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  1. rename vm

    Add the ability to rename a VM. The VM name is what appears in Azure, not the DNS name.

    Changing a VM's name should not affect the VM in any way. If you need a unique identifier for a VM that does not change, I suggest using a GUID rather than the VM's name in Azure.

    550 votes
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  2. Allow me to select drive letter for the temp drive in virtual machine.

    Customers have been asking for this every since IAAS went into preview. There are many customer migrating their on premise applications to Azure IAAS. Some of these applications have hard references to D: drive. It is possible to manually move temp drive from D: to another drive letter but it is hard to automate this. A simple fix for this is to move this temp drive to a Z: drive. A better fix may be to allow Azure Portal and PowerShell to select the drive letter for the temp drive during VM creation process.

    This will simplify migrations.

    469 votes
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  3. Ability to move virtual machines to a different region

    Ability to move virtual machines to a different region

    429 votes
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  4. Production / Staging VM

    Provide a way to group VMs into production / staging environment. Somehow like the production / staging environments of cloud services.

    288 votes
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  5. Enable ICMP traffic to Azure VMs over the Internet

    There are several scenarios that ICMP traffic to Azure VMs is necessary. Specially for monitoring tools that requires this kind of communication. When the time this was written, AWS offers ICMP traffic controlled by endpoints, which is not possible with Azure VMs endpoints.

    249 votes
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  6. WSUS as a Service in Windows Azure

    Microsoft needs to develop a WSUS as a service in Microsoft Azure with support for update domain in Azure. Perhaps it should be linked together with the System Center Advisor.

    242 votes
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    We are considering a update service but not specific plans right now. Thanks for the recommendation. Let’s get the votes up. :)

  7. A "sleep" state of VM which is cost wise similar to stop state. The VM wakes up and continues the previous session without rebooting OS.

    It is a great feature of Azure to stop costs if the VM is stopped. But shutdown the VM needs close all the running programs and applications in the current session. It will be great if the VM can have a sleep mode which can stop all the costs (or partially). So users can quickly resume the work in the new session without restarting the VM.

    204 votes
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  8. Shareing Virtual Machines Between Different Azure Accounts

    I have 10 plus developers in my group. All have MSDN licenses and we are exploring the use of Azure to do our SharePoint development. In order to setup SharePoint properly you need 3 Virtual Machines, a DC, a SQL Server and a SharePoint server. It would be nice if between the 10 developers they could share a DC and SQL Server and only have a SharePoint server unique to them. Of course, doing this in a secure fashion is key.

    197 votes
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    The ability to share images between subscriptions that are under the same billing entity is something we are looking to add.

  9. Add gallery image for Server 2012 R2 Standard

    Please add a gallery image for Server 2012 R2 Standard.

    Please allow this option so we can align with our corporate standard VM version, it would not be a big deal if we could bring our own standard image and deploy it across storage accounts, but that is not possible either... so we either have to use a gallery image and customize it, or else we have to bring our own standard image and keep it across many, many storage accounts and subscriptions.

    Using Datacenter version locks us into Azure, there is a big licensing cost to bring a VM…

    186 votes
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    This is really good feedback. Thanks for raising the licensing issues when moving these images around. We do want to make mobility easy. Let me dig into it…

  10. Allow resize of attached VHD-disks

    Right now you cannot resize your VHD-disks once attached to a VM directly from the portal. Edit should be possible to at least increase the size of VHD-disks on demand.

    186 votes
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    Given the sparse nature of Windows Azure Storage and with recent announcement for trim support on guest OS’s that support trim, the need for resizing should be reduced, as you should just assume you start with the largest size possible and only pay for what you use.

  11. Allow easy donation of unused CPU cycles to cancer research, Folding@home, etc.

    I would like to easily 'donate' my unused CPU cycles towards a good cause, such as cancer research within the Folding@home project.

    Ideally this setting would be incorporated into the config of my worker roles, or within the Windows Azure portal.

    162 votes
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  12. Please provide a way for grouping the endpoints and assign as a group name to the Azure VMs

    We are adding endpoints for each virtual machine once created. Normally the RDP endpoint will be created by default, and can be added more if required by specifying the port #. I feel there are additional features needed to make this feature more flexible and to secure them in a centralized place. Some are -

    1. The endpoints are configured by defining the ports, but it is not accepting whether the ports are inbound or outbound. So, there should be an option to include the port to open for inbound or outbound instead of configuring in the VM.

    2. There…

    122 votes
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  13. Azure Antimalware should be able to scan blob storage

    Azure Antimalware should be able to scan blob storage. Currently you have to save the file a a file system for the real time protection to be able to scan it. Once it has been scanned then you would have to move it to the blob storage. Would like to be able to write directly to blob storage and have the real time protection monitoring the files.

    115 votes
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  14. Ability to mount a blob or virtual disk as an iSCSI device

    Either blobs or virtual disks should be mountable as as an iSCSI device. Right now, I'd have to create a windows server with an iSCSI target. This seems like madness because the blob is already some kind of virtual device.

    iSCSI is ideal for clustering and availability services and would solve problems with SQL Server clusters and other Windows Server cluster requirements.

    103 votes
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  15. 86 votes
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  16. Mounting BLOB storage in file system like NFS

    I just would like to mount a BLOB storage directory in a Linux file system like it was an NFS drive. Thanks to FUSE, a userlevel driver can be made to share files across machines.

    Currently, if you need to share files between VMs you have to set up SAMBA or NFS having a "master" node that holds the main copy of the files, and other VMs mount these shares in their file systems.

    Proposal: "see" a BLOB storage directory like a directory in the main file system. This idea can be extended to Windows VMs using shared folders

    75 votes
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  17. search by ip

    It would be nice to search/filter virtual machines in the azure portal by IP number

    71 votes
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  18. subdomain cloudapp.net (etc.) rather than having a global namespace

    It would be nice to be able to not have to use globally unique server / service / website names. It would be cool to have the ability to tie an extra level of subdomain to each of the various parts of Azure. This would mean I could do: web01.foocorp.cloudapp.net etc.

    65 votes
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  19. Linux Gentoo image (VHD) by Microsoft

    Add Gentoo Linux support.

    64 votes
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  20. add the ability to create a VM and install an OS (Linux/Windows) from an .ISO

    It would be great to be able to stand up a VM w/ my hardware requirements and mount an .iso of the OS that I want to install. This is how Hyper V and vCenter works. We would upload the OS .ISO to a datastore, give the new VM access to the indicated datastore, and use the .ISO that is on the datastore as a bootable OS.

    This way we could install custom linux OS's or other versions of windows (e.g. server 2008 R2 Standard x64)

    59 votes
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