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  1. Web Sites in vnets and affinity groups

    There should be an option to add web site to affinity group or vnet. In example: I have my own MariaDB/Linux server as VM in vnet/affinity group and I want to connect my Web Site with this DB. I wish to have both in one affinity group to get better performance and in one vnet to get it in separate network (without openning DB server to web site shared IP). Web Site should have an option to:

    1) have an external, shared IP as it is right now
    2) have an internal IP from vnet namespace

    In this option, if…

    349 votes
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      4 comments  ·  Flag idea as inappropriate…  ·  Admin →
      planned  ·  Erez BenariErez Benari responded

      Hi Michal, and thanks for your note. We are working on supporting this in the future. Please visit our blogs regularly for updates about new features and abilities.

    • spydy

      Please Give SPDY(http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/SPDY) for Azure Web/Cloud sites

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        3 comments  ·  Flag idea as inappropriate…  ·  Admin →
        planned  ·  Erez BenariErez Benari responded

        Thank you for contacting the Azure Web Sites team, James. We are currently planning supporting SPDY. Please note that this is a low-level change that requires efforts across multiple teams within Microsoft, and therefore will take a significant amount of time.

      • Implement the ability to move/change datacenter so I can easily move a website running reserved mode from fx North Europe to West Europe.

        Implement the ability to move/change datacenter so I can easily move a website running reserved mode from fx North Europe to West Europe.

        189 votes
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        • Add deploy support for Ruby (Rails/Sinatra...) applications

          Ruby on Rails and other Ruby frameworks are now very popular, it would be great to have support for that!

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            under review  ·  Erez BenariErez Benari responded

            Thanks for your suggestion, Luca. We recognize the value of Ruby and we will consider this.

          • Allow Web Sites join to a Cloud-Only Virtual Network

            So Web Sites can securely communicate with other Web Sites, Cloud Services e VMs.

            Other ideas like this were marked as complete, but the actual solution is for Hybrid Connections, not Cloud-Only Virtual Networks...

            149 votes
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            • Transfer websites and other assets from one subscription to another.

              Often websites, databases, and other assets are being developed on a free subscription, then the project grows and there's no way to transfer these to a paid subscription. The website has to be taken offline (so the prefix can be re-used), then has to be re-created in the new subscription.

              There should be an easy way to move things from one subscription to another.

              84 votes
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                0 comments  ·  Flag idea as inappropriate…  ·  Admin →
                planned  ·  Erez BenariErez Benari responded

                Thanks for contacting the Windows Azure Web Sites team, Russ. We are looking into enabling this for customers. Until then, you can perform this operation by contacting Microsoft support.

              • 1 record to verify domain ownership instead of 1 for every single hostname.

                Right now to add a custom domain you have to create a CNAME to verify ownership of the domain, but you have to do it for every single record you create. Incredibly inefficient and unnecessary. If I can create one record for the domain, I can create any number. Requiring a CNAME for every single DNS record is absolutely pointless, and creates a bunch of unnecessary back and forth with DNS providers. One record to verify the root of the domain should be enough. Once it's been verified I should be able to add any number of custom subdomains under…

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                  3 comments  ·  Flag idea as inappropriate…  ·  Admin →
                • Support OWIN Self-Hosting In Azure Websites

                  Make it possible to publish an OWIN self-hosted web application with Azure websites instead of just the Web-Roles and VM instances.

                  53 votes
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                  • Please update the instructions & hints on "Manage Domains" modal with accurate instructions!

                    Currently the instructions and hints within the "Manage Domains" modal are inaccurate (have been for over a year or 2). This is causing a lot of wasted time and effort for something that should take 10 minutes. In many cases (especially for wildcard/dynamic subdomains) the frustration caused by trying to implement the instructions (which never work regardless of how many variations on the instructions are tried) are causing developers to abandon Websites in favor of Cloud Servers, and with the sacrifice of important Website features. This should not be a trade off!

                    42 votes
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                      planned  ·  Erez BenariErez Benari responded

                      Hello, Kaz, and thanks for your note. We are working on revamping the domain management capabilities, as well as the instructions fo rthem.

                    • Allow customers to replace the ".azurewebsites.net" domain with a custom domain.

                      Allow customers to replace the ".azurewebsites.net" domain with a custom domain for the default. For example: "website-name.mycompanywebsites.com"

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                      • Add Ruby on Rails to Azure Web Sites ( http://www.windowsazure.com/en-us/documentation/services/web-sites/ )

                        Azure Web Sites only supports C#, Node.js, PHP, and Python. Please add support for Ruby (and Ruby on Rails).

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                          under review  ·  Erez BenariErez Benari responded

                          Hi Rogelio and thanks for your suggestion. I will take this to the product team and see if this is something we can do.

                        • 34 votes
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                            planned  ·  Erez BenariErez Benari responded

                            Thanks for your note, Andrew. We do have some changes and updates planned for hosting plans to make it easier to use. Please check back on our blogs for updates.

                          • Allow map azure file share (Microsoft Azure File Service)

                            Allow access using SMB to an Azure File Share from Azure Web Sites

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                              under review  ·  Erez BenariErez Benari responded

                              Thanks for your note, Alejandro. We will take a look at this and see what we can do.

                            • Add support for Caching Service

                              Similar to how you can split a web role and use some memory for a shared cache. Would be great if you could configure a reserved website in the same fashion. Would allow us to make use of caching in our websites without having to spawn an additional cloud service.

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                                planned  ·  Erez BenariErez Benari responded

                                Hi David. Thanks for this suggestion. Caching is under current in planning.

                              • Add some FTP users

                                some customer want to add FTP users to Single WebSite to ensure same operational model as today. Can we consider it to add current FTP services?
                                Like:
                                user1.domain\servicesname
                                user2.domain\servicesname

                                24 votes
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                                  under review  ·  Erez BenariErez Benari responded

                                  Hello, Daiyu, and thank you for getting in touch. We will look into this as soon as we can.

                                • Allow Web Hosting Plans to be Shared Across Resource Groups

                                  One of the nice things about using Standard scale in the current azure websites model is that multiple sites can share the same fixed scaling cost if they all live in the same data center. This allows for some significant cost savings when creating a lot of low traffic sites as all sites created in that data center live in the Standard instance VMs and are charged a fixed single cost for Standard scaling rather than being charged individually for each site. In other words, for x number of sites that live in the same data center and are scaled…

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                                    1 comment  ·  Websites  ·  Flag idea as inappropriate…  ·  Admin →
                                  • Smarter domain name handling across accounts

                                    Please look at this issue on S.O: http://stackoverflow.com/questions/21548803/awverify-not-propergating It looks like Azure is not allowing two website (even in different accounts) to use the same host names. If someone with an unrelated account to yours has a host name set (legacy or by accident) that matched yours. This could be catastrophic! I'm hoping there is a smart way to handle this to ensure that this type of collision does not occur for others. Is it possible that an "awverified" domain that is later lost (but remains set up as a hostname in azure) and bought by someone else also using…

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                                      planned  ·  Erez BenariErez Benari responded

                                      Hello, Debs. We are working on revamping the domain management capabilities, as well as the instructions fo rthem.

                                    • Monitoring for the reserved server my reserved websites are running on

                                      Monitoring a single website in Azure is great, but you can run up to 100 or 200 websites on 1 reserved server. I have no idea how my reserved SERVER is performing. Show me the metrics.

                                      The data is available somewhere, because autoscale uses it to autoscale your reserved websites. I would also like to see it somewhere in the management portal.

                                      16 votes
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                                        planned  ·  Erez BenariErez Benari responded

                                        Thank you for contacting the Windows Azure Web Sites team, Michiel. We are currently planning changes to the monitoring options and hopefully, this will address your needs. Please subscribe to our blog at http://www.windowsazure.com/en-us/community/blog/ and keep an eye out for Azure Web Sites related posts about new features and abilityes.

                                      • redirect HTTP requests for /index.html to / on BLOB requests like Amazon S3 does. This will allow users to publish complete static sites.

                                        Basically, emulate the way Amazon does it for S3. Right now BLOB+CDN is useless for people who use static website generators like Jekyll

                                        15 votes
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                                          0 comments  ·  azure.microsoft.com  ·  Flag idea as inappropriate…  ·  Admin →
                                          under review  ·  Erez BenariErez Benari responded

                                          Hi Francis. Thanks for reaching out. We will look into this as soon as we can.

                                        • First-Class Support for Composer and PIP

                                          Azure Websites supports NuGet and NPM as first party package managers. It would be nice to see first class support for Composer, a PHP package manager, on Azure Websites to make PHP consistent with the rest of the platform.

                                          Here is an example of how to support Composer: https://github.com/syntaxc4-msft/waws-composer

                                          While the exercise should be fairly straight forward, it would also be nice to support pip on the platform as well to make sure that there is a consistent story for all supported languages.

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