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  1. Extended setup wizard in next Version of Windows Server Essentials to allow choice between physical and virtual Installation

    From the licensing perspective Windows Server 2016 includes the usage rights for one physical installation of Windows Server 2016 Essentials or for a virtual installation of Windows Server 2016 Essentials including Hyper-V. The physical setup is done very easy by the installation wizards but the virtual setup of Essentials including Hyper-V has to be done manually. Please add an option to chose between physical and virtual setup of Essentials and extend the setup wizard to deploy the virtualized scenario of Essentials automatically. This would be great for the next version of Windows Server Essentials!

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    • Enable Windows Server Essentials Media Pack for Server 2016

      Enable Windows Server Essentials Media Pack for Server 2016

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      • Configure Azure Backup fail on Windows Server 2016 Essentials Dashboard

        Configure Azure Backup fail on Windows Server 2016 Essentials (Japanese) Dashboard.
        It seems like "SetMachinePassphrase request failed".

        Log is below.

        [9248] 170611.195806.8596: General: Initializing...C:\Windows\System32\Essentials\OnlineBackupGettingStartedWizard.exe
        [9248] 170611.195806.9064: OnlineBackupObjectModel: OnlineBackupBacked created successfully.
        [9248] 170611.195807.0002: OnlineBackupObjectModel: Async connect called
        [9248] 170611.195807.0939: PfBinding: Information: [0] : Adding service dns identity [WS2016E] in proxy endpoint.
        [9248] 170611.195807.1564: OnlineBackupObjectModel: OnlineBackup connector created
        [9248] 170611.195807.1564: OnlineBackupObjectModel: Set connection identifier to 1
        [9248] 170611.195807.1721: StorageOM: StorageBacked created successfully.
        [9248] 170611.195807.1721: StorageOM: Set connection identifier to 1
        [7068] 170611.195810.2978: StorageOM: Getting storage data from server
        [10112] 170611.195834.6420: OnlineBackupObjectModel: Start Online Backup service
        [10112] 170611.195839.5951: MailServiceUtils: Try to Refresh Tab,…

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        • Install client connector for Windows Server 2016 Essentials fails when IPv4 and IPv6 are enabled on network

          Client connector install wizard fails when IPv4 and IPv6 are enabled on local network.
          This issue is caused by name resolution problem on IPv6 during join active directory domain.

          Connector should set both IPv4 DNS server address and IPv6 DNS server address on client computer to Essentials Server's IP automatically.

          Client connector

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          • Windows Server 2016 Essentials VPN

            Fix the issue where after a few days the VPN will connect and then immediately disconnect on Windows Server 2016 Essentials when using a "remotewebaccess" domain. If the services for the Remote Access role are restarted the VPN connection will stay connected but will show no internet access. The whole server needs to be restarted to make the connection work properly again. Having to restart a server operating system every two to three days is not very reassuring.

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            • Azure Site Recovery Integration issue in Server 2016 Essentials

              I'm facing an issue on Azure Site Recovery Integration in server 2016 Essentials(Japanese).
              I can see VMs on server dashboard and click [Enable replication to Azure], sign in Azure.
              But, I can't choose region of subscription.

              When I change system language, I can select region of Azure.

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              • SIP address overwritten (breaking Skype Business) when alias added via Dashboard

                Summary: SIP address overwritten (breaking Skype Business) in Office 365 when email alias added via Dashboard.

                The problem is explained in perfect detail at the link below. It does still happen with current Essentials 2016, and it happened in the previous version, too (2012R2).

                All you need to do is use the Essentials Dashboard to add an email alias to a user in an Office 365 tenant that also has Skype for Business. Then edit that user's mailbox in EAC and look at the Email Addresses section. The new SMTP alias will be there, but the SIP entry that had…

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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

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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.

                      6 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.

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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!

                                3 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.

                                  7 votes
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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…

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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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