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  1. VS 2010 Guest VM Role: Runs VSw/AzureTools: Allows sandbox development via RDP.

    I'd like to deploy a special role that would provide me access to a endpoint I can connect to via Remote Desktop. When I login, I'd like a Virtual Visual Studio with Azure Tools, that has a XDrive (configured via configuration) so I can do all my Azure Development without ever having to install a thing. I'll pay monthly for the compute time I use developing, and the storage to keep my projects (via XDrive).

    29 votes
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  2. add the ability to use preconfigure iso images like Amazon in VM role

    Give the ability in VM role to use a preconfigure iso image, like the one Amazon has available.It will make easier to use and work with the VM role

    27 votes
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  3. Provide indication of OS type when viewing Virtual Machine list and instance details.

    Provide an icon or some other visual indicator of the type of operating system the Virtual Machine instance is running. This would be helpful on both the page listing all VMs, as well in the 'quick glance' section when viewing a specific VM.

    9 votes
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  4. 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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  5. 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.

    5 votes
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  6. Bring Citrix onboard Azure, Citrix is on AWS already

    As a Citrix Service Provider we need cloud computing platforms to host our customer's environments. We need to be able to host standalone and multitenented environments. Hurry up as AWS is already ahead and they already have many Citrix partners and businesses running their Citrix infrastructure on AWS. Don't miss this boat MS.

    6 votes
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  7. Instance(s) Down Maintenance Message

    I thought it a great idea to have the Windows Azure platform automatically display a site "maintenance" message to the site vistors (web role) when the load balancer is not able to connect to any of the configured web role instances. This "maintenance" message should be customizable (HTML/CSS).

    6 votes
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  8. Allow VMS to be added or removed from a cloud service after they are created.

    I'd like to be able to move my VMS in and out of a cloud service.

    The cloud service is a load balancer as far as I'm concerned.

    I want to be able to manage my VMS separate from it but get the benefit of load balancing in front of my applications.

    4 votes
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  9. Extend azure cache(Preview) to be used from IaaS VMs

    Currently it is not possible to use azure cache role (preview) from the web site deploy on VM that is running in IaaS.

    It would be nice to make it possible

    4 votes
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  10. Allow multiple concurrent users in the VM and allow printing from local printer using RDP

    I am looking to use the Azure VM as a desktop machine, where I have installed a Windows application, and allow concurrent users to RDP into the VM. This way I can have my customers use my company's program on the VM as a SaaS. Currently I can only have two concurrent users (even if I change the configuration of "limit number of connections" to "99999" there is still no change. The only way to do this is to add the "Remote Desktop Services" role and feature.
    I also think that the Azure VM should be able to access the…

    3 votes
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  11. 3 votes
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  12. A built in Virtual Desktop component and switcher

    Relative to Ubuntu's workspaces- as many as you want, and can be implemented right onto the taskbar. As well, coloumns, and rows

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  13. specify which local ip to give to my vm when I create or attach it.

    Specify which local ip to give to my vm when I create or attach it. This way I can specify a series of dns servers and then actually have servers to apply those addresses to. This is also helpful when migrating servers since it will then maintain its addressing structure.

    1 vote
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  14. VM machine should contain software library folder so time for downloading and installing will be reduce.

    Comparing with Cloudshare.com
    1. VM there are very less preconfigured VM's are available.
    2. They provide the access through browser good one for mobile device users.
    3. Share the own machine drives for data sharing with RDP VM machine should be included.
    4. Deployment of Non Microsoft (MySql and PHP) website need to make easy with tool tips and tutorials.
    5. Overall Good Speed in VM machine with best BCP support.
    6. Thanking you for providing preview to test the environment .

    2 votes
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  15. Provide UI tooling for VM upload

    It is fairly difficult and complicated the number of steps needed for uploading a VM/VHD to azure. We really need a UI tool. Perhaps now that Win8 has Hyper-V built in there could be a button in the Hyper-V GUI to upload the VM/VHD straight to Azure in a nicely integrated wizard way.

    3 votes
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  16. Have pre-built base images for Windows (and probably other OS) in Azure, to speedup the process of setting up a VM role.

    Right now, creating a new base image, configuring and uploading it is a VERY time consuming (and error prone) process. Please provide pre-built images that we can upload and use immediately or customize. It would be awesome to have them available inside the Azure management portal so we don't need to download/upload them, just reference what we need and presto.

    2 votes
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    planned  ·  Calvin responded

    This is alreayd in plan. More details to come as we get closer to the next VMRole release.

  17. Display VM size (S/M/L/XL) for every role on WA Portal

    Create a label on the Windows Azure portal which indicates the configured VM size for each role deployed to a tenant. Customers have difficulty easily determining what is deployed in larger deployment scenarios.

    2 votes
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  18. All cloud service/role instances and VMs should have a thumbnail screenshot

    One of the differences between VMs and physical machines is that you cannot see what's going on when RDP doesn't work, for example when the machine has locked up or when it is booting.

    It would be great to be able to get a screenshot of the current state, a bit like in HyperV server.

    This would help us diagnose problems.

    For example, the other day I was worried that one of my VMs was taking ages to boot up. It turns out it was doing a Windows Update before RDP was available.

    If I could see a screenshot, I…

    2 votes
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    This is a very interesting, it would be a cool way to see the current state of each of the resources that you have.

  19. Improve Load Balancing Wizard

    I find the process for creating a load balanced endpoint in the new azure portal to be completely counter intuitive. It's unfortunate because it's a big sore spot on an otherwise smooth experience.

    http://social.msdn.microsoft.com/Forums/en-US/windowsazuremanagement/thread/e2e831f8-b21b-4c58-8b5d-6c9146e69fa7

    My problem is that creating a load balanced endpoint doesn't behave at all the way I would expect it to. In the case where I have multiple machines and I'm setting up a load balanced endpoint for the first time why can't I just create a load balanced endpoint from the wizard without having a pre-existing endpoint?

    Also why can't I edit an existing single-machine endpoint…

    2 votes
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  20. Provide variable cost and cost based task running

    Amazon has got this nice feature of providing variable costs based on their server load. You can get a VM going ONLY when the cost is lower that a certain threshold.
    It makes perfect sense for a DB engine where lots of archiving, aggregating etc. is required and the user wants to be sure to stick to the budget.

    2 votes
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