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  1. 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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  2. 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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  3. Increase VM Maximum username of 15 characters

    Increase VM Maximum username of 15 characters to 30 characters. More characters = better security.

    Why this was reduced when new VM's and containers where added is unexplained anywhere I could find. It makes no sense from a security point of view

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  4. 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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  5. 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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  6. 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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  7. 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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  8. 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.

    2 votes
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  9. On AWS, the user can control CoreCount of EC2(VMs). I hope that Microsoft Azure provide more flexible options to control vCPUs for VM Size.

    On AWS, the user can control CoreCount of EC2(VMs). I hope that Microsoft Azure provide more flexible options to control vCPUs for VM Size.

    Specifying CPU Options for Your Instance
    https://docs.aws.amazon.com/AWSEC2/latest/UserGuide/instance-optimize-cpu.html
    To disable multithreading during instance launch (AWS CLI)

    Use the run-instances AWS CLI command and specify a value of 1 for ThreadsPerCore for the --cpu-options parameter. For CoreCount, specify the number of CPU cores. In this example, to specify the default CPU core count for an r4.4xlarge instance, specify a value of 8.
    aws ec2 run-instances --image-id ami-1a2b3c4d --instance-type r4.4xlarge --cpu-options "CoreCount=8,ThreadsPerCore=1" --key-name MyKeyPair

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  10. Add option to control VM agent log placement and rotation

    Currently all the agents that can be deployed onto an Azure Windows VM log into two hardwired folders: C:\WindowsAzure and C:\Packages\Plugins.

    Also, much (all?) of the actual agent binaries are also placed in these files, including any newer versions.

    Unfortunately neither the logs, nor the older defunct binaries are removed. Using 30+ Windows VMs for around a year, with Diagnostic Agents, Backup Agents, DSC lcm, and others. Neither of these clean up any of their "litters" generated during their operation.

    This means, the above folders (especially WIndowsAzure) continues to grow indefinitely. Currently these are on around 3-5GB of size for…

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  11. Automatic snapshot before Windows Update installation (IaaS)

    Sometimes Windows Update problems can cause major issues with Azure VMs, therefore is it possible to create functionality where the OS can notify Azure before it installs updates, and then at this point Azure can take an automatic snapshot?

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  12. remote desktop

    Facilitate using remote desktop on new VMs.
    This serial console is junk.

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    Thanks for the suggestion. Your feedback is now open for the user community to up-vote & comment on. This 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.

  13. Allow RG / Subscription move for VM in Availability Zones

    Actually is not possibile to move Managed Disks and IP Addresses for VM located in Availability Zones

    2 votes
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  14. If user configured a domain controller and user forget the account & password.

    If user configured a domain controller and user forget the account & password. user can not get VM's data anytime. user can not reset account & password, too.

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  15. 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)

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  16. 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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  17. Azure Marketplace image for SQL Server 2017 editions on Windows Server 2016 - Server Core

    I would like to see a SQL Server 2017 editions on Windows Server 2016 - Server Core included in the Azure Marketplace. The marketplace currently only holds images for the SQL Server on full versions of Windows Server 2016 DC.

    Many DBAs are comfortable with SQL Server on Windows Server Core installations. It reduces the overhead over the UI in both resource usage and patches. Also allows for quickly (re)booting nodes to be horizontally scaled when required.

    Currently such a configuration can only be achieved by manually preparing a VM image and uploading it to Azure. Which also requires a…

    2 votes
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  18. 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.

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  19. Azure Safe Mode Access

    Requesting the ability to use Safe Mode in Azure Gov.

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  20. Add VM with 8 vCPU and 256 GiB RAM for Azure Stack

    We need this configuration for our BI solution.

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