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  1. VM Created from custom image should be able to select storage account for VHD

    When we try to create a virtual machine from a custom image the VHD's for the new virtual machine are created in the same storage account as the custom image. This is not ideal because most customers have different environments in different subscriptions so they are forced to copy the image into storage account in each subscriptions. It is not easy to copy the images between the storage accounts either.

    539 votes
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      34 comments  ·  Flag idea as inappropriate…  ·  Admin →
      started  ·  Corey Sanders [MSFT] responded

      This is currently being developed by the team and should be available in the next few months! Sorry for the delay and thank you for voting this one up!!

    • Allow me to select drive letter for the temp drive in virtual machine.

      Customers have been asking for this every since IAAS went into preview. There are many customer migrating their on premise applications to Azure IAAS. Some of these applications have hard references to D: drive. It is possible to manually move temp drive from D: to another drive letter but it is hard to automate this. A simple fix for this is to move this temp drive to a Z: drive. A better fix may be to allow Azure Portal and PowerShell to select the drive letter for the temp drive during VM creation process.

      This will simplify migrations.

      447 votes
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      • Ability to move virtual machines to a different region

        Ability to move virtual machines to a different region

        408 votes
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        • rename vm

          Add the ability to rename a VM. The VM name is what appears in Azure, not the DNS name.

          Changing a VM's name should not affect the VM in any way. If you need a unique identifier for a VM that does not change, I suggest using a GUID rather than the VM's name in Azure.

          360 votes
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          • Upload VHDX

            A support for uploading VHDX images would be great. With that it wouldn't be necessary anymore to migrate a VHDX to VHD before.

            309 votes
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            • Mac OS X Virtual Machines

              Several, non-Microsoft/non-Azure, cloud-hosting services offer either dedicated, or virtualized machines running Mac OS X (with the OS running on Apple hardware, due to Mac OS X licensing). Examples include http://macstadium.com/, http://xcloud.me/, and http://www.macincloud.com/, among others.

              Being able to provision a Mac OS X machine on Azure, using Azure pricing, and potentially, Azure Virtual Networking, would be useful for developers wishing to set up build machines for iOS apps, and potentially other use-cases.

              282 votes
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              • Production / Staging VM

                Provide a way to group VMs into production / staging environment. Somehow like the production / staging environments of cloud services.

                278 votes
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                • Ability to move VM into a VNET (Virtual Network)

                  The ability to move a existing VM into a existing Virtual Network.

                  271 votes
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                  • WSUS as a Service in Windows Azure

                    Microsoft needs to develop a WSUS as a service in Microsoft Azure with support for update domain in Azure. Perhaps it should be linked together with the System Center Advisor.

                    217 votes
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                      20 comments  ·  azure.microsoft.com  ·  Flag idea as inappropriate…  ·  Admin →

                      We are considering a update service but not specific plans right now. Thanks for the recommendation. Let’s get the votes up. :)

                    • Enable ICMP traffic to Azure VMs over the Internet

                      There are several scenarios that ICMP traffic to Azure VMs is necessary. Specially for monitoring tools that requires this kind of communication. When the time this was written, AWS offers ICMP traffic controlled by endpoints, which is not possible with Azure VMs endpoints.

                      200 votes
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                      • Delete VM with all associated resources

                        Deleting a VM is a lot of click work. I have to manually delete the associated Network interface, Network security group, Public IP address. And then, from the associated storage account, I have to drill down into the VHD container in the right Blob to delete the associated .vhd and .status files.

                        Also, I have to do it in the right order, because there are dependencies between the various objects. If not, it fails, and I get a big fat pink error.

                        Also, the overview list does not refresh after the 'success' notification is posted, so I sit there guessing…

                        199 votes
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                        • Shareing Virtual Machines Between Different Azure Accounts

                          I have 10 plus developers in my group. All have MSDN licenses and we are exploring the use of Azure to do our SharePoint development. In order to setup SharePoint properly you need 3 Virtual Machines, a DC, a SQL Server and a SharePoint server. It would be nice if between the 10 developers they could share a DC and SQL Server and only have a SharePoint server unique to them. Of course, doing this in a secure fashion is key.

                          192 votes
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                            The ability to share images between subscriptions that are under the same billing entity is something we are looking to add.

                          • Add gallery image for Server 2012 R2 Standard

                            Please add a gallery image for Server 2012 R2 Standard.

                            Please allow this option so we can align with our corporate standard VM version, it would not be a big deal if we could bring our own standard image and deploy it across storage accounts, but that is not possible either... so we either have to use a gallery image and customize it, or else we have to bring our own standard image and keep it across many, many storage accounts and subscriptions.

                            Using Datacenter version locks us into Azure, there is a big licensing cost to bring a VM…

                            183 votes
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                              4 comments  ·  Windows  ·  Flag idea as inappropriate…  ·  Admin →

                              This is really good feedback. Thanks for raising the licensing issues when moving these images around. We do want to make mobility easy. Let me dig into it…

                            • A "sleep" state of VM which is cost wise similar to stop state. The VM wakes up and continues the previous session without rebooting OS.

                              It is a great feature of Azure to stop costs if the VM is stopped. But shutdown the VM needs close all the running programs and applications in the current session. It will be great if the VM can have a sleep mode which can stop all the costs (or partially). So users can quickly resume the work in the new session without restarting the VM.

                              180 votes
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                              • Allow resize of attached VHD-disks

                                Right now you cannot resize your VHD-disks once attached to a VM directly from the portal. Edit should be possible to at least increase the size of VHD-disks on demand.

                                171 votes
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                                  7 comments  ·  Windows  ·  Flag idea as inappropriate…  ·  Admin →

                                  Given the sparse nature of Windows Azure Storage and with recent announcement for trim support on guest OS’s that support trim, the need for resizing should be reduced, as you should just assume you start with the largest size possible and only pay for what you use.

                                • Allow easy donation of unused CPU cycles to cancer research, Folding@home, etc.

                                  I would like to easily 'donate' my unused CPU cycles towards a good cause, such as cancer research within the Folding@home project.

                                  Ideally this setting would be incorporated into the config of my worker roles, or within the Windows Azure portal.

                                  160 votes
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                                  • Please provide a way for grouping the endpoints and assign as a group name to the Azure VMs

                                    We are adding endpoints for each virtual machine once created. Normally the RDP endpoint will be created by default, and can be added more if required by specifying the port #. I feel there are additional features needed to make this feature more flexible and to secure them in a centralized place. Some are -

                                    1. The endpoints are configured by defining the ports, but it is not accepting whether the ports are inbound or outbound. So, there should be an option to include the port to open for inbound or outbound instead of configuring in the VM.

                                    2. There…

                                    121 votes
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                                    • Ability to Hibernate VMs to support DevTest workflos

                                      The new DevTest Azure portal feature has the ability to turn off VMs on a schedule to support dev/testing without breaking the budget. It would be nice if the VMs could be hibernated instead so that developers would not lose their development sessions/window settings etc. when they start off in the morning. But I understand that the ability to hibernate VMs in Azure is not currently a core feature that exists. It would be very nice if that feature could be added. I'm sure there are other use cases where VM hibernation could be very handy too.

                                      107 votes
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                                        16 comments  ·  Windows  ·  Flag idea as inappropriate…  ·  Admin →
                                      • Accelerate VM startup time

                                        Startup time of a Windows VM in AWS is 1-1.5 minutes. In Azure this takes at least 5 minutes. VM Startup time is a big deal!

                                        99 votes
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                                        • Ability to mount a blob or virtual disk as an iSCSI device

                                          Either blobs or virtual disks should be mountable as as an iSCSI device. Right now, I'd have to create a windows server with an iSCSI target. This seems like madness because the blob is already some kind of virtual device.

                                          iSCSI is ideal for clustering and availability services and would solve problems with SQL Server clusters and other Windows Server cluster requirements.

                                          98 votes
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