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  1. Getting scheduled "VM Maintenance" using Powershell

    Hi Corey,

    It would be nice if customers could read scheduled maintenance using either Powershell or just a basic REST call. This will bring flexibility and create integration with servicec management systems for notification.

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    • 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…

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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.

      • 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…

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        • 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.

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          • Azure Website with GPU accelerated hardware (i.e. Tesla Series with CUDA)

            I have website with CUDA rendering that uses Nvidia Tesla with TCC mode that can use CUDA device in Windows service. Please add such VM image for Azure?

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            • Yes, Need to know when a virtual machine reboots.

              There needs to be an email sent when a VM is rebooted. You can do that now if the processor on the VM goes above a certain threshold.

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                planned  ·  Corey Sanders [MSFT] responded

                We do plan to add support to indicate when a VM has rebooted in the operation logs. We will investigate whether to also add support for emailing in this situation but i like the idea.

              • Autogrow for VMs

                Looks like there is work under progress to explore live migration / low downtime migration of VMs to reduce the down time during maintenance windows. Will be wonderful to build on it and make in place scale up / Down of a stand alone VM based on performance thresholds possible. Scaling out dosent foot the bill for all scenarios as it really requires SQL always on or ILB on top of it for the app to leverage elasticity in its current form.

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                • 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.

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                  • Automated backup for VMs running SQL Server 2014

                    The max retention range for configuring backups on Azure VMs running SQL Server seems to be 30 days. https://msdn.microsoft.com/en-us/library/azure/Dn906091.aspx

                    Could we have options to increase the retention period? This will make it a good archival solution.

                    7 votes
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                    • ADFS HA Template

                      One of the scenarios for Office 365 SSO is to deploy all of the SSO components in Azure: http://technet.microsoft.com/en-us/library/dn509537.aspx

                      "Scenario 2: All Office 365 SSO integration components deployed in Azure. This is the new, cloud-only approach; you deploy directory synchronization and AD FS in Azure. This eliminates the need to deploy on-premises servers."

                      If technically possible, it would be great to have instructions to setup site to site VPN, documentation which already exists, and then provision highly available ADFS servers via template.

                      I think medium sized customers with on-premise AD desiring SSO would find this attractive.

                      7 votes
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                      • Monitor VM Disks - Online/Offline

                        I have come across multiple scenarios while troubleshooting where the Disks went offline and Infra team not aware until its been informed by a user.

                        It would be better to have monitoring Disks were Online/Offline via Azure Portal

                        6 votes
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                        • 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).

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                          • create an IaaS VM - D1s v3 (1CPU, 4GB) spec

                            The equivalent spec is a last generation DS1 v2 (1 CPU 3.5GB)
                            The latest v3 generation should be D1s v3 (1 CPU, 4GB)

                            5 votes
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                            • Upgrade Custom Script Extension for Windows to include 'script' support (like Linux CSE 2.0)

                              The 1.9 version of CSE for Windows only supports 'commandToExecute'. It should support passing a base64-encoded script like the Linux 2.0.x version.

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                              • 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.

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                                • Enhancement to Get-AzureRMVMSize so that indicates whether supports Accelerated Networking

                                  Given that the list of VMs that currently support Accelerated Networking is limited, having an extra column denoting whether supported in Get-AzureRMVM would be useful so that can check status and link to provisioning scripts to validate - rather than wait for it to fail / check manually

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                                  • faster Windows update download to Azure VMs

                                    Today, I did WS2016 VM update (KB4022715 and more).

                                    The problem is that the download speed was really slow. It does not show any speed in number, but I can say it’s way slower than doing on my office desktop. It consumes almost 2 hours on A2 VM.

                                    In addition, I added language component of 16MB, and it consumes almost 1 hours?! It bring me back to 56K US robotics modem life.

                                    It would be good to give faster windows update and component download speed to Azure VMs.

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                                    • Gallery image for Server 2016 Core (No GUI)

                                      Since server 2008 I’ve tried to use core as the standard OS in everything I deploy (more so once it supported .net), especially in cloud where security teams are always picky, 2012 core was a great edition or even minimal GUI because it reduced the attack surface, Servers such as domain controllers don’t need a GUI at all but can’t be installed on Nano server.
                                      I was looking to upgrade our DCs in azure Dev to 2016 but don’t want to use the full GUI.

                                      Without the ability to remove the GUI like server 2012 a gallery image of core…

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                                      • 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.

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                                        • 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.

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