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  1. Add ability send a sample/test webhook for azure alerts

    It's great that Azure is expanding webhooks support (with alerts and kudu notifications now available), but it would be very helpful for developing and debugging webhook handlers to be able to simulate a webhook request on demand. Stripe, and many other services that expose webhooks have this functionality.

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      under review  ·  0 comments  ·  Flag idea as inappropriate…  ·  Admin →
    • 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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        4 comments  ·  Flag idea as inappropriate…  ·  Admin →

        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

      • FTP accounts tied to subscription, not user. Not enough auditing

        In the current model, FTP credentials are tied to a user's azure login. Thus, we have no visibility into credentials that are set, as we cannot see other people's FTP credentials they've set. Furthermore, when an FTP account is created or deleted, nothing is logged. This makes it difficult to audit who has access. With the logins being tied to the user, when the user leaves, there is no way for us to reclaim that username unless they delete their ftp credentials first. This doesn't always work, as a user may depart abruptly or not on good terms. Although the…

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          4 comments  ·  Deployment  ·  Flag idea as inappropriate…  ·  Admin →
        • Provide more secure TLS ciphers

          Currently Chrome flags the CBC ciphers as obsolete. CBC ciphers are at the top of the cipher preference list of Azure Web Apps as you can see there: https://www.ssllabs.com/ssltest/analyze.html?d=test.azurewebsites.net
          More info: https://www.chromium.org/Home/chromium-security/education/tls#TOC-Cipher-Suites


          So please provide some more secure ciphers from the ECDHE cipher suite like TLS_ECDHE_RSA_WITH_AES_256_GCM_SHA384, TLS_ECDHE_RSA_WITH_AES_128_GCM_SHA256, TLS_ECDHE_RSA_WITH_CHACHA20_POLY1305_SHA256.

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          • Feature for backing up only certain folders/ files

            currently the exclusion list is via _backup.filter. But consider the scenario, only certain files or folders needs to be backed up in a huge list of folders files .Consider a scenario of a big webapp with lot of subfolders

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              0 comments  ·  Bugs  ·  Flag idea as inappropriate…  ·  Admin →
            • 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

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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.

              • 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

                • Support Double Wildcard Custom Domains

                  For multi-tenant applications, we require the ability for Azure to support double wildcard custom domains.

                  Single wildcard custom domains are currently well supported, i.e.

                  *.mydomain.com

                  catches all unmapped, single subdomain urls e.g. level1ex.mydomain.com, level2ex.mydomain.com etc

                  The issue (which isn't documented: see forum post below) is that secondary level wildcards are not supported at all by Azure:

                  e.g. www.level2.mydomain.com will result in a 404 error.

                  Why is this important? in a multi tenant environment, with lots of customers on different subdomains, it is best from an end-user perspective to support a www. subdomain prefix, as that's what 99% of non-technerati do…

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                    12 comments  ·  Flag idea as inappropriate…  ·  Admin →
                  • Support for Docker on Windows App Service

                    Similar to the Linux App Service Docker support. Having support for a Windows Docker container running in an App Service Plan.

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                    • Support Elixir in azure webapps

                      Is there any thoughts on supporting Elixir on azure webapps?

                      As the phoenix framework (http://www.phoenixframework.org/) is getting traction maybe that is something you want to support.

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                        14 comments  ·  Flag idea as inappropriate…  ·  Admin →
                      • Version data for deployed slot

                        I'm using ARM template to deploy a new slot to an existing webapp, the problem is that there is no way of seeing or passing the version of the build that the slot has.

                        It would be really useful to have a "Version" -field in the portal where I can pass the version data of the build so that you could easily see which slot has which build version.

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                          under review  ·  1 comment  ·  Flag idea as inappropriate…  ·  Admin →
                        • Add a web hook to get notified of completed auto-swaps

                          Deployment slots with the auto-swap feature are useful to warm up the application before making it visible. Unfortunately, it is not possible to get feedback from the operation.

                          It would be nice to have a web hook that is invoked with the result of the operation (success/failure).

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                          • in ASE disable TLS 1.1

                            Allow for the disablement of TLS 1.1 protocols from ASE in a similar method as TLS 1.0. This would help secure systems further for ISVs building new API Apps and help with additional security concerns and compliance for PCI and others.

                            Allowing for the same method but adding an additional JSON in cluster settings to actually trigger the TLS 1.1 disablement would be good.

                            "clusterSettings": [
                            {
                            "name": "DisableTls1.0",
                            "value": "1"
                            },
                            {
                            "name": "DisableTls1.1",
                            "value": "1"
                            }
                            ],

                            https://docs.microsoft.com/en-us/azure/app-service-web/app-service-app-service-environment-custom-settings#disable-tls-10

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                              1 comment  ·  Deployment  ·  Flag idea as inappropriate…  ·  Admin →
                            • Make a JDK available with the JCE Unlimited Strength Jurisdiction Policy Files applied

                              Currently, none of the JDK's have the JCE Unlimited Strength policy files applied.

                              http://www.oracle.com/technetwork/java/javase/downloads/jce8-download-2133166.html

                              Please can these either be applied by default or can there be an option to have them applied?

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                              • Add feature to determine the active slot name

                                We have a web app that has 2 slots, one slot is the Production (the main one created when the app is created) and one we've made called Recovery. These apps are identical except for which database they're communicating with.

                                A good feature would be the ability to request the name of which slot is the "active" one. For the example we have, in the Production slot it's communicating with a North Europe database server, in the Recovery slot its communicating with the West Europe database server. It would save a lot of time and code to just request which…

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                                • Enable IP blocking via the Azure portal for PaaS Web Apps, not IIS/web.config

                                  RIght now, Azure only offers IP blocks in the web.config (IIS) level. This is allowing the request to actually get to IIS. We'd like more of a firewall approach, where the AZURE PLATFORM blocks the request on the network layer, never allowing the request to make it to our web app instances.

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                                  • Add the ability to see the request queue for web apps in the azure portal

                                    It would be great if we could see the current request queue for a web app in the portal (like you can in IIS)

                                    This is very useful for debugging issues with long running requests and spotting weird things like 1 ip making masses of concurrent requests.

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                                    • [Linux] Allow to access certicate store within linux app services

                                      It is currently not possible to use certificates in Linux App Services as described in this blog post:

                                      https://azure.microsoft.com/en-us/blog/using-certificates-in-azure-websites-applications/

                                      Please add access to the azure certificate store within a linux container.

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                                      • [Linux] Allow remote debugging of .NET core apps hosted by linux app services

                                        It is currently not possible to remote debug .NET core applications running on Azure Linux App Services. Please consider to add remote debugging to the feature list of Linux App Services.

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