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  1. 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…

    184 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…

    • 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.

      176 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.

      • 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.

        111 votes
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          17 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!

          102 votes
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            6 comments  ·  Windows  ·  Flag idea as inappropriate…  ·  Admin →
          • Allow provisioned VM pricing to be altered to add software licensing without reprovisioning

            As an Azure VM user/administrator, I would like to be able to take an existing VM priced at one rate, and "upgrade" the pricing to include licensing for products installed after provisioning. I would like this to provide flexibility (e.g., if I want to install SQL Server on a Windows priced VM, without losing install/configuration work already undertaken on that VM and without independently licensing SQL; or if I want to add BizTalk to a Win/SQL-priced VM). I would also like this to allow simplified compliance (e.g., a Windows-priced VM is found to have SQL Server installed after provisioning), to…

            86 votes
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              10 comments  ·  Windows  ·  Flag idea as inappropriate…  ·  Admin →
            • Allow rename of network interface resources

              When creating a VM in the Azure Portal using the ARM deployment model, the network interface is labeled with the hostname + a 5 digit random? number.

              I haven’t found a way to change this in the Portal.

              In case a customer would prefer to use their own naming convention for interface resources, like <hostname>-ifc, can we consider adding this option to the Azure Portal?

              I realize there is likely a way to do this already with ARM templates and PowerShell based deployments, but having this feature also available in the GUI would provide some added flexibility for new customers…

              81 votes
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                5 comments  ·  Windows  ·  Flag idea as inappropriate…  ·  Admin →
              • Support upgrading existing Azure VM with Windows Server 2012 R2 to Windows Server 2016

                How do I go about upgrading existing Azure VM with Windows Server 2012 R2 to Windows Server 2016? It seems like a big issue for many companies for adopting Windows Server 2016 in Microsoft Azure.

                "Microsoft server software support for Microsoft Azure virtual machines" article still states "Microsoft does not support an upgrade of the operating system of a Microsoft Azure virtual machine. Instead, you should create a new Azure virtual machine that is running the supported version of the operating system that is required and then migrate the workload."

                https://support.microsoft.com/en-us/help/2721672/microsoft-server-software-support-for-microsoft-azure-virtual-machines

                Please support this scenario. Thanks

                69 votes
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                  3 comments  ·  Windows  ·  Flag idea as inappropriate…  ·  Admin →
                • USB devices are not supported in Azure VMs

                  USB devices, like flash drives or hardware security dongles, would be useful to have present in the remote VMs. For example, support for dongle-controlled security for applications would then be possible.

                  34 votes
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                    2 comments  ·  Windows  ·  Flag idea as inappropriate…  ·  Admin →
                  • 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&quot; 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…

                    20 votes
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                      0 comments  ·  Windows  ·  Flag idea as inappropriate…  ·  Admin →
                    • Make it possible to download a compressed (zip?) vhd instead of the full vhd

                      Make it possible to download a compressed (zip?) vhd instead of the full vhd. Now I have to download the whole vhd and not just the bits that are actually used.

                      18 votes
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                        3 comments  ·  Windows  ·  Flag idea as inappropriate…  ·  Admin →

                        We are thinking of enabling an easy way to download a dynamic VHD to reduce the download size, if that helps? Unfortunately, I don’t think VHD files compress that well.

                      • Offer SMB 3.0 support for Windows 7 machines.

                        We need an update to enable SMB 3.0 support for Windows 7 machines. Older projects using NET USE scripts to attach to Azure storage can no longer access their containers.
                        Windows 7 machines that use to access the file shares in a storage account can no longer connect to file shares using the NET USE command. As a long time user of Azure it feels like Microsoft has left us behind. Upgrading all our users to win 10 is not an easy task..

                        15 votes
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                          3 comments  ·  Windows  ·  Flag idea as inappropriate…  ·  Admin →
                        • Clone complete Resource Group

                          For DEV/TEST/PROD environments, it would be great to have a the possibility to clone all resources within a resource group to a new one. (Public IP's and other unique resources will be an issue), but as far as the VM's are cloned, it would save A LOT of time!

                          15 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....

                            14 votes
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                              2 comments  ·  Windows  ·  Flag idea as inappropriate…  ·  Admin →
                            • Real Checkpoints - not VM Images

                              Checkpoints, as they are in Hyper-V and NOT VM Images as announced at Teched and already in production.

                              VM Images are not really the solution:

                              1. Amazon stores only the bits that have changed since the last snapshot, not again the whole machine.
                              If a have a server with TBs of data and checkpoint the virtual machine, why should I have to pay for the storage twice?
                              2. For a quick restore of the checkpoint, we would have to deploy the VM Image - no real solution in relation to how normal Hyper-V checkpoints work.

                              14 votes
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                              • Allow a VM to be added to an availability set without recreating the VM

                                Currently after you have created a VM you are not able to add this to an existing or new availability set. It would be great if this was available function to be completed at any point during a VM's lifecycle.

                                13 votes
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                                  3 comments  ·  Windows  ·  Flag idea as inappropriate…  ·  Admin →
                                • Support MSDN images (SharePoint, SQL Server, BizTalk, Dynamics) in Azure Resource Manager templates

                                  Support MSDN images (SharePoint, SQL Server, BizTalk, Dynamics) in Azure Resource Manager templates for dev/test scenarios.

                                  For example the following 3 VM SharePoint template: https://azure.microsoft.com/en-us/documentation/articles/virtual-machines-sharepoint-farm-azure-preview/ should be able to deploy using SQL and SharePoint images from MSDN, thus not attracting production licensing for dev scenarios.

                                  13 votes
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                                    1 comment  ·  Windows  ·  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!

                                    11 votes
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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.

                                      11 votes
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                                      • 3.5GB of RAM is insufficient for moderate workloads

                                        Despite the best efforts from OSG, Windows Server still consumes a considerable amount of RAM even when stripped-down. Add to that the memory usage by an instance of a local SQL Server (when Azure SQL is inappropriate or too costly) it's easy to hit the 3.5GB memory limit and suffer disk thrashing.

                                        I would like to see the memory allocations doubled at each instance tier level, though you can retain the CPU core count. If doubling is not economically feasible please extend the "Memory Intensive" range to offer a 2-core, 7GB option ($140/month?).

                                        Question: why is memory doled out at…

                                        11 votes
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                                          3 comments  ·  Windows  ·  Flag idea as inappropriate…  ·  Admin →
                                        • 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

                                          10 votes
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