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  1. 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…

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    • Nano Server DHCP

      Hello Team !!!

      Would be great add role DHCP to Nano Server added to DNS Server, will be a great stack network services.

      48 votes
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      • Improve MySQL support: Crashes with ssl-ceritificates and during usage

        Further information here: https://bugs.mysql.com/bug.php?id=84690
        MySQL also crashes during usage on nano server with exception 0xc000001d - no further details.
        Only occuring on nano server 2016 running on Hyper-V 2012.
        Tried a lot and all updates are installed.

        2 votes
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        • Better mmc tool support for workgroup scenario

          Please make Server Management and other mmc tools to work better if using Nano server in a work group. Now all remote Gui tools are relying on AD domain authentification. We might have scenarios where Nano hyper-v host will be placed in workgroup and not domain.

          1 vote
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          • Add keyboard locale choose menu in Nano recovery mode

            Hello,

            We have only eu-us keyboard in Nano recovery console. It's very difficult for non-english keyboard users to type their passwords.
            Thx.

            7 votes
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            • Install Nano from WDS / MDT / SCCM

              It will be a great idea to allow the installation of this new bare metal OS through the already high use Microsoft Deployment Technologies. This will allow the people to change the setup of these servers when needed and can be highly configurable once and deploy multiple types of systems (Hyper-V / DNS etc) by just change the settings on the deployment system / server.
              Such as:
              - Change the hostname during deployment.
              - Join a Domain during deployment
              - Add Roles / Features during deployment
              - Manageable via already standard methods.
              The need to build multiple VHDX / USB…

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              • 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.

                2 votes
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                • 4 votes
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                  • Improve Tomcat support: Installing tomcat as a service simply not working

                    Using "tomcat8 //IS//..."-commands simply do not work on nano server 2016. Calling such tomcat8-commands do not return any error, but do not do somehting either. Installing tomcat as service seems to work after calling, but it does not affect the services. No new service there callig "get-service"... Starting tomcat 8 in power shell ist working, but no option in productive enviroment. Problem occures on nano server only...

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                    • WDS Services on Nano would be a great thing

                      Add the ability to run WDS on Nano this and MDT services would make nano a great appliance for deployment services.

                      17 votes
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                      • New-NanoServerImage cmdlet does not use -logpath location

                        I am trying to create 100s of nanoserver images using the new-nanoserverimage cmdlet. To parallelize the operation I am running the new-nanoserver image cmdlet as a job within the Start-Job block.
                        The $Logpath variable changes with each iteration of my while loop. But, I find that on execution some of the jobs start writing to the logs at the default location and throwing an error as there are n number of jobs running the same command simultaneously.

                        ERROR MESSAGE:
                        The process cannot access the file 'C:\Users\administrator.DOMAIN\AppData\Local\Temp\NanoServerImageGenerator.log'
                        because it is being used by another process.
                        + CategoryInfo : OpenError: (:) [Out-File],…

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                        • Backup Nano Server

                          It would be great to add something like Windows Backup functionality. I need to have way to backup and restore of configured instances of Nano servers.

                          8 votes
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                          • Nano Server Image Builder: Allow creation of ISO files without the need of a USB drive

                            With the Nano Server Image Builder it should be possible to directly create a bootable .iso file or a .wim file (for WDS). This would be much more useful than creating a UBS Stick. Today most of the servers get installed remote over BMC (iLO, iDRAC etc.) and not by plugging in a physical UBS Stick directly to the physical host. Also in virtualized environments, the need of a USB Stick is an unnecessary hurdle. For example, when you are running the Nano Server Image Builder on a virtualized management server you cannot simple plugin in a USB drive. But…

                            7 votes
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                            • 8 votes
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                              • 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.

                                4 votes
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                                • DirectAccess

                                  The DA [AKA Direct Access and DirectAccess ] would be a great feature role to have

                                  2 votes
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                                  • Nano grows too fast too big with every update

                                    Nano grows too fast too big with every update. I guess this may be better when patching /DISM offline, but I would like to understand the best way to keep nano small disc footprint

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                                    • 4 votes
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                                      • IIS Media Services support for Nano Server?

                                        Does Nano server support IIS Media Services? If not, can this be added? That would be nice!

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                                        • 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

                                          15 votes
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