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  1. Faster CPU options

    We currently have a SQL Server with 3.5GHz dual processors and looking to migrate to Azure. Unfortunately this currently means a drop in performance with the CPUs available on Azure when I have trialled this.
    A faster CPU option for higher performance for those willing to pay the premium would be great.

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    • Set the allocation unit size to 64 KB when formatting the disk with SQL Server IaaS Agent

      In SQL Server IaaS Agent, storage space of disks connected at the time of deployment and disk formatting are implemented, but the NTFS allocation unit size when formatting the disk is not 64 KB.

      Since the 64 KB format should be advantageous for performance, I would like to format it with 64 KB NTFS allocation unit size at the time of formatting.

      https://docs.microsoft.com/ja-jp/azure/virtual-machines/windows/sql/virtual-machines-windows-sql-performance

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      • If more than 8 disks are connected at image deployment of SQL Server, the number of columns is not properly set

        When deploying the image of SQL Server, the number of disks is set to the parameter of sqlStorageDisksCount, but when IaaS agent is running New-VirtualDisk, it is not used as the number of columns, so 16 disks Even if you set up, the number of columns is 8, and Virtual Disk is created.

        When IaaS Agent runs New-VirtualDisk and creates a disk, it uses [NumberOfColumns <sqlStorageDisksCount parameter>] instead of [AutoNumberOfColumns] and uses the number of connected disks as the number of columns and 8 If you are connecting more disks than you want, let me set the appropriate number of…

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        • I can not set up automatic backup of SQL Server 2016 on a portal with a language setting other than English

          When deploying the image of SQL Server 2016 with the portal in Japanese language setting and setting automatic backup, the deployment parameter is set to Japanese and an error occurs at the time of expansion.

          If you set the portal language setting to English, the correct parameters are set and you can deploy.

          backupScheduleType : 手動 → Manual
          fullBackupFrequency: 週単位 → Weekly

          Even in languages other than English, I would like you to pass the correct parameters at deployment time.

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          • Add the ability to sort/filter on Virtual machine STATUS in the portal

            I want to be able to quickly determine which of my ~400 virtual machines are currently Running

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            • Display the total price before creating a VM.

              Currently, when I create a VM, it's not obvious how much it will cost. The page says "Prices presented are estimates in your local currency that include only Azure infrastructure costs and any discounts for the subscription and location. The prices don't include any applicable software costs."
              If I understand correctly, an operating system (whether Windows Server or another) is considered Azure infrastructure and included in the price, but for example SQL Server is not, which seems arbitrary and not at all obvious.
              Also, I THINK I will pay for an IP address. Is that included in the displayed prices?…

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              • Make the Classic Portal work .

                I created new Azure account and went to the the new portal and created a storage account. I then went to the classic portal and did not see it ??? So I deleted the storage account in the new portal and created one in the classic -- BUT I could not get the Region to be US East in the classic portal only in the new Portal ?????? Go figure ???? How ridiculous is this ! I can not stand the new portal -- its as complex and stupid as AWS . So if you want to loose more customers…

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                • Add link from ACS to Container Registry

                  Now ACS and container registry disconnected. It will be great fi we will can navigate from ACS cluster to Registry and back as well as create new registry.

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                  • Azure Linux Customized image support improvement

                    [Issue Description]
                    Create CentOS 7 VM from customized image but got the error "Failed to get dvd device"

                    https://github.com/Azure/azure-linux-extensions/issues/282

                    After re-install waagent on the custimized image, the issue still persist, though the issue didn't occur on the image from Azure gallery

                    [Target]
                    Please help improve the customized image support and if any automation tool provided is great.

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                    • VM Extensions appearing as resources in resource groups

                      1.The VM extensions are part of the VM. Therefore they should appear *under* the VM resource, not next to it. The other resources like Network Interface, NSG, Public IP appear *side-by-side* because they do not belong to a VM.
                      2.When you have more than one VM in a resource group, it is impossible to tell which extension is under which VM in the list, since they all have the same name.
                      3.There are no actions I can perform in the portal related to that resource. I can't change any configuration, I can't even delete it. Therefore it is useless to…

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                      • ability to remove a virtual machine with all of its dependencies.

                        I cannot find an option to remove a virtual machine resource with its dependencies. we have to clean up dependencies manually. may be when we select virtual machine to delete portal list out all the dependencies (disk, Ip addresses, NSG's etc) to delete.

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                        • DNS Domain suffix in ARM

                          Today it is not possible to add DNS Domain suffix on our Windows servers in our ARM script. Please add this because it is required in a AD domain to get the vm to work as it should.

                          I know that you can do this in powershell but we want it in a clean ARM script without custom script extension and powershell scripting.

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                          • VM creation interface

                            Currently, you need to type in all the server details before you are able to select basic features of your machine (i.e. you need to type in a username, password/key, resource group) before you can select machine type.

                            You should be able to see whether you are able to create the VM you need before having to do all that housekeeping, especially if you need to check across regions or subscriptions.

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                            • Azure VM Agent support for Forced Tunneling / User Defined Routes

                              To meet legal requirements, like many, we employ "forced tunneling", to push traffic through our proxy server. Many of your services, including agents are "Proxy Unaware" (like your developers!)

                              One possible way to overcome this, is to add a UDR to the special VM Agent IP of 168.63.129.16, however, when I try to create a route of 168.63.129.16/32, I get the below error, essentially saying it is in a restricted address space.

                              Please remove this restriction, post hast.

                              This is an incredibly quick and easy way to overcome your lack of proxy support with the VM agent.

                              Full error message: …

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                              • Portal Info should get refreshed Quickly

                                Hi,

                                I was ran into troubleshooting an issue just because the my IAAS VM dashboard does not reflected the IP address of the VM.
                                Since the IP did not get refreshed on the portal and old one was there , I was connecting to old IP. This took me around 4-5 hr to identify that the issue with public IP of VM,.

                                Please do the needful for this.

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                                • Allow self bootstrapping by passing PowerShell script in userdata

                                  In the same way that you can pass cloud-init scripts in Linux, AWS and OpenStack have support for passing PowerShell scripts to self bootstrap Windows instances.

                                  It would be good if Azure would also support this method of deployment for Windows instances, so we can have zero touch deployments, when using something like Terraform.

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                                  • Remove drive A: (virtual floppy disk)

                                    How can one possibly "insert" a floppy disk there?

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                                    • Improve ARM deployment speed

                                      I did some tests with Application Gateway today and it usually took between 15 minutes and 1.5 hours to execute a deployment. This is really slow for a mission-critical service.

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                                      • Add nic count to output from Get-AzureRmVMSize

                                        Add nic count to output from Get-AzureRmVMSize
                                        Output from the cmdlet is useful in validating build-requests and it could be even more useful if I can get the NIC count for a given size as well instead of having to spend time looking it up somewhere else. It also improves/enables programmatic size-selection

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                                        • Cant create or delete any service

                                          Yesterday i create 2 vm's and some services to try Azure, today in the principal panel shows some services but in the category of services is all empty. I create another vm and ok but i can see the machine

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