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  1. Virtual machine console access

    There is no VMConnect capability for console access to the VM as there is with Hyper-V.

    So in the situation where I lost connectivity, by misconfiguration, or system failure, is there only one very time and bandwith consuming way to fix it - download the VHDs on-premise, boot it in Hyper-V and VMConnect to repair VM, then upload all GBs back to the Azure...

    I requesting console access, also with ability to mount some image for repair and boot from it (as we do it in standard environment).

    3,547 votes
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      144 comments  ·  Flag idea as inappropriate…  ·  Admin →

      Thanks to everyone for the great ongoing feedback on this issue.

      Console screenshots and serial output is available now. The following article explains the scenarios in which console screenshots and serial output can be used to identify the problem with a virtual machine:

      http://azure.microsoft.com/en-us/blog/boot-diagnostics-for-virtual-machines-v2/

      This one-directional access is just a start. Console screenshots and serial output can help identify a problem, but they are not the solution for resolving the problems. We are working on enhancements that will enable secure bi-directional access to the console of the virtual machine. This will enable additionally debugging capabilities, and, more importantly, the ability to resolve a set of common problems through the bi-directional access. Right now, I don’t have a timeline but we know this is critical.

    • 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.

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      • Live migrate the VMs during maintenance/hardware failures

        Right now Azure VM customers experience very frequent restarts that impact the availability of services. As far as I know, these restarts are mostly caused by either host upgrades or hardware failures.

        Developing a HA setup is pretty straightforward for some scenarios (web servers), complex (database back-ends, notably MySQL) or extremely difficult (back-end applications used by our accounting department, for instance, which were designed to be run on one machine).
        Of course, HA setups are necessary for any major applications, but most of the setups we see have lots of single-instance roles (and for good reason most of the times).

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        • 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.

          1,043 votes
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          • Ability to move virtual machines to a different region

            Ability to move virtual machines to a different region

            681 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.

              681 votes
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              • Provide Azure based GPU Processing

                Is there a way that CAD processing intensive applications can use worker roles that can access GPUs in the same way as CPUs.
                That would mean to extend the Azure HW-Spec in some way to provide Multi-GPU-Cores in additon to Multi-CPU-Cores.

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                • provide ability to share Virtual Machine Images across subscriptions

                  This would save a lot of time for users that manage multiple subscriptions as it can take a very long time to upload images. This is already supported in Amazon AWS. It would be great if you could share VM images across regions as well.

                  645 votes
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                  • Customizable maintenance window

                    Currently Azure doesn't provide SLA for single VM. In each month, Azure will have a scheduled maintenance. During the maintenance window, all the VM will be rebooted. This approach brings great trouble to those applications which rely on memory heavily, such as online game, desktop app, etc. Normal HA solution, such as db persistent or sharing memory can't help here. A better approach is to let customer select maintenance window, or initiate reboot by customer himself. So the maintenance is controllable at customer side.

                    550 votes
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                    • 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…

                      473 votes
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                        3 comments  ·  Windows  ·  Flag idea as inappropriate…  ·  Admin →
                      • Ability to move VM into a VNET (Virtual Network)

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

                        467 votes
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                        • More powerful GPU and Direct3d support

                          In order to develop graphic intensive applications or run graphic intensive applications more powerful video processing is required.

                          384 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.

                            383 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.

                              350 votes
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                                3 comments  ·  Windows  ·  Flag idea as inappropriate…  ·  Admin →
                              • provide virtual machine instance metadata support similar to AWS and GCE

                                Both AWS and GCE allow runtime meta data calls from inside a VM , both of them using a similar mechanism of a call to http://169.254.169.254/something/

                                GCE:
                                https://developers.google.com/compute/docs/metadata

                                AWS: (and openstack and eucalyptus)
                                http://docs.aws.amazon.com/AWSEC2/latest/UserGuide/AESDG-chapter-instancedata.html

                                These provide ways to have the instance do introspection on where it is, what account it is in, info about its VLANs, ip's, etc.. WITHOUT needing the whole API tool chain and importantly without have credentials to the account in the instance.

                                317 votes
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                                  12 comments  ·  azure.microsoft.com  ·  Flag idea as inappropriate…  ·  Admin →
                                • 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…

                                  292 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.

                                    236 votes
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                                      • 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.

                                        209 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.

                                          189 votes
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