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  1. Add an SSL Certificate domain redirect checkbox

    purchasing an SSL Certificate for a web app in Azure is convenient and straight forward.

    I followed the instructions in this link:

    Buy and Configure an SSL Certificate for your Azure App Service

    https://docs.microsoft.com/en-us/azure/app-service-web/web-sites-purchase-ssl-web-site

    unfortunately, there is a missing step at the end of the procedure. there is no mention on how to configure a web.config rule so that a user is automatically redirected to the secure (https) version of the web site.

    please create a checkbox to easily enable this capability.

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      0 comments  ·  Flag idea as inappropriate…  ·  Admin →

      Hi Stephen,

      Thank you for the feedback. We have opened an item with our documentation team to update this doc you linked to. There are some improvements we can definitely do in this space to make things clearer. More to come!

      Thanks,
      Oded

    • Online Certificate Status Protocol (OCSP) Stapling

      We are seeing some delays in Time To First Byte because OCSP stapling is not active on Azure Web Apps SSL endpoints.
      This causes our clients' browsers to call the issuing CA's endpoint before SSL negotiation can really begin.

      Stapling would save the client browser from having to make an extra request to the CA checking if the certificate has been revoked.

      There is also a potential privacy issue for our clients that the CA will be able to log these requests. If the web server takes care of OCSP on the other hand no requests will be sent from…

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      • Provide access to HTTPERR logs

        Currently, enabling "Web Server Logging" appears to archive only the W3C request logs. The HTTPERR logs are the only way to see any requests that failed or were rejected by the server due to TCP timeouts, idle connections, filled request queues, and similar circumstances.

        https://support.microsoft.com/en-us/kb/820729

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        • Ability to suspend App Service Plans without charge

          To save on costs, we want the ability to shut down an App Service Plan overnight while nobody is using it. We can shut down the Web App itself in an automated fashion, but the App Service Plan still charges us even through there are no running instances. Deleting and rebuilding the App Service and the App Service Plan is an option, but it is messy. Please consider not charging for periods where there are no running resources attached to the App Service Plan.

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          • Make the remote debugging of the WebJob more easly

            The remote debugging function will be more useful, if there is one of the function (or both) I mention below.

            1. Enable remote debugging for the "scheduled" WebJob
            2. Automatically attach the debugger when starting the "continuous" WebJob

            If we want to remote debug a WebJob using Visual Studio, it is only supported for the "continuous" WebJob.
            Thus, if we want to debug a scheduled WebJob, we have to set the WebJob as "continuous", even if it is a "scheduled WebJob".

            However, when we remote debug the continuous web job, we have to start the WebJob before attaching the debugger…

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            • Restart App Service Plan (all Web Apps in a plan), something similar to iisreset, from within the portal

              It would be great to have a restart button, similar to the restart button in a Web App, but on the App Service Plan level to restart all Web Apps in a plan. something similar to iisreset.

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                2 comments  ·  Flag idea as inappropriate…  ·  Admin →

                Hi Ibrahim,

                What issue are you trying to solve? What use case would this be used for?

                It seems to me that placing a restart option on the plan level might do more harm than good, by resetting the memory on all the apps under the plan. Depending on your scenario, auto-heal would be a great solution to solve individual machine issues. See a video by my colleagues here for more details: https://channel9.msdn.com/Series/Windows-Azure-Web-Sites-Tutorials/Auto-Healing-an-Azure-App-Service

                Placing this idea under review for now until I understand what’s at the base of the request here.

                Thanks!
                Oded

              • Improve DNS verification procedure for vendors that host sites others point to

                We host some services and our clients point to them using CNAMEs. We want to move from cloud services to web apps but right now it's a massive pain. We have to notify all our clients to first add TXT records for approval, then approve and then ask all of them to switch to new CNAME. Asking clients to do any DNS changes is already a problem and now we have to coordinate with all of them to first add txt records and then point to new service. This makes the whole process really painful even though we are already…

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                  0 comments  ·  Deployment  ·  Flag idea as inappropriate…  ·  Admin →
                • Provide option to make Diagnostic Logging settings sticky to a slot

                  We make generous use of sticky slot settings. They enable us to swap code without swapping configuration.

                  Unfortunately for our design, diagnostic logging settings cannot be marked as sticky. Before a swap, our production slot might be logging to a production storage account, and our staging slot might be logging to a staging storage account. After the swap, production is logging to stage, and stage is logging to production. This results in muddy log files where one cannot be certain which slot was responsible for which log entries.

                  Please provide an option to make diagnostic logging settings sticky to a…

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                  • Near-realtime consolidated web app consumption

                    We need a consolidated way to see near-realtime CPU and Memory consumption for each Web App per App Service Plan. This way we can quickly identify which apps are consuming the most resources (specifically CPU and Memory) in that App Service Plan.

                    These are the 2 scenarios we run into often:

                    1. We run many web apps in each App Service Plan. We don't want to pay for a new App Service Plan until all memory (or CPU) is consumed on what we currently have. I could rebalance the sites (move some to another plan) if I could easily see…

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                    • Add static IP address for outbound traffic without the use of App Service Environment

                      There are many reasons you may want to have a static IP address for outbound connections. For example, you may be accessing a system which requires you to whitelist IP address in a firewall, such as SQL Database or an external service.

                      Currently, the only way to get a static IP address for outbound connections is to use App Service Environment. App Service Environments are quite complex, and has a very high price tag. You need at least 4 instances, 2 of which must be P2, meaning you'll pay at least 1000 EUR/month. Paying 1000 EUR/month just because you want…

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                        6 comments  ·  Flag idea as inappropriate…  ·  Admin →

                        Thanks for the suggestion. The App Service is a multi tenant service which makes features like this more challenging. Because the App Service Environment is single tenant and runs in your VNet it makes having a static IP for outbound requests from your app possible.

                        Christina

                      • Enable users to create custom error pages for 403 and 503 service unavailable messages

                        Currently 503 errors (service unavailable) present a blank white page with "service unavailable" to the users which is far from professional for us. It would be far better if we could provide a custom 503 page which would include a logo etc., and some text along the lines of "We apologise for the inconvenience, we are working on it. These issues usually resolve in about five minutes. please contact support for further help if required." or something similar.... This error might be caused by Azure network issues, so away from the web app instance.

                        It would also be helpful if…

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                        • Application instance health monitoring and recovery using web tests

                          We've recently suffered a 3 hour outage on our web app due due to the process servicing the web app continuously crashing. After escalating the issue and working with an escalation engineer we have not been able to diagnose the cause (access violation but unfortunately the crash dump was corrupted).

                          However what we have learned is that even with multiple instances running if this was to happen again the unhealthy instance would not be removed from the load balancing and all requests serviced by that instance would fail. According to the escalation engineer the load balancing just detects infrastructure failures,…

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                          • Create Additional App Service Plans with More Memory

                            When running multiple sites or applications on an app service plan with low CPU usage but high memory usage it is possible to run into memory contention which leads to downtime. Auto scaling does not help with this scenario. The "mitigate" feature is useful, but it would be better to offer a few new service levels with additional memory for such application. For example, when using .NET caching for certain objects locally in the OS.

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                            • Improve Java site deployments

                              Deploying a Java application to Azure for the first time is not bad, but incremental updates are very painful. The basic functionality works, but it involved multiple steps that really shouldn't be there.

                              1. Every time that you want to deploy a WAR file, you have to delete the application's exploded directory (ROOT, for example). In order to do this properly, you have to stop the server first. You should be able to simply replace the WAR file (ROOT.war, for example), and have Tomcat take care of updating the application. If you have an application that is large or has…

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                                There are a number of bumps with how we enable publishing for Tomcat and Jetty. The system we have is pretty open ended as it allows you to drop in nearly any Java application. Unfortunately the side effect is that the more PaaS like experiences that are reasonably expected with the built in Tomcat/Jetty are subject to the bumps when publishing to Tomcat/Jetty that is configured with the war autoload capability. Long story short, there are work items that we are looking at to make this better when using the built in Tomcat and Jetty.
                                Christina

                              • Add "Machine Move" Alerts and Webhooks

                                Would it be possible to set up Alerts and Webhooks for when Azure changes the underlying machines that run each App Service?

                                We run a website which (as part of it's operation) tracks the machines it is running on. Through this we can see that every now and again the underlying machine changes with no apparent reason. We assume that this is because the underlying machine has been patched and needs a reboot (or something like that) and thus our website has been provisioned to a different machine. All of that is fine, we understand this is all part and…

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                                  under review  ·  0 comments  ·  Notifications  ·  Flag idea as inappropriate…  ·  Admin →
                                • Azure App Service Backup Alerts

                                  Could email notifications please be added to the Azure App Service Backups. It would be nice to be notified on a daily/weekly basis if the backups of my App Services and completing successfully, partially successfully or failing.

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                                  • In App Services and App Service Plans, add an alert for "Disk quotas" usage.

                                    If an App Service or an App Service Plan reach its disk quotas, you are alerted if you go into the portal, but you cannot configure an alert in the "Alert" section of AS or ASP.

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                                    • Add alerts for failed/successful git deployments

                                      When using git for continuum deployment users need to manually check if the deployment is successful or not. An alert would help take action faster.

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                                      • Allow HTTP Basic authentication on basic apps

                                        Sometimes there is a need to deny access to a directory path via basic http authentication. This doesn't seem possible to set up via the azure portal.

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                                        • Allow Custom URL Rewrite Handler for Database

                                          Allow installation of a GAC custom rewrite handler for doing URL rewrites on Web Apps using a database backend.

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