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  1. Found a bug creating VM's in Azure

    When creating new Virtual Machines from Gallery (Standard Windows 2012 R2 Datacenter)
    On Page 3 there is a problem attaching the new VM's to a Virtual Network.

    But if I change the Cloud service (DDL) to an existing Cloud service, the Network information is displayed. After that I can change it back to auto generate a new Cloud Service. But keep my Virtual Network configuration.

    It would be nice if the Virtual Network where visible from the beginning when creating many virtual machines in a network.

    See screendumps that is attached.

    Best regards,
    Tobias Jonsson

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  2. Virtual Machine with Visual Studio & SQL Express on it

    I love the idea of developing in the cloud and as a developer who is just gettting started I would like to have an image that has Visual Studio Express on it along with SQL Express. This would allow me to quickly get going, get money then buy a MSDN :-)

    1 vote
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  3. Upgrade OS

    You should be able to back up your files and data to a storage account and then upgrade your Windows Server OS to the latest version/edition.

    5 votes
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    Thanks for the feedback. This has a relatively high test cost and given we have the newest OS version available, we haven’t heard much interest in this.

    Please up-vote this and we will consider it.

    Corey

  4. Windows Images with different languages

    It would be great to have pre-built Windows images in different languages for testing software on foreign Windows systems.

    10 votes
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  5. 4 votes
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  6. Enable to manage your own endpoint list.

    Allow to manage (add/edit/change endpoints) to the default presented endpoint list. Example I from time to time need to enable special endpoints times in a repetitive manner. this will allow save my settings in the cloud and avoid me to keep a record of the settings I use.

    A option to reset to default will be also handy.

    1 vote
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  7. virtual machines column showing user that created

    when you create a virtual machine and then revisit mgmt. portal view you have no idea who created that virtual machine, and on what date.

    for team shared azure subscriptions this is really important as users don't want to have to bury this kind of information into virtual machine names.

    we need it so we can track down who has an a8/a9 virtual machine that's been left running for the past week, or who has a stuck one that needs to be deleted.

    we also need the last started/stopped date column view so we can determine if something basically hasn't…

    9 votes
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    Once we have more AAD integration into the creation and management of VMs, this will be possible. Stay tuned as we dig in here.

  8. acl order bug

    the endpoint acl rules display with a wrong order number, if i use rest api or powershell to change the order number of some rules, it will still display the old number~~

    1 vote
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  9. 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!

    118 votes
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  10. 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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    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.

  11. Give us the ability to load windows 7, pos read 7, windows 8, windows 8.1

    When it comes down to it those of us who actually use the msdn and the services, want to run and test both client and server builds, giving us access to client hardware that is on the same network as our servers would be excellent. I am in a hurting to install 2 or 3 clients windows 8.1 and pos read7 to do some actual testing. I know I can upload my own image file but it is overly inconvenient. since i have to down load the os from your servers and then convert the vhd and re-upload, when installing…

    2 votes
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  12. Make contacting support easier

    Azure clearly has some serious bugs. But the current process of contacting support to report these bugs sucks. We're supposed to sign up for a support subscription to tell you that your software is broken. Seriously?!?! Worse still, Microsoft is breaching their SLA's as a result. I can't wait for the class action lawsuit against Microsoft Azure.

    I'd love to see a real support process that would enable regular paying users can report problems.

    5 votes
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  13. Create SQL Cluster VMs

    I went to test SQL High Availability or Always On, it is too complicated to setup all. If there is a Wizard which will straight install SQL cluster up and running with multiple VMs sharing same storage and datacenter would be helpful.

    If there are pre configured services like,

    1. SQL Cluster (number of nodes)
    2. SQL Replicated VMs, First Primary, Second Merge Replicator or whatever. We can choose number of replicators.
    3. Setup two VMs or more with Mirroring, Replication, Logshipping etc, all configured once and up and running.
    4. Auto log backup SQL to Azure Storage every 15…

    9 votes
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  14. Virtual Machines Disks view must show disk size

    In Virtual Machines when you switch to Disks view, it’s very useful to show each disk size! I mean a new column with this important information.
    Please, this is a simple information, but helps a lot.

    1 vote
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  15. Virtual Machines Disks view must show disk size

    In Virtual Machines when you switch to Disks view, it’s very useful to show each disk size! I mean a new column with this important information.
    Please, this is a simple information, but helps a lot.

    4 votes
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  16. Need much better upload speed

    A deal breaker seems to be slow upload speed of large data (ca. <200 kB/s from Finland). Our application requires bulk transfer of large (100s GBs) data sets. Our Internet connections normally to most sites report 1000-1500 kB/s speeds).
    Import/Export device service doesn't seem to be available in Europe and seems to be a laborius option.

    9 votes
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  17. 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.

    189 votes
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  18. Provide single VM instance RDS capability

    Standalone RDS (RemoteApp and VDI) is only available for Windows Server 2008 R2 and not for Windows Server 2012. Server 2012 requires active directory and also will not allow it to be installed on the same VM as RDS. Please provide the capability to run all services needed for RDS on a single Windows Server 2012 VM.

    1 vote
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  19. RDP which works also with Mac OS X

    I tried many Mac RDP clients but none of them could connect to the Azure instances, maybe because of the special load balancer settings within the azure RDP file.

    5 votes
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  20. Make Windows Azure Powershell CmdLets available by Default

    The Windows Azure Powershell Commandlets are very powerful and would be a welcome addition to the Guest OS.

    8 votes
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