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  1. 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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  2. Show VM shutdown timestamp on portal

    Customer always need to query vm shotdown timestamp. It would be convenient for users to view the time on portal directly.

    7 votes

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  3. 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.

    7 votes

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  4. 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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  5. 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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  6. In-Place OS Upgrade in Azure

    It would be nice to see In-Place OS Upgrade in Azure. Currently we are working on a project to replace all VM with OS Windows 2008 because
    Microsoft will be officially ending its support for Windows Server 2008 R2 editions. The problem we are facing is we don't have support from vendor to reinstall the application on new platform and the only workaround offered by Microsoft are as following:


    1. Create an Azure VM that's running a supported version of an operating system, and then migrate the workload (Method 1)

    2. Download and upgrade the VHD of the VM (Method 2)

    6 votes

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  7. 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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  8. Stop the command

    There is no option to stop the running script.

    6 votes

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  9. 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.

    6 votes

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  10. 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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  11. Remove drive A: (virtual floppy disk)

    How can one possibly "insert" a floppy disk there?

    6 votes

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  12. Create a Windows Virtual Machine with name of more than 15 characters

    I understand that Azure limits Windows virtual machine names to 15 chars max - if i undestand right it's because of the legacy NetBios protocol - It would be great if this thin can be change and we can create more than 15 chars - if I want my machine name to hold the machine IP - only 4 time 3 chars plus the delimiters gets us to 15 chars
    ... (like 192.108.150.100 - 15 chars)

    6 votes

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  13. Provide an hours notice for any Underlying Host reboot that isn't Automatic/service healing

    For any underlying host reboots that happens on Azure there are always reboots that Azure can give prior notice about, it could be a hotfix you are applying to your host or you found an issue with the host and you need to reboot. If you gave us an hours notice instead of just rebooting hosts and in-turn VMs as and when you want, then we could have ramped up to 3 or more VMs to ensure we retained the high availability. The small increase in cost for this we are prepared for. We are not prepared for random (to…

    6 votes

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  14. Provide an option to increase temporary storage size without having to increase the VM size.

    Please provide an option to increase temporary storage size without having to increase the VM size.

    5 votes

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    Thanks for the valid suggestion. Your feedback is now open for the user community to upvote which allows us to effectively prioritize your request against our existing feature backlog and also gives us insight into the potential impact of implementing the suggested feature.

  15. Disable Server Manager on startup

    Please configure Windows Server images on Azure not to load Server Manager on startup (as EC2 does). This is a slow loading and resource consuming app that's mostly unnecessary for Azure VMs, and it's slowing down connecting to the machine via RDP.

    5 votes

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    Thanks for the valid suggestion. Your feedback is now open for the user community to upvote which allows us to effectively prioritize your request against our existing feature backlog and also gives us insight into the potential impact of implementing the suggested feature.

  16. Allow the setting of environment variables in arm templates.

    Currently I'm using the custom script extension to set an environment variable with all the information that I need to connect an app that I'm installing with an azure sql database. I've had to resort to parsing the values needed out of one variable as trying to run multiple commands with the custom script extension is not working. This would be resolved if there were a section of the arm template that allowed you to set values in your vm. I'm doing it this way because I'm generating the name for the db and the username and password are coming…

    5 votes

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  17. 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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  18. Azure VM unable to configure auto shut down, encountered error

    I tried to enable the auto shut-down for my VM, and I encountered this problem.
    Schedule failed to update {"error":{"code":"MissingSubscriptionRegistration","message":"The subscription is not registered to use namespace 'Microsoft.DevTestLab'. See https://aka.ms/rps-not-found for how to register subscriptions.","details":[{"code":"MissingSubscriptionRegistration","target":"Microsoft.DevTestLab","message":"The subscription is not registered to use namespace 'Microsoft.DevTestLab'. See https://aka.ms/rps-not-found for how to register subscriptions."}]}}

    5 votes

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  19. 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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  20. 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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