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  1. Role Based Access Control

    Role based access control for both the Admin Site and the Tenant Site. A Microsoft Azure configuration might then also become a possibility where there is a single portal (Admin and Tenant merged) where the permissions are forced through RBAC

    247 votes
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      3 comments  ·  Security and Identity  ·  Flag idea as inappropriate…  ·  Admin →
    • Support for ITSM integration (like service manager)

      Allow for integration (through API) with ITSM solutions. For example with ticketing or the service catalog

      184 votes
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        7 comments  ·  (Other)  ·  Flag idea as inappropriate…  ·  Admin →

        Thank you for the feedback, votes, and comments! I encourage you all to look into our partner solution by GridPro which enables a integration with Service Manager and brings ticketing capabilities to Azure Pack. Other than ones mentioned, are there specific scenarios you are trying to enable you that make this a must-have feature?

      • Create and restore checkpoints from the tenant portal

        Allow a tenant to create and restore a checkpoint of a virtual machine in the Tenant Site

        173 votes
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          4 comments  ·  IAAS  ·  Flag idea as inappropriate…  ·  Admin →
        • Single pane of glass. Manage Azure subscribtions from Azure Pack and reverse

          Not with an additional resource provider, but merge the entries in the same portal.

          169 votes
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            2 comments  ·  Setup and Configuration  ·  Flag idea as inappropriate…  ·  Admin →
          • Build a graphical runbook design console for SMA with drag and drop items

            (like Orchestrator) and also provide prebuild powershell workflows as integration packs

            164 votes
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              0 comments  ·  Service Management Automation  ·  Flag idea as inappropriate…  ·  Admin →
            • Allow tenants to protect and recover their virtual machines

              It is very important for tenants to have control over backup and recovery of the VMs they created in their Windows Azure Pack VM Clouds. It should be possible to backup VMs while online and recover while offline.

              129 votes
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                4 comments  ·  IAAS  ·  Flag idea as inappropriate…  ·  Admin →
              • 124 votes
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                  1 comment  ·  IAAS  ·  Flag idea as inappropriate…  ·  Admin →
                • Option to select between differencing disk or dedicated disks for a VM Role

                  When a VM Role is deployed, automatically differencing disks are used. This created additional management lifecycle and performance challenges. The possibility to choose between differencing disk and dedicated disks would prevent a lot of challenges

                  119 votes
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                    7 comments  ·  IAAS  ·  Flag idea as inappropriate…  ·  Admin →
                  • Please add table and blob storage

                    one of the coolest features of azure and cloud os is abstracted storage, havign this in azure pack would be great :)

                    118 votes
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                      1 comment  ·  (Other)  ·  Flag idea as inappropriate…  ·  Admin →
                    • Multiple external IP Address support per virtual network in WAP with HNV Gateway

                      In WAP only one external IP address from Windows Azure Pack is possible on a virtual network. If multiple virtual machines require a NAT rule on the same port (for instance 443) then multiple external IP addresses are required.

                      105 votes
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                        7 comments  ·  IAAS  ·  Flag idea as inappropriate…  ·  Admin →
                      • 91 votes
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                          0 comments  ·  IAAS  ·  Flag idea as inappropriate…  ·  Admin →
                        • Allow regular powershell scripts instead of workflows in SMA

                          Most people find PowerShell workflows frustrating to work with, especially given the lack of a good debugging story. SMA should allow "regular" PowerShell code, not just workflows.

                          79 votes
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                            5 comments  ·  Service Management Automation  ·  Flag idea as inappropriate…  ·  Admin →
                          • Runbook as a service

                            Allow a tenant to run and author ans schedule runbooks from the Tenant Site.

                            73 votes
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                              7 comments  ·  Service Management Automation  ·  Flag idea as inappropriate…  ·  Admin →

                              Just to confirm the request, this is around having the complete SMA experience for tenants, correct? Should tenants be allowed to author their own runbooks? Or are you looking to have the admin provide runbook content for the tenants so that they can run and schedule approved runbooks?

                            • Multitenant AD and ADFS

                              Service Providers are moving from dedicated environment per tenant to automated shared environments. Active Directory and Federation forms challenges in these scenarios. Making these services truely multitenant and allow tenant interaction though Azure Pack helps Service Providers overcome these challenges.

                              70 votes
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                                1 comment  ·  Security and Identity  ·  Flag idea as inappropriate…  ·  Admin →
                              • 64 votes
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                                  3 comments  ·  IAAS  ·  Flag idea as inappropriate…  ·  Admin →
                                • Hoster Scenario - SPLA license usage automatic reporting for IaaS workloads

                                  Goal Nr.1 – Make it possible for tenants to order/request and consume SPLA licenses for their IaaS workloads both CPU/Core based and SALs.
                                  Goal Nr.2 – Based on Tenant VM Roles deployed, amount of Cores in instances and based on SPLA user-based licenses requested by Tenant generate aggregated monthly Tenant SPLA license usage report. Make it possible to link SPLA SKUs to VM Roles both user based and Core based.
                                  Goal Nr.3 – Calculate Fabric SPLA license usage monthly report based on license model chosen – Cloud platform suite/Core Infra enrollment, amount of Hyper-V hosts in Fabric (production). Partially can…

                                  61 votes
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                                    1 comment  ·  IAAS  ·  Flag idea as inappropriate…  ·  Admin →
                                  • Let us deploy Web/Worker Roles from Packages

                                    As an ISV/developer/administrator I want to be able to deploy a *.cspkg describing web/worker roles to Azure Pack. This provides me a number of benefits:

                                    - Easier testing of deployments for Public Cloud by mimicking environment on premise
                                    - Easily refresh finicky VMs without any effort
                                    - Easily scale resources
                                    - More deployment options for customers of my product, meaning they can easily deploy a cloud-like distributed service on premise or in the cloud with a similar amount of effort
                                    - Let me fail over to a privately managed deployment in emergencies

                                    Given the complexity of deploying such services I…

                                    56 votes
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                                      2 comments  ·  Web Sites  ·  Flag idea as inappropriate…  ·  Admin →
                                    • Allow Tenants to author and import their own defined VM Roles in WAP Tenant portal and Azure

                                      Currently only Fabric administrator can import VM Roles. TenantPublicAPI and VM Roles offers great capabilities for ultimate automation, Tenants would love ability to import their defined VM Roles or define custom VM Role in Tenant Portal and automate initial deployment and scaling.
                                      As not properly defined Tenant VM Roles may cause issues Fabric administrators should have ability to disable malfunctioning Tenant VM Roles.
                                      Ideally same Tenant defined VM Roles should work both in WAP and Azure.

                                      52 votes
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                                        0 comments  ·  IAAS  ·  Flag idea as inappropriate…  ·  Admin →
                                      • Allow tenant to enable Hyper-V replica

                                        Allow a tenant to enable Hyper-V replica for virtual machines in his subscription.

                                        51 votes
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                                          0 comments  ·  IAAS  ·  Flag idea as inappropriate…  ·  Admin →
                                        • Choose a subnet when modifying the network settings for a VM.

                                          Today, we can add several address spaces inside a virtual network on the portal, but when setting a particular VM, we can only choose the virtual network, not the subnet (which is present when viewing into the VMM console)

                                          51 votes
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