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  1. Support configuring the MAC address of virtual NICs

    I have a very specific deployment scenario where controlling the MAC address of virtual NICs is a requirement.

    Please allow me to either specify a range of MAC addresses for a subnet, or the MAC address of a specific NIC, just like I can in Windows Server Hyper-V.

    Thanks!

    9 votes
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  2. 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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  3. Virtual machine console access

    There is no VMConnect capability for console access to the VM as there is with Hyper-V.

    So in the situation where I lost connectivity, by misconfiguration, or system failure, is there only one very time and bandwith consuming way to fix it - download the VHDs on-premise, boot it in Hyper-V and VMConnect to repair VM, then upload all GBs back to the Azure...

    I requesting console access, also with ability to mount some image for repair and boot from it (as we do it in standard environment).

    2,019 votes
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    Thanks for the valid suggestion. Your feedback is now open for the user community to upvote which allows us to effectively prioritize your request against our existing feature list and also gives us insight into the potential impact of implementing the suggested feature

  4. 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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  5. 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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  6. 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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  7. 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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  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. 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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  10. 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.

  11. 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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  12. Add Hyper-V Replica for offsite backup

    Allow us to send Replicas offsite for DR in case Azure goes down. Customers are not trusting cloud initiatives enough to move fully into the cloud without having an offsite backup.

    16 votes
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  13. Allow Virtual Machine's to be provisioned by providing a URL to a .OVA file

    Virtual Machine's could be provisioned by providing a URL to .OVA file or other VM file formats.

    33 votes
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  14. implement a REST API call to be able to delete a virtual machine using its public/private ip

    this will make the infrastructure one step closer to a real IaaS environment.

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  15. 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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  16. Add VM to DC from management API

    Currently it is only possible to add only new VMs to DC either through management API or powershell.

    For example there is a VM, which i want to join to DC running in the same VNET and in azure IaaS. There is no way we can do that either from API or Powershell, VM needs to be added to DC manually by specifying DNS IP in IPV4 config.

    It is alway important to update existing machines that are running in work group to be added to DC and VNET without bringing them down.
    Also it would be useful for managing…

    1 vote
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  17. 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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  18. 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.

  19. 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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  20. 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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