Cloud Services (Web and Worker Role)

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  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…

    898 votes
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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?

    619 votes
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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.

  5. 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

    415 votes
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  6. 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…

    394 votes
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  7. 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.

    386 votes
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  8. 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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  9. 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.

    277 votes
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  10. 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

  11. 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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  12. 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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  13. 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).

    196 votes
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  14. 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…

    124 votes
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  15. 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.

    111 votes
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  16. Increasing Cloud service limit from 200

    Azure should consider increasing the Cloud services limit from 200 to atleast 500 so the people cannot manage multiple subscription just because of this limit. 200 Cloud service limit with 250 admins and 5000+ cores is too loo when the subscription is widely used in an organization.

    85 votes
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  17. Support DirectX and DirectCompute functionality in web and worker roles

    Worker roles need often access to DirectX or DirectCompute libraries in order to perform CAD processing based on GPU even in case the cloud-hardware would not have graphic cards available.
    The cloud hardware should insted provide CPU and GPU clusters.

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  18. allow specific IP address to be assigned to Azure compute emulator deployments

    When using csrun from the command-line (or from the project properties in Visual Studio), it should be possible to assign a specific VIP address to use for Azure Compute emulator deployments. This is important when you have multiple cloud services you are testing locally at once and want them to be able to talk to each other (or where they need to be subdomains of a common domain for authentication purposes). Right now, I use csrun /status in the WebRole startup method and update the local hosts file, but this causes issues in the browser when they IP addresses get…

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  19. Allow cscfg/csdef to support app.config/web.config settings

    I should be able to configure IIS application pool settings from my cscfg and csdef files.

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  20. Provide SLA for single instance Azure

    Currently Windows Azure Plafrorm offers SLA of 99.95% for compute service for Azure solutions that comprizes of 2 or more role instances.
    However, very often Azure is used to prove untested business ideas. It does not make sense to have to pay upfront for high-availability and additional components (Azure AppFabric Cache for Session state, etc). A lot of ISV will want to go to market with one instance and if the business idea works - scale out.
    So it would make sense that Microsoft defines an SLA for a solution comprizing of one role - obviously we would not expect…

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