Cloud Services (Web and Worker Role)

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  1. Provide multiple roles per instance

    Enables you to host more than one application on one Azure compute instance. Suitable for small departmental servers.

    968 votes
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    • Allow a Role instance count of 0

      In many scenarios it is useful to have a role that is only run for certain periods of the day. At present this is very complex to achieve as it involved using the management API to deploy and undeploy a whole service (from Blob storage). it would be much more elegant if the role count could be set to Zero thus undeploying all instances of just that role. In this way other services in the project could use the management API to start and stop just that Role.

      632 votes
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      • Multiple SSL and Domains to One App

        We have a multi-tenant application where each client has their own domain name mapped to the service. They also require an SSL certificate so that both http:// and https:// are working. As far as I know, SSL requires a unique IP for each certificate. Multi-domain certificates won't work because they support a limited number of domains and aren't flexible enough to handle adding/removing sites.

        Our existing infrastructure uses ARR on Windows 2008 to handle SSL and then load balance out to the web servers without SSL. Perhaps multiple IP support on Azure VM roles would work?

        449 votes
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        • Pick a DNS name for Staging

          After migrating a couple of sites to Azure the one request I have is “I want to choose my staging environment domain name (e.g. myApp.cloudapp.net)”.

          I need this for several reasons:
          1. SSL – The sites we deploy have SSL certificates and I want to be able to cover my staging site with a multiple domain (UUC) certificate.

          2. WCF – If I have WCF services as part of my deployment, I do not know their URL (generated GUID) until after I deploy. I would like to know the WCF URLs in advance so my configuration does not have to…

          429 votes
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          • Support partial updates to deployments

            Each time I need to change any component on my deployments, i need to repackage everything and upload the whole thing. As my packages grow in size & complexity, this becomes quite timetaking and not so well. I suggest to please support selective component updates

            134 votes
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            • Allow the instance size to be changed without redeploying

              allow changing instance size of web role (extra small, small, ...) through the management portal without having to redeploy the application

              122 votes
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              • Support Git deployment for Cloud Services

                As what we can do with Azure Website.

                117 votes
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                  5 comments  ·  Flag idea as inappropriate…  ·  Admin →
                  started  ·  Mohit SrivastavaMohit Srivastava responded

                  This will be possible via the Git support in the TFS Service (tfs.visualstudio.com) by the end of the year.

                  Thanks for the feedback.

                • Warm up IIS applications in WebRole

                  By default the web application in a web role is not loaded until the first request is issued against the role. In large applications the loading time for the first page can be quite long which gives a very bad experience for users and search engines.

                  IIS provides some features to avoid this, but it complicated to use them in Azure:
                  http://fabriccontroller.net/blog/posts/iis-8-0-application-initialization-module-in-a-windows-azure-web-role/
                  http://stackoverflow.com/questions/9580218/automatic-start-of-azure-webrole-after-deploy

                  I'd like to suggest the following:
                  Azure should support application warm up out of the box - when a role is restarted due to redeployment or maintainance, the warm up should be done automatically. The admin might…

                  78 votes
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                    under review  ·  1 comment  ·  Flag idea as inappropriate…  ·  Admin →
                  • Make CloudConfigurationManager.GetSetting("setting") less verbose

                    Each calls to CloudConfigurationManager.GetSetting("setting") generate garbage in the trace outputs. Its not necessary and very annoying when analysing output traces.

                    The simple statement CloudConfigurationManager.GetSetting("setting") generates this:
                    Getting "setting" from ServiceRuntime: FAIL.
                    Getting "setting" from ConfigurationManager: PASS (0).

                    71 votes
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                    • Provide https on *.cloudapp.net apps/services

                      At the moment an app running with as a sub-domain of cloudapp.net cannot use https for passing passwords or other secure info. It would be very cool if Microsoft provided a SSL certificate which was valid for all *.cloudapp.net URLs.

                      55 votes
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                      • Support DirectX and DirectCompute functionality in web and worker roles

                        Worker roles need often access to DirectX or DirectCompute libraries in order to perform CAD processing based on GPU even in case the cloud-hardware would not have graphic cards available.
                        The cloud hardware should insted provide CPU and GPU clusters.

                        53 votes
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                        • Allow cscfg/csdef to support app.config/web.config settings

                          I should be able to configure IIS application pool settings from my cscfg and csdef files.

                          50 votes
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                          • Access the deployment error log from the management portal and Visual Studio

                            Since deployment error are not uncommon, and many times you cannot use Remote Desktop in order to view the Windows Azure Log in the instance which constantly keeps recycling, access to the deployment error log from the management portal could save us developers a lot of headache, and a lot of support calls for you MS guys

                            42 votes
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                            • Enable custom configuration sections in csdef/cscfg as in app.config.

                              Currently the cloud configuration files work like having only a bunch of appSettings in the configuration file. We are having to use app.config files albeit the need to redeploy our application after each configuration change because of the richness provided by app.config. It would be really awesome if we could copy-past our configuration from app.config into csdef/cscfg files.

                              Thanks.

                              41 votes
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                                • Ruby Support

                                  Add Ruby (and Rails) as a first class citizen to web roles.

                                  38 votes
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                                  • Support a shared configuration section with configuration values used by all roles

                                    This will prevent a lot of duplicate configuration values in the configuration file.
                                    Database connection strings, storage connection strings, queue names etc are likely to be used by more roles in a project.

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                                    • Windows Azure cannot perform a VIP swap between deployments that have a different number of endpoints.

                                      We constantly get the error "Windows Azure cannot perform a VIP swap between deployments that have a different number of endpoints."

                                      This is the worst error, you have spent a ton of time coordinating a date to do a VIP swap to release a new version and then right when you've doing the swap you get this error message and your entire promotion is ruined. All the alternatives (redeploy over production, DNS changes) are either too risky or difficult to coordinate.

                                      36 votes
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                                      • Endpoints should allow reuse of private ports

                                        Azure does not allow the mapping of multiple public ports to the same private port.

                                        For example this is not allowed
                                        Public 80 - Private 80
                                        Public 8080 - Private 80

                                        This is required functionality when trying to bypass a load balanced end point. Very useful for services like pingdom to monitor all nodes in a webfarm. Useful in reverse proxy scenarios. Useful for fail over.

                                        As a matter of fact, the endpoints feature of azure is plain pathetic.

                                        Some missing features:
                                        1. Add more ip addresses to a cloud service, and configure endpoints through cloud service not through virtual…

                                        35 votes
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                                        • Email notification for Azure guest OS new updates before Microsoft applies these on VM's

                                          Microsoft should send an email alert to the Azure service administrators before applying Guest OS updates. If a developer do not mention Guest OS version in Azure config file then Microsoft keeps updating the VM with latest releases and patches which is fine, but Microsoft should send an email alert 1 or 2 days earlier before applying any update to the VM's.

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