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  1. Microsoft Software Reactivation after VM shut down and restart

    Currently any Microsoft software installed on an Azure VM does not support retail activation because everyday if the VM is shut down from portal, then restart, the software require re-activation. (Unless we have setup KMS which takes quite an effort for support), please fix this so that Azure will be a better platform to choose from compare to other similar cloud services (i.e. A - W - S, etc.)

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    What software are you having difficulties with? Office retail (like Word, PowerPoint) is not support to run inside Azure VMs, which might be your problem.

    corey

  2. Stop charging for VM's that have never been logged on to

    Stop charging for VM's that have never been logged on to. I'll be closing my account because of this.

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    Hey Jeff,

    I am sorry to hear about the problem here. Can you explain a bit more about what happened? You created a VM and then did not log in and got charged?

    Corey

  3. Ability to move resources

    Some examples:

    1) You set up something (e.g. SQL, VM, storage, CDN, etc.) in a region because a feature wasn't available in another region. Then it becomes available, and you are stuck in the old region because moving things requires lots of manual work, copies, DNS changes, etc., if at all possible. It would be great to allow to simply "change region", and Azure does everything needed behind the scenes. Of course you pay for the bandwidth, but the operation could be transparent.

    2) You set up a VM, and you forget to put it in an affinity group. Shouldn't…

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  4. Fix link on error message for server not stopped on capture VM

    In a VM on the Azure portal, click Capture on a non-stopped vm. Click the down arrow to expand the message. Click learn more link. Link heads to a generic microsoft.com page rather than an article.

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  5. I can't launch A8 Type in San Antonio Region.

    I had try four times in different time.
    But I still can't launch A8 type VM.
    Could you check out that?

    Thanks

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    0 comments  ·  Linux  ·  Flag idea as inappropriate…  ·  Admin →

    Thanks for the feedback. Right now, San Antonio does not support the A8/A9 sizes. We are constantly looking to increase our size options in the regions but right now, this isn’t available there.

  6. ***** down on bots and exploits

    My SSH server has been attacked twice in the past 24 hours by two different Azure hosts. Please do more than promise people that you'll look into people using your services for abusing other servers.

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  7. Enable to manage your own endpoint list.

    Allow to manage (add/edit/change endpoints) to the default presented endpoint list. Example I from time to time need to enable special endpoints times in a repetitive manner. this will allow save my settings in the cloud and avoid me to keep a record of the settings I use.

    A option to reset to default will be also handy.

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  8. Fix the incorrect IP's assigned to VM's

    It appears new VM's are bing assigned IP's that are geolocated or identified in the wrong regions. In the most recent case, a US-East VM is being detected as coming from Brazil.

    IP's should be selectable/changeable from the Admin Portal.

    7 votes
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  9. Reduce cloud costs with Shared virtual cores for Developers and Testers

    In Azure the smaller configurations of Virtual Machines (either Windows or Linux) are:

    Extra Small (A0) 1 Virtual Core shared 768 MB RAM
    Small (A1) 1 Virtual Core 1.75 GB RAM
    Medium (A2) 2 Virtual Cores 3.5 GB RAM

    You can note that Extra-Small is the only configuration with shared virtual core.

    Due to SQLServer requires a minimum of 1 GB of RAM, "Extra Small" has no enought size for running IIS and SQL Server.

    The "shared virtual core" option is less expensive because you pay ONLY when your VM is consuming cycles of CPU (in other words, when App…

    4 votes
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    Please share more details on what was hard and what didn’t work!! We are VERY passionate to make this better. Please help us. :)

    Corey

  11. Don't send me Virtual Machine Maintenance emails if I don't have any VM deployments

    The virtual machine maintenance window emails are annoying and I guess it is sent to every single Azure customer. I'm just a blob storage user and should not be receiving those emails.

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  12. acl order bug

    the endpoint acl rules display with a wrong order number, if i use rest api or powershell to change the order number of some rules, it will still display the old number~~

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  13. Tiered compute power, analogous to current RAM tiers.

    Azure workloads are not all memory limited, nor can every job be easily refactored into a hadoop-like task. Based on current tests, it appears that the available processors are a great deal slower than personal budget laptops for various tasks.

    Offering a blend of CPU/Memory options, or even a load balancer selection that uses auto-scale out based on compute bound or memory bound tasks would be a game changer.

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  14. Estimated monthly Fees Visible on VMs from gallery

    When creating a VM from Gallery it mentions that they are special configurations and additional fees apply, but it does nto tell you which fees. Make it easier to see what fees may actually apply.

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  15. How about the dynamic port mapping details

    If a socket connection not active in more than 4 minutes, why the port mapping clear in windows azure vms

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  16. Add more VM size options

    The new A5, A6 are great but too expensive. I need something in between. I need a 4 core 14gb option. In addition, the prices you charge for more RAM seem steep. High end 16GB DIMMS cost $250., you basically charge that PER MONTH for the privilege of getting more RAM. It just seems out of whack.

    6 votes
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    Thanks, Aaron. We will take a look at this. Do the BASIC sizes allow you to have a bit more flexibility in the pricing?

  17. Enable possibility to enable Hyper V on Azure servers

    Hi,

    I want to learn how to work with Hyper-V. I deployed 2 Server 2012 DC but it is not possible to install Hyper-V as a service to learn how to finetune / debug Hyper-V issues.

    The solution at this moment is to launch VMware ESX and deploy Hyper-V under ESX.
    I think this can be improved for Azure -> I need IaaS on Azure to decommission my old hardware test lab.

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    Thanks, Jan. This is actually a limitation of HyperV itself. WE will keep this in mind as we look at future versions of Windows.

  18. Retrieve VM meatdata information from within the VM

    I am using Cassandra. Cassandra is a distributed DB (http://cassandra.apache.org/).

    Every record is replicated across a configurable number of nodes.
    To ensure HA the nodes holding the replicas are selected in different racks. In the Azure cloud the analogy of a different rack is a different Update Domain (for comparison in AWS the analogy is different Availability Zones).
    See more information here http://www.datastax.com/documentation/cassandra/2.0/cassandra/architecture/architectureDataDistributeReplication_c.html

    The nodes communicate with each other in p2p protocols and share the "rack" information among themselves. Every node is aware of the network topology of all the other nodes in the cluster including which rack…

    3 votes
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    planned  ·  Corey Sanders [MSFT] responded

    Thanks for the feedback. Improved reporting from within the VM is something we will look at improving.

  19. Make it possible to download a compressed (zip?) vhd instead of the full vhd

    Make it possible to download a compressed (zip?) vhd instead of the full vhd. Now I have to download the whole vhd and not just the bits that are actually used.

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    We are thinking of enabling an easy way to download a dynamic VHD to reduce the download size, if that helps? Unfortunately, I don’t think VHD files compress that well.

  20. Develop VM images, server types (i.e. high CPU core #), specifically for CPU cryptocurrency mining.

    The mining software could be compiled and set up and updated for the most popular CPU cryptocurrencies (e.g., HeavyCoin HVC, Primecoin XPM, Riecoin RIC, etc.). The VM images could be developed for ease-of-use for non Linux savvy users who are interested in delving into crypto mining. There are many profitable services who sell Bitcoin or Litecoin cloud mining services, so Windows Azure could develop a line of CPU mining services to make it easy, since the infrastructure is already in place.

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