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      20 comments  ·  General Feedback » Licensing, SKU, & Edition  ·  Flag idea as inappropriate…  ·  Admin →
      Andrew Macaulay commented  · 

      Given that the Essentials Role seems to be just a set of .NET applications and services with a set of pre-requisites in the server setup, why not release an official Essentials 2016 Role Add-On setup which could be used on Server 2019 (an official version of the Office Maven's approach) - allowing the Essentials "Role" to be updated automatically (in step with 2016). Much the same as when the Media Streaming capability was offered as an optional module in 2012 R2 Essentials.

      Although the 2019 Essentials SKU no longer has Remote Desktop Services, this would allow SMB and Home users to get access to the client backup and other capabilities on 2019 Standard Edition (and maybe just limited to be without Remote Desktop on the Essentials SKU, which is not needed by everyone anyway).

      This approach would at least show willing to the SMB and Home users, without a significant investment - and could provide some decent telemetry about usage, for any changes in Server vNext.

      Alternatively, and following what has been done in many other areas by Microsoft, how about Open Sourcing the Essentials Role - allowing it to be taken forward by the community and live for as long as the demand is there?

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        11 comments  ·  General Feedback » Bug  ·  Flag idea as inappropriate…  ·  Admin →
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        • 11 votes
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            • 9 votes
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                  0 comments  ·  Essentials » General  ·  Flag idea as inappropriate…  ·  Admin →
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                    3 comments  ·  General Feedback » Shell, GUI, & Explorer  ·  Flag idea as inappropriate…  ·  Admin →
                    Andrew Macaulay commented  · 

                    This should be a general feature across all versions of Windows (Windows 10 as well as Server)

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                        1 comment  ·  General Feedback » Applications & Add-ons  ·  Flag idea as inappropriate…  ·  Admin →
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                          1 comment  ·  General Feedback » Misc  ·  Flag idea as inappropriate…  ·  Admin →
                          Andrew Macaulay commented  · 

                          This would be especially important on the Essentials SKU or role, where the built in backup is monitored as part of the health check, so 3rd party tools would trigger alerts which would need to be ignored (not a great idea).

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                              1 comment  ·  Essentials  ·  Flag idea as inappropriate…  ·  Admin →
                              Andrew Macaulay commented  · 

                              Thinking more about this, it could be something that was only enabled through the registry, so that the default group policy for domain connected machines would remove the option.

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                              • 8 votes
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                                  1 comment  ·  Essentials  ·  Flag idea as inappropriate…  ·  Admin →
                                  Andrew Macaulay commented  · 

                                  I have a specific use case (home user) where I would like to be able to run some home automation software (which happens to be Linux based) on the server, so HyperV in this instance would also be ideal. As it stands I will probably have to run it under Oracle's VirtualBox :-(

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