Cloud Services (Web and Worker Role)

  1. Provide multiple roles per instance

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

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    Windows Azure Websites offers the ability to have smaller deployed websites. The ability to have multiple roles on a single VM instance is still in planning.

  2. 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.

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  3. 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…

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  4. 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?

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    SSL only requires multiple IPs when the client is on Windows XP, using an older version of Internet Explorer. Most modern browsers support SNI (Server Name Indication) and thus don’t require multiple IPs.

    Support for multiple IPs is under review in the team.

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  6. 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

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  7. 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…

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  8. 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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  9. Allow easy ASP.NET precompilation in Cloud projects

    Make it easy to precompile an web application prior to creating the CSPKG.

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  10. 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.

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  11. Enable renaming of Cloud Services

    Please provide an administrator the ability to rename an existing Cloud Service. It would be more convenient to be able to rename an existing Cloud Service than the current alternative of creating a separate Cloud Service with a new name and then migrating over to it.

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    We’re thinking about some networking updates across the platform that will enable this feature. Thanks for your feedback

  12. Create an event on VIP Swap

    It would be great if RoleEntryPoint could be notified of a VIP Swap. The trouble that I'm running into is that when I deploy to the stage slot part of OnStart() is to register with the Barracuda WAF. However, I only want to do this after the VIP Swap to the production slot.

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  13. 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

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  14. 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).

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  15. Install .Net 4.7.1 on Cloud Services by default

    We need .net 4.7.1 to be installed by default on a cloud Service OS family as the manual install option (via a start up task) is too slow and inhibits scalability.

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  16. Improve SSL security (namely RC4 cypher)

    By using https://www.ssllabs.com/ssltest/analyze.html anyone can have an idea about the different security levels that an SSL certificate has. Some of these levels are setup in the server hosting the application so the SSL does do miracles.
    At the moment (11.Nov.2015) the Cloud Services Web Roles accept RC4 cypher which is a weak cypher.
    More info here: https://www.hass.de/content/setup-your-iis-ssl-perfect-forward-secrecy-and-tls-12

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  17. Support Git deployment for Cloud Services

    As what we can do with Azure Website.

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    started  ·  Mohit 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.

  18. 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…

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  20. 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.

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