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  1. Automatically generalize VM's upon image creation

    In the Azure Gov online portal, if you create an image from a VM it will enter a fail state because it is an unprepared image. Microsoft will direct you to these docs for creating a generalized VM: https://docs.microsoft.com/en-us/azure/virtual-machines/windows/upload-generalized-managed. All of this should be done during image creation, and new VM's created from those images should work out of the box

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  2. Add ability to set VM resolution on creation

    VM resolution by default is 1024 x 768

    We use the VM's to run automation on a desktop application which requires a larger resolution to appear correctly.

    Please add the ability to set a default resolution on creation.

    Appreciate there are still limits on a VM resolution but should allow the freedom we need upto the limits.

    We currently use a workaround with RDPwrap but this is far from ideal and does not work in all circumstances.

    Providing the requested feature would eliminate a huge pain point and provide a much needed improvement to our user experience.

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  3. 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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  4. Have Azure Update Manager update itself for installations on premises.

    We've had vm's drop from inventory and were notified that the Azure Update Manager installed on premises needed to be manually updated. It would be great if the agent could reach out and check for new updates and update itself automatically.

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  5. Show VM shutdown timestamp on portal

    Customer always need to query vm shotdown timestamp. It would be convenient for users to view the time on portal directly.

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  6. Basic_A0 size should not list out when create Windows 2016 server from Azure portal

    The least RAM required for Windows 2016 server deployment is 512MB to boot. while Basic_A0 size VM has only 768MB Memory size. This size is not suitable for Windows 2016 server deployment in Azure. Since it will require more than 768 MB to login and operate normal things.

    Can you please move the Basic_A0 size out of the VM size list when we are creating Windows 2016 servers? this can avoid some issue.

    https://docs.microsoft.com/en-us/azure/virtual-machines/windows/sizes-previous-gen

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  7. You really gotta fix those machines.. If Paperspace has AIR machine with graphics card, 4 GB RAM, 2cores processor, hardware

    Thanks, dear.. You really gotta fix those machines.. If Paperspace has AIR machine with graphics card, 4 GB RAM, 2cores processor, hardware encoding, for 18$ flat price.. AZURE should have 4 high performance processors for 3$, + 4 GB RAM + 3$, + Storage usage + 0.10 cent per GB :)

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  8. Azure don't give any warning and providing size which will not work for the image we select

    Azure don't give any warning and providing size which will not work for the image we select:

    You can provision a windows Server 2016 with Basic_A0. But the size is below requirement and you won't be able to login and make that server work.

    Most of the time server will go in the failed state.

    I recommend, if azure can give some kind of warning of totally don't provide the size. when the selected size don't meet the minimum requirement for the selected server.

    Regarding the Case - 119052422002805

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  9. 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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  11. Support osDisk swap for encrypted VMs

    Today Azure provides a way to swap the osDisk of the VM only when the VM's osDisk is not encrypted.
    https://docs.microsoft.com/en-us/azure/security/azure-security-disk-encryption-overview

    Should be able to support this even when the VM is encrypted using Azure Disk Encryption.

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  12. remote desktop

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

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  13. Swapping the unhealthy physical node at starting VM

    For running VM, "Service healing" will prevents down-time.
    On the other hands, for initiation of VM, user have to wait for VM fully starts and user cannot detect the reason why VM starts slowly.

    I would propose that Azure automatically retry starting VM on another node in case Azure detect unhealthy node events.

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  14. Support for Teams & SFB on Windows Virtual Desktop

    With the release of Windows Virtual desktops on Azure, the multisession W10 offering does not support either of the Collaboration Tools, SFB or Teams. The support of these office apps with pass through support for peripherals is vital to make this offering viable. Please can this be looked at and delivered when the service goes public on Azure

    https://docs.microsoft.com/en-us/azure/virtual-desktop/set-up-customize-master-image

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  15. Protected settings available in Clear text in Deployment options

    When I use ARM template and Custom Script Extensions with protected settings, these options are available in clear text in Deployment option.

    Can you fix it?

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  16. 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

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  17. Add "VM JIT Requestor" role to Resource/RG level role list

    Quite often, I want to grant users login access to an Azure VM without giving them contributor access to modify the metadata associated with the VM itself. However, while Reader access gives users access to the Azure portal, and Virtual Machine User Login access allows users to login to the VM once in the portal, neither the aforementioned roles nor any other predefined role provides the ability to request JIT access to the VM.

    My workaround has been to create a cusotm role with the following allowed action: Microsoft.Security/locations/jitNetworkAccessPolicies/initiate/action

    However, this seems like an action that should either be allowed…

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  18. Successfully perform Windows Updates on General Purpose VM's

    When creating a Standard A1 v2 virtual machine in Azure, Windows Updates do not perform correctly. Azure Support have advised that the Virtual Machine needs to be increased in size, but i would expect all virtual machines offered in the Azure Portal to be able to perform Windows Updates...

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  19. 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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  20. M series VMs in North Central US

    SQL server virtual machines require a higher RAM/CPU (M series in North Central US) ratio than can be supplied using the standard VM sizes. Constrained CPU sizes were introduced to address this issue (eg E Series). Since the standard E and D series machines can be reserved please also allow the RAM constrained versions to be reserved so we can control workload of SQL server VMs.

    An ETA would be helpful.

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