='MyWorkgroup'} ;

    PowerShell Reference:
    https://technet.microsoft.com/en-us/library/jj590766%28v=wps.630%29.aspx

    TechNet Forum Question:
    https://social.technet.microsoft.com/Forums/windowsserver/en-US/24e21b0d-6b31-47b0-94d8-d98a00d53393/can-nano-server-change-workgroup-name?forum=NanoServer

    20 votes

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  9. IIS

    Hello everyone.
    Thanks for great new Nano Server, congrats for the good job that Microsoft is doing on that.
    My idea is about Nano Server rol mode IIS. I think that should be a great idea implement access via IIS remote Manager (like MMC or Server Manager) in order to manage IIS Nano Server Graphical mode. Some sysadmins really like that option. Please think about it. And please vote this... Thank and good Nano Server roles... Cheers. Jacob.

    7 votes

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  10. Remove 20-character restriction on group member name in net localgroup

    After a Nano Server is added to an Active Directory domain, a specific domain group usually needs to be added to the local administrators group. Since Nano Server does not support Group Policy, this must be done imperatively.

    On a normal server, the following tools can be used to manipulate local group membership from PowerShell:
    - ADSI (the WinNT provider)
    - System.DirectoryServices.AccountManagement classes
    - net.exe (net localgroup)

    Of those three, only net localgroup is avaliable on Nano. However, it suffers from a crippling limitation - the group member name length is limited to 20 characters. In an AD environment where…

    14 votes

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  11. Support Sysmon

    Sysmon should be supported in Nano Server.

    24 votes

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  12. Provide bash on Nano (Windows Subsystem for Linux)

    It would be great to have the Subsystem for Linux running on Nano as well, similar to how this is implemented in Windows 10.

    39 votes

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  13. Recovery/Administrator Console - Customisation

    Allow an administrator/developer to extend/replace the recover console with a custom console application; idea would be something like a type of non-graphical MMC

    3 votes

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  14. snmp support

    Not sure if SNMP is supported in Nano Server or not. If not, it should support

    4 votes

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  15. Provide remote MMC for all supported roles

    Please provide a remote MMC management for all roles that can be implemented.
    Currently for example IIS cannot be managed via remote MMC, but rather either utilizing PS or appcmd.exe.
    This is not the windows way.

    11 votes

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  16. GPRegistryPolicy and GPRegistryPolicyParser modul, both uses non-standard verbs in function names

    GPRegistryPolicy and GPRegistryPolicyParser, both uses non-standard verbs in function names.. warning is generated when loading them. Should use standard PowerShell verbs.

    1 vote

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  17. vim editor

    It would be great if nano server had a great text editor like vim in it's arsenal. Vim is very well used in Linux and provides very powerful tools for find a replace in text editing copy and pasting etc. Having a text editor like this would definitely be beneficial. Unless you already have something like this already on Windows nano server then fair enough.

    13 votes

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  18. Screen application

    It would be great to have screen module installed. In linux this allows you to create a session that you can attach and de-attach to when you remote into the server.

    This feature would be amazing as if you're installing software or you have commands you have ran in a power shell and you want to continue where you left off if you get disconnected due to a internet failure on your end you can continue running the application.

    1 vote

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  19. Cooperate with Puppet to make installation packages for Nano server

    Need Puppet-agent installation package that can be installed on Nano server (And windows Core).

    9 votes

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  20. More sophisticated Nano UI

    Enable/Disable Firewall - because sometimes things get messy
    Edit Firewall rules - e.g. no remote mgmt allowed from other subnets, cannot change scope

    Reset NIC - Ran into problems where NIC IP and gateway couldn't be changed and DHCP couldn't be enabled

    Or just port sconfig from Core to Nano

    1 vote

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