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  1. Public IP Mapping on Nested VM!

    We are working on Azure Public and checking nested VM for this we have created one instance "Standard E4s v3 (4 vcpus, 32 GB memory)". Hyper-V role has been installed successfully and also we have created 3 VMs successfully, now when we are setting networking for these created VM per MS KB "https://docs.microsoft.com/en-us/virtualization/hyper-v-on-windows/user-guide/nested-virtualization" everything is working fine but our objective is still not getting solved with this.

    We wanted to MAP a public IP on these VMs but per KB NAT is only solving purpose if we need to run internet only on created VMs or forwarding working…

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      0 comments  ·  Windows  ·  Flag idea as inappropriate…  ·  Admin →
    • Disk encryption discrepancy

      I have encrypted only OS disk of a windows VM (contains both OS and Data disks) post its creation. But in portal, it is showing Encryption is enabled for all disks.

      There is no difference in ARM templates when an OS disk is alone encrypted and both OS+Data disks are encrypted. Probably this is causing a confusion to the portal.

      Key Vault Secrets of data disks(if encrypted) are not available in ARM templates. Where as they are available for OS disks.

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        0 comments  ·  Bugs  ·  Flag idea as inappropriate…  ·  Admin →
      • Move (Live Migration) of Hyper-V Machines to Azure

        It would be very comfortable just moving your Hyper-V VMs in and out of Azure with a simple click. VMware supports this with their vCloud Suite to easily move VMs in and out of the Cloud.

        Since Azure VMs are basically just Hyper-V Machines this would dramatically improve Lift&Shift Scenarios as well as reduce complexity when migrating Workloads to the cloud in Hybrid Scenarios.

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        • Don't cancel transfers started with copy paste if copy is used again.

          When using RDP to transfer files using copy paste, the transfer is cancelled with an "unspecified error" if one uses copy again for another task while the transfer is running. Fix this please.

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          • Allow empty LicenseType value in VM properties.

            I have a generic template that contains everything I need to deploy a fully configured VM.

            Normally we use HUB-licensed images, so my template contains the "LicenseType" property with value "Windows_Server".

            However, in some specific cases I need to deploy a VM based on an image from the marketplace. The deployment then fails with en error: "Image <xxxx> is neither from on-premises nor eligible for Hybrid Use Benefits (HUB)."
            But the only allowed values for LicenceType are "Windows_Server" or "Windows_Client". Passing an empty value ("" or null) raises an error.

            So I need to remove the LicenseType property from my…

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              1 comment  ·  Windows  ·  Flag idea as inappropriate…  ·  Admin →
            • Make certificateUrl optional for HTTPS WinRM

              Requiring that I either generate a certificate for every VM before I create the VM or use the same certificate for HTTPS configuration of WinRM is not ideal (you can't ever change the reference certificateUrl after creating the VM, and it has to reference a specific secret version).

              Please auto-generate a self-signed certificate if the certificateUrl is ommitted.

              It should be as simple as SSH on Linux VMs which is auto-configured on first boot!

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              • Metadata API should provide VM tags as JSON object rather than string

                Metadata API version 2017-07-01 or later should provide VM tags as JSON object rather than string. With API version 2017-07-01 tags appear as a semi-colon separated string. I would seem much cleaner to provide them as an actual 'complex' JSON object i.e. like network interfaces.

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                • Enhancement to Get-AzureRMVMSize so that indicates whether supports Accelerated Networking

                  Given that the list of VMs that currently support Accelerated Networking is limited, having an extra column denoting whether supported in Get-AzureRMVM would be useful so that can check status and link to provisioning scripts to validate - rather than wait for it to fail / check manually

                  8 votes
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                    1 comment  ·  Windows  ·  Flag idea as inappropriate…  ·  Admin →
                  • indicate through the cli/portal when a instance is actually reachable.

                    The cli json output only indicates when the provisioningState: "Succeeded" however there is no indication in the json or through "az vm list" when the instance is actually reachable (via ssh or RDP).

                    This is particularly important when you created an automation workflow dependent on when the instance is reachable. The reach-ability is quite variable dependent on whether it is a GPU instance (NC or NV) or one of the compute (F -series) instances.

                    4 votes
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                      0 comments  ·  Linux  ·  Flag idea as inappropriate…  ·  Admin →
                    • management portal is not showing the updated state

                      management portal is not showing the updated state

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                        0 comments  ·  Bugs  ·  Flag idea as inappropriate…  ·  Admin →
                      • HTML5 RDP Access

                        We are in 2017. I want access to my VM in the browser. Downloading an RDP file is so 2007.

                        Dear Corey, do some magic and support HTML5 RDP access to my VM. One click and a new tab opens to my VM. Wow!

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                        • Storage Optimized VMs should be having higher IOPS and MB/s throughput

                          Currently Storage Optimized VMs have very limited IOPS and MB/s throughput.

                          Our Oracle server has 6x1TB premium (6xP30) disks added to it. Which can go upto 1200MB/s throughput. Disk Block Sizes are configured at 1MB. Still we are restricted to the VM limit of 125MB/s. (PFA the current options)

                          Please consider higher VM level limits.

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                            0 comments  ·  Windows  ·  Flag idea as inappropriate…  ·  Admin →
                          • Disk type

                            Hello, from an automation perspective, it would be good for a Windows Guest VM be aware of the media type for the disks that are attached to a it (ex: auto cache for S2D to work automatically with SSD+HDD).
                            Even when I have a VM with HDD and SSD, it will show the disk type as HDD ( using posh: Get-PhysicalDisk | Select-Object FriendlyName, MediaType, Size ).

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                              0 comments  ·  Windows  ·  Flag idea as inappropriate…  ·  Admin →
                            • Consistent SCSI target IDs across reboots

                              Linux SCSI target IDs change across reboots resulting in some really strange ordering of sda, sdb, sdc etc. Sometimes the ephemeral disk ends up on the end of the list, sometimes the data disk(s) go to the front. It's near impossible to import workloads into Azure with this device inconsistency.

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                                0 comments  ·  Linux  ·  Flag idea as inappropriate…  ·  Admin →
                              • faster Windows update download to Azure VMs

                                Today, I did WS2016 VM update (KB4022715 and more).

                                The problem is that the download speed was really slow. It does not show any speed in number, but I can say it’s way slower than doing on my office desktop. It consumes almost 2 hours on A2 VM.

                                In addition, I added language component of 16MB, and it consumes almost 1 hours?! It bring me back to 56K US robotics modem life.

                                It would be good to give faster windows update and component download speed to Azure VMs.

                                3 votes
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                                • Report VM Status and PowerState More Accurately

                                  VM Status and PowerState are not always reported correctly. Often a VM which has been running for hours or days will report Status=RoleStateUnkown or PowerState=Starting (even though it is clearly Started).

                                  Please work to make this reporting more accurate. Thank you!

                                  7 votes
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                                  • multiple custom script extension on azure vms

                                    allow multiple custom script extension on azure vms

                                    6 votes
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                                    • auto-startup

                                      Currently there is the possibility to schedule auto-shutdown of VMs directly with the Auto-Shutdown blade. Why isn't there a similar blade for auto-startup? In addition of that for Auto-Shutdown and Auto-Startup if the schedule time can be scheduled not only as a single daily task but with more complex rule, example: from monday to friday, 9.00 18.00, weekend excluded or setting a scheduled date and time of shutdown, etc....

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                                        1 comment  ·  Windows  ·  Flag idea as inappropriate…  ·  Admin →
                                      • longer name length limit > 15

                                        15 length limitation is too short.
                                        We need more!

                                        40 votes
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                                        • Push all public IP settings to VM

                                          The os config part as described here: https://docs.microsoft.com/en-us/azure/virtual-network/virtual-network-multiple-ip-addresses-portal#os-config could, as far as I can see, easily be automated (the primary already gets set automatically anyway).

                                          This relatively dangerous piece makes it difficult to swap secondary public ips around when needed.

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