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  1. 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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    • 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 ).

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      • 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…

        4 votes
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        • Remove drive A: (virtual floppy disk)

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

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          • Auto update of ports

            It is very problem to open the ports in office environment. from past one month I am working from home as azure port are blocked in my office, we need to follow up with my local network team to open ports every time when we create new VM, instead of that we need give the range of ports to our network admin to open but we are not sure while creating VM what is ports open by azure, we have feature of giving manually while creating but I need to check for free ports in my range and give it.

            4 votes
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            • Failover Cluster support besides SQL AlwaysOn

              It would be great for failover clustering to be supported with Azure VMs as it would allow my customers to migrate all their thinkable on-premises workloads to Azure. Move to an Azure-only environment is being asked more frequently.
              Shared VHDX and a way to get a valid cluster IP address seems to be key for this to get operational.
              It would be a perfect in combination with availability sets for e.g. file server clusters, SQL failover clusters, custom application clusters

              4 votes
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              • 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.

                4 votes
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                  1 comment  ·  Windows  ·  Flag idea as inappropriate…  ·  Admin →

                  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 votes
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                  • 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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                    • Stop the command

                      There is no option to stop the running script.

                      3 votes
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                      • Allow Premium Disks connected to NV* VM

                        Allow Premium Disks connected to NV* VMs

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                        • Reset Remote Desktop service configuration

                          The "Reset Remote Desktop service configuration" function should include resetting the (possibly modified) RDP port number to 3389 in the registry.

                          The registry key is HKEY_LOCAL_MACHINE\System\CurrentControlSet\Control\TerminalServer\WinStations\RDP-Tcp\PortNumber

                          This may be a non-typical cause for inability to get into RDP contact with the VM, but when it is the problem then resetting the port number would be a life-saver. It would have saved me quite a few hours and the expenditure of a support incident.

                          3 votes
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                          • Allow empty LicenseType value in VM properties.

                            I have a generic template that contains everything I need to deploy a fully configured VM.

                            Normally we use HUB-licensed images, so my template contains the "LicenseType" property with value "Windows_Server".

                            However, in some specific cases I need to deploy a VM based on an image from the marketplace. The deployment then fails with en error: "Image <xxxx> is neither from on-premises nor eligible for Hybrid Use Benefits (HUB)."
                            But the only allowed values for LicenceType are "Windows_Server" or "Windows_Client". Passing an empty value ("" or null) raises an error.

                            So I need to remove the LicenseType property from my…

                            3 votes
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                            • Make certificateUrl optional for HTTPS WinRM

                              Requiring that I either generate a certificate for every VM before I create the VM or use the same certificate for HTTPS configuration of WinRM is not ideal (you can't ever change the reference certificateUrl after creating the VM, and it has to reference a specific secret version).

                              Please auto-generate a self-signed certificate if the certificateUrl is ommitted.

                              It should be as simple as SSH on Linux VMs which is auto-configured on first boot!

                              3 votes
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                              • Check Virtual Machine Resources availability before starting Virtual Machine

                                Check Virtual Machine Resources availability before starting Virtual Machine. We have got serveral "Failed" errors when starting a Virtual Machine on an Availability Group due the lack of resources ( CPU, RAM ... etc ) on ARM infrastructure. We have autostart and Stop script that runs daily, it's interesting to have a Powershell Command to check if there ara enought resources to start a Virtual MAchine prior to execute the Start-AzureRMVM, so we can move this VM to another Availabilty Group or zone to avoid "failed" status.

                                3 votes
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                                • 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)

                                  3 votes
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                                  • Generate Power Shell Script instead of creating the VM

                                    It would be useful to be able to go to through VM Wizard and instead of creating the VM at the end you had the option of generating a script to do the job.

                                    In fact this would be a really useful feature for many of the portal wizards.

                                    It would teach you Azure powershell as well as make your life easier by allowing you to quickly spin up environments.

                                    3 votes
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                                    • Clone production enviroment to azure msdn dev/test

                                      With the recent announcement of the new EA and pay-as-you-go MSDN dev/test subscriptions for Azure, it would be great if we had the ability to clone our production enviroments into an MSDN dev/test subscription to ensure an identical enviroment for testing new releases. Of course something's would have to change (external ip) which the user should be prompted for if they can set it, or informed of if they can't

                                      3 votes
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                                      • Simple snapshot from a VM

                                        A easy way to snapshot a VM and restore to that point.

                                        It is important for tests

                                        3 votes
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                                        • Ability to move Virtual machines between suscriptions

                                          We work with projects creating a suscription for each project. That way we can have control of how much money we expend on the windows azure service.
                                          But sometimes, we would like to reuse existing machines that we used in one suscription to a second suscription for a different project.

                                          I know we can replicate VM, o use backup disk, etc, but it would be so much easier if we have an option to just move one VM from one suscription to another suscription. It seems very easy and is only for accounting issues.

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