Web Apps (formerly Websites)

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  1. add support for Meteor on Azure Websites

    The Meteor platform has reached the 1.0 milestone and have matured quite a bit.

    It would be great if you could host a Meteor solution on Azure Websites.
    It ought to be possible on a virtual machine bit I feel that it is a bit overkill.

    454 votes
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      27 comments  ·  Flag idea as inappropriate…  ·  Admin →
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        22 comments  ·  Flag idea as inappropriate…  ·  Admin →

        Hello,
        Apologies for going dark on this. Making a change to an existing App Service Plan name is actually harder than it initially seems. The App Service Plan name is used as an identifier by other Azure components like Auto Scaling and since it is a part of the REST API it may be used by other scripts and external services.
        Having said that we understand that this is a common enough scenario. Currently you can work around the problem by creating a new App Service Plan, moving your apps to the new one and then deleting the old one. This is not an ideal experience so we will be working on an API \ Powershell command to automate the process.
        Thanks!
        Nir (App Service team)

      • Enable HTTP/2 on Azure Web Apps

        IIS 10.0 in Windows 10 already supports HTTP/2, Azure Web Apps should support it as well.

        375 votes
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        • 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.

          347 votes
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          • Azure Website only accessible through a Virtual Private Network

            If I understood it right, VPN can only be used to access on premise resources from my azure website. But I cannot use an VPN to limit access to my azure website only to those connected to the VPN.
            My company was planning to deploy an intranet app (non publically available) in an azure website and make it accessible only through VPN. Is it not possible? Is it in the roadmap? Any approximate availability date?

            264 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!

              260 votes
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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 map azure file share (Microsoft Azure File Service)

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

                247 votes
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                • Support Linux for PaaS

                  Currently when I start up a PaaS web site, it runs on Windows. This isn't necessarily ideal and would be better if I could choose between Windows or Linux for the actual environment.

                  Would be nice if this Linux environment used nginx and php-fpm instead of Apache too.

                  190 votes
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                    under review  ·  Nir MashkowskiNir Mashkowski responded

                    Thanks for the input Alexander! We are thinking on how we can enable Linux “workers”

                  • Add support for out-of-process ETW listeners to Azure Websites

                    As an Extension or built-in, having support for an ETW out-of-process listener would allow me to migrate my API work loads to Azure Websites. We use ETW for telemetry and logs. See http://www.nuget.org/packages/EnterpriseLibrary.SemanticLogging.Service/

                    176 votes
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                      2 comments  ·  Flag idea as inappropriate…  ·  Admin →
                    • 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.

                      166 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.

                      • 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…

                        159 votes
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                        • Add azure commandlets

                          There is a possibility to run windows powershell scripts in Azure websites but if developers were able to run the Azure powershell commandlets they can unlock the Power of Azure powershell!

                          150 votes
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                          • 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.

                            138 votes
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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).

                              127 votes
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                                7 comments  ·  Availability  ·  Flag idea as inappropriate…  ·  Admin →
                                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.

                              • Remove the limit of the custom domain names in Azure Websites

                                Currently there is a hard limit of 250 custom domain names in the Websites and it's not related to the hosting plan. In case of a SaaS mutitenant application where each tenant should access it through custom domain name this limit is very restrictive as you can easily have more than 250 tenants.

                                123 votes
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                                  under review  ·  Nir MashkowskiNir Mashkowski responded

                                  We recently implemented change and increased the limit to 500.
                                  Larger quantities will take an architecture change. We are looking into it.

                                • Add Azure WebJob in Visual studio should have support for console applications written in F#

                                  I as money other is using F# more and more to write all types of applications, and now I've come to webjobs. It is possible to deploy F# console applications but you have to add the webjob-publish-setting.json file and the relevant nuget packages manually. This should be supported in the "Add Webjobs" dialogue. As it is now you can only add regular C# console applications, but it is no reason this limit exist since F# console applications works just as fine.

                                  119 votes
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                                  • Upgrade SSL (Current grade B according to ssllabs.com)

                                    I see a lot of previous reports about this but still my site's current grade is B according to ssllabs.com, with the following issues:

                                    1) Certificate uses a weak signature. When renewing, ensure you upgrade to SHA2.
                                    2) This server accepts the RC4 cipher, which is weak. Grade capped to B.
                                    3) The server does not support Forward Secrecy with the reference browsers.

                                    Please fix this ASAP

                                    107 votes
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                                      started  ·  Nir MashkowskiNir Mashkowski responded
                                      1. is now supported
                                      2. is in the works, will update when done
                                      3. this is a challenge with our architecture, will update when we have a plan \ ETA
                                    • 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.

                                      104 votes
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                                      • Provide .NET language packs on Web Apps

                                        I'm working on a website that uses System.ComponentModel.DataAnnotations

                                        On my local machine, model validation messages are displayed in french but they are in english when I deploy the website to Azure.

                                        Please install .NET language packs on Azure Web Apps so we don't have to create .resx files and messy code to override .NET built-in messages...

                                        82 votes
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                                        • 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"

                                          78 votes
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