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  1. 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.

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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…

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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!

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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.

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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)

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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

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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.

                    3 votes
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                    • 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 votes
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                      • Cannot create a VM using GRS Backup in another region

                        It looks like Microsoft is busy creating many products but they are not thinking about the basic necessity of product. I have given so much suggestion to Microsoft for product improvement and they implemented. Thanks for that. Currently, I just wanted to know Why you are not allowing the customer to spin up any VM from recovery GRS vault to create VM in the paired region? If this is not possible then I don't think so there is any real use case of GRS backup. Looks like they have not thought about the basic of the product. If a data…

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                        • Allows Custom Script Extension to access Private GitHub Repositories

                          While possible to specify account name and key for accessing blob storage when using the Custom Script Extension. There does not seem the ability to access a private GitHub repository by specifying an access token.

                          It would be good to have this ability to have private repository access to control VM extension scripts without needing to make them public or copy to blob storage.

                          2 votes
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                          • Reflect the result of Windows Custom Script Extensions as deploy result

                            When custom script extension is deployed to Linux VM and the script returns error, the deployment result is 'failed'
                            However, when it comes to Windows the deployment result is 'succeed' even the script returns error.
                            We want the Windows custom script extension acts same as Linux.

                            2 votes
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                            • Add VM with 8 vCPU and 256 GiB RAM for Azure Stack

                              We need this configuration for our BI solution.

                              2 votes
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                              • Hide SKUs

                                Implementing Azure Virtual Machines SKUs should only show the virtuals available to provision based off the policy. This way users don't have to dig through hundreds of Virtual machines to find one that is supported, would be better to have the virtuals filtered to show only approved Virtuals based of subscription policy?

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                                • B Series vms need and option for higher IO

                                  B Series vms need and option for higher IO. Many bursty workloads need the additional IO in conjunction with the CPU. Less usable otherwise.

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                                  • Azure Windows VM "Connect" button in portal should launch via URL instead .rdp download

                                    Azure Windows VM "Connect" button in portal should launch via URL instead .rdp download using https://docs.microsoft.com/en-us/windows-server/remote/remote-desktop-services/clients/remote-desktop-uri notice that this also works on Mac...

                                    Problem with current way... It's annoying to download file and after it's download also 2x click it to open. I also have 20+ .rdp files in downloads folder...

                                    2 votes
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                                    • High Security versions of VM images

                                      Currently after a VM is selected and loaded, the Security Center reports a high number of vulnerabilities to Remediate. For example, the Windows Server 2016 Datacenter image lists 151 issues. Remediation creates a great deal of work to research and implement.

                                      Ideally, in addition to the "standard" image, a "high security" version would be available that would have all OS vulnerabilities remediated, which would have no issues reported in Security Center.

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                                      • Review GS series prices as they are currently heavily overpriced

                                        Currently the GS series VM's are significantly overpriced compared to the DSv2 series. For example a DS12v2 is $600 a month giving you 4cpu/28gig. However the GS2 which is $1600 a month gives you 4cpu/56gig ram. This is the equivalent of $1000 for 28gig of ram or another 1.6xDS12v2 boxes for 28gig of ram. This doesn't make sense. I'd expect a price increase of $600 to $900 for the GS2.

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                                        • 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)

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