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  1. Avoid broken links on Azure web site

    On an Azure windows instance there is a file called DATALOSS_WARNING_README.txt on disk D: referring to
    http://msdn.microsoft.com/en-us/library/windowsazure/jj672979.aspx. When I open that page it shows " Note

    This article will be removed from the Azure library in the coming weeks. Newer information is available on the Azure website. See About disks and VHDs for virtual machines and About images for virtual machines."

    So this will become a broken link!!
    (why the heck to web sites change their links all the time?)

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  2. Azure Marketplace image for SQL Server 2017 editions on Windows Server 2016 - Server Core

    I would like to see a SQL Server 2017 editions on Windows Server 2016 - Server Core included in the Azure Marketplace. The marketplace currently only holds images for the SQL Server on full versions of Windows Server 2016 DC.

    Many DBAs are comfortable with SQL Server on Windows Server Core installations. It reduces the overhead over the UI in both resource usage and patches. Also allows for quickly (re)booting nodes to be horizontally scaled when required.

    Currently such a configuration can only be achieved by manually preparing a VM image and uploading it to Azure. Which also requires a…

    2 votes
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  3. Cluster Network Communication for Cluster Aware Updating

    As you know, Zero Downtime and small maintenance windows don't often come together well.

    We would like to leverage Cluster Aware Updating to patch our HA clusters. The problem is that the Cluster Network does not allow communication.

    We would like to see the network traffic enabled for the Cluster IP so that we may let automation safely patch and fail over.

    6 votes
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  4. 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..

    16 votes
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  5. 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

    90 votes
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  6. 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…

    24 votes
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  7. Encrypting Windows VMs - Add the ability to set a drive letter for the bek volume

    When encrypting a Windows VM, one does not have the ability to set a drive for the bek volume. Currently the next drive letter available is what is used. This is not an optimal scenario if you have drive standards that must be adhered to.

    10 votes
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  8. Managed disk snapshot governance should be integrated with Recovery services vault.

    There are many applications that aren't VSS-aware. There are many Linux workloads like Openshift that are incompatible with Azure backup. However they are compatible with Managed disk snapshots ie. the application doesn't break when restored from snapshot but does when restored from Azure backup. The snapshot governance should be as granular and sophisticated as backup's

    1 vote
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  9. 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!

    14 votes
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  10. 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....

    15 votes
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  11. 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.

    15 votes
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  12. 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 ).

    5 votes
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  13. 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.

    132 votes
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  14. make premium disks available for N class (with gpu) VMs

    N class machines (with gpu) dont support premium disks.

    Disk IO is significantly slower than aws equivalent VMs (p2)

    2 votes
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  15. Regional Settings for Windows VM

    This request is submitted on behalf of one of my important customers.

    When deploying Windows VM from Azure gallery image, we do not have the option to configure regional settings such as language/date format. By default, they are EN-US.

    This will incur additional management overhead for customers that have a large deployment who has regional settings requirement. They have to log in the VM to change the settings accordingly.

    The VM deployment interface (Azure portal and/or Azure PowerShell) should allow selection of different regional settings, just like the standard Windows setup does.

    Please kindly let us know whether we have…

    12 votes
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  16. failed arm deploys

    Failed ARM VM Extension deployments are not re-runnable.

    When you use ARM to deploy a VM extension, if it fails then subsequant deploys always fail as well and the only way to fix it is to manually go back and delete the extension.

    ONe example for this is the SQLIaasExtension - I deployed the microsoft sql image including this extension and got an abrstract error:

    "VM has reported a failure when processing extension 'SqlIaasExtension'. Error message: \\\"SQL Server IaaS Agent: Cannot open log for source 'Microsoft SQL Server Server Status Reporting'. You may not have write access."

    Re-running the deploy…

    5 votes
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  17. 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

    12 votes
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  18. Provide Azure License Server as a Service

    Most Azure VMs have the Windows license built into the pricing model which is great as we don't have to worry about licensing.

    However when it comes to Remote Desktop Services VMs we need to provide our own CALs for each of the users that will connect to the server. This is a major pain point as the CALs are time consuming to obtain and a hassle to keep track of.

    It would simplify things greatly if Microsoft could provide user licensing as a service on Azure, and allow us to manage the licenses through the portal.

    Then it would…

    9 votes
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  19. when the vm creation, need a option to change temperary drive from D to others

    when the vm is creating , we need a option to change temporary drive from D to others

    2 votes
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  20. Windows VM ability to auto-execute customdata

    When you pass custom data to a windows virtual machine it gets dropped into a file, but there is no way to have it automatically execute. Linux VMs have this functionality through the linux agent and cloud init. It would be convenient to pass a DSC script or custom startup script through custom data without having to use the CustomScript or DSC extension (because then you don't have to deal with copying files to a storage account or generating SAS tokens).

    7 votes
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