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  1. 74 votes
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    • First Home Server was discontinued, now 2016 doesn't support Media Services

      Re-enable what has been possible for more than a decade. Use Windows Server on a home network to store photos and videos, and see them through compatible displays using Media Services.

      See here for details:

      https://social.technet.microsoft.com/Forums/en-US/ca11312a-6eef-4eee-a797-77ea5ecd3dd9/how-to-enable-windows-media-services-in-windows-server-2016-tech-preview-4?forum=WinServerPreview

      12 votes
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      • Essentials: Provide option to run "Client Backup Cleanup" from Dashboard, and show progress

        As with versions of Windows Home Server/2011, it would be really useful to be able to be able to request a manual run of the backup cleanup task from the UI and have some feedback on progress.

        5 votes
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        • Provide Essentials Role with more advanced scheduling for Backups

          Building on the suggestion for more flexibility in Windows Server Backup Scheduling (and added as separate suggestion to make it more visible), given that the Server Essentials SKU (and role) is aimed at simplifying SME deployments, using the Essentials Dashboard to provide a more comprehensive scheduling capability for Windows Backup (i.e. driving it through Task Scheduler) such as different sets of disks to be backed up on different days, backups on specific days, etc. as an Advanced option from the Dashboard would allow SMEs and home users to use WSE without having to consider 3rd party backups for more complex…

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          • Essentials: Allow Server Essentials Connector (client) to autologon when not on domain

            When a machine is not joined to the Essentials domain, for example when on another domain or wanting to stay non-domain joined, it would be great if you could configure the connector client to either autologon with a saved password (as it was in WHS) or at least pass through the existing username/password.

            3 votes
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            • For Windows Server Essentials (role and SKU) allow ability to load client backup for file restore directly on the server

              When you have a single, large file that you want to restore from the Client Backups in the Essentials role, it can take a huge amount of time to restore the file to a client machine (some of which will be network). It would be much better for these situations if you could effectively "mount" a backup locally on the server to restore the files within the server and then copy them from the server back to the client - or a command line to specify the file manually to restore from the client backups. Currently trying to restore a…

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              • Bring back ability to remember passwords on Server Essentials Launchpad

                For those situations where domain membership is not appropriate (machines primarily Microsoft Account connected) or is an issue (where domain connected at work), which I agree is typically home environments rather than business, it would be really useful to allow the Launchpad to retain the password and to ensure that non-domain connected clients remain correctly logged onto the server. This was there in the original WHS and was really beneficial.

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                • Provide access to the Client Backup app from the Launchpad Notification Icon Context Menu

                  It would be really useful to offer the Client Backup on the context menu for the connector's notification icon - in addition to being able to open the Launchpad and the Dashboard from this menu. In almost all cases, the only time I access the Launchpad itself is to get to the Client Backup!

                  2 votes
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                  • Windows Essentials Server virtualization (licensing feature)

                    Please allow in EULA that the Windows Essentials Server can used as HYPER-V Host not only for himself, also for other HYPER-V guest. That would be an important feature small installations. Many small installation prefer a GUI on HYPER-V host.

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                    • Revive Essentials Experience

                      Right now EE is not usable. The idea behind is brilliant but the implementation is crippled. From RWA to password sync, from managing Exchange and Sharepoint Online to dashboarding mailbox usage and Office 365 plans - everything is greatly appreciated, but we are missing the flexibility and the control.
                      Simple example: I want to announce a shared folder over RWA. Firstly it cannot be a network share from another server (well, there is a workaround rewriting the web.config). Secondly when I define a share for a user, the NTFS permissions are overwritten!
                      I can write tons of improvement suggestions.
                      Or…

                      2 votes
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                      • license server essentials, to run all the individual servers as core or nano with the gui server being for management/business apps only

                        This will allow businesses on a small business budget to still be able to run secure environments. Often SMBs have to give an app vendor admin rights and it would be nice if it wasn't a DA account.

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