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  1. Upload VHDX

    A support for uploading VHDX images would be great. With that it wouldn't be necessary anymore to migrate a VHDX to VHD before.

    313 votes
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    • Ability to move VM into a VNET (Virtual Network)

      The ability to move a existing VM into a existing Virtual Network.

      273 votes
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      • Delete VM with all associated resources

        Deleting a VM is a lot of click work. I have to manually delete the associated Network interface, Network security group, Public IP address. And then, from the associated storage account, I have to drill down into the VHD container in the right Blob to delete the associated .vhd and .status files.

        Also, I have to do it in the right order, because there are dependencies between the various objects. If not, it fails, and I get a big fat pink error.

        Also, the overview list does not refresh after the 'success' notification is posted, so I sit there guessing…

        206 votes
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        • Allow multiple reserved IP addresses be assigned to a single VM

          Currently you can only have one reserved (static) public IP for a given Azure VM. This limits any case where you would want to run multiple SSL enabled sites/applications on the standard 443 port.

          I understand there is support for SNI SSL with host headers but not all applications and devices support this feature. Current competition in you market allow up to 5 IPs. A limit I believe is still arbitrarily low given the power of your larger VM instances available.

          49 votes
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          • Don't require me to "add an Azure disk" to make it usable with a VM

            If I create a virtual machine using the Azure management portal, or the PowerShell module, I have to "add a VHD blob as a disk" before I can associate it with the VM as a OS disk or data disk.

            Why is this extra step required? A VHD page blob is already a "disk," so why do I have to go through extra effort just to make the VHD blob able to be associated with a VM?

            When creating an Azure VM, I should be able to specify a URI to a VHD blob as my OS disk, or data…

            47 votes
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            • Microsoft Antimalware for Azure Needs a GUI for Monitoring and Management

              I have been researching the Microsoft Antimalware for Azure which is currently in preview. I think that the idea behind this product is fantastic. There was a real gap in the market for customers who want to run VMs on Microsoft Azure. So I am glad to see that Microsoft is offering a service which addresses the need to protect Azure VMs from viruses.

              Unfortunately, the current release of Microsoft Antimalware for Azure is extremely difficult to deploy, configure, and manage. The main reason for this is the lack of any UI for the administrator or end user. To do…

              25 votes
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              • Stopped vs Stopped (deallocated)

                Today VMs can be in a stopped or stopped(deallocated) state. This is an important distinction for billing purposes as the stopped state continues to bill for resources and stopped (deallocated) does not. Needless to say this is confusing because the portal (old version) has a "Shutdown" command that puts the VM in the Stopped(deallocated) state but if you "shutdown" from within the VM it is just in a Stopped state.

                PLEASE MAKE THIS DISTINCTION MORE CLEAR!! :-)

                The new portal for managing VM only shows my stopped (deallocated) VMS as just Stopped. This is totally confusing.

                Thanks!!!!

                20 votes
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                • VM logs

                  Currently, there are no logs of operations such as create VM, joining the VM to domain, enabling remote PS on VM, failure to run/create VM etc. Azure should work on making of the VM logs better in IAAS subscriptions.

                  13 votes
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                  • Yes, Need to know when a virtual machine reboots.

                    There needs to be an email sent when a VM is rebooted. You can do that now if the processor on the VM goes above a certain threshold.

                    8 votes
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                      1 comment  ·  Windows  ·  Flag idea as inappropriate…  ·  Admin →
                      planned  ·  Corey Sanders [MSFT] responded

                      We do plan to add support to indicate when a VM has rebooted in the operation logs. We will investigate whether to also add support for emailing in this situation but i like the idea.

                    • 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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                      • 4 votes
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                        • 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.

                          4 votes
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                          • 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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                              0 comments  ·  Linux  ·  Flag idea as inappropriate…  ·  Admin →
                              planned  ·  Corey Sanders [MSFT] responded

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

                            • 3 votes
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                              • BUG: Creating a Linux VM with SSH certificate from portal fails

                                I'm trying to create a Linux virtual machine (Ubuntu 14.04 LTS, 7/25/2014 release) in a virtual network. Whenever I specify an SSH certificate instead of a password, I keep getting an error that the machine creation failed. The certificate upload succeeds, however.
                                This has happened in the past as well, but I didn't worry about it then since I was focused on a PaaS deployment. Please fix this! If it's a matter of some required settings combination not being met, please highlight that in the UI.

                                2 votes
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                                • 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.

                                  • 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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                                    • Bulk adding endpoints

                                      Is there a way to add more than 1 endpoints at a time? If not I think this would be a great feature. Thanks.

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                                      • Share the SharePoint Server Farm creation scripts

                                        The Marketplace contains a gallery item to create a SharePoint Server Farm. Can the items (scripts/extensions/etc) that are used to create this be shared as a sample that we start with to build our own custom SharePoint Server Farm solutions on top of?

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                                          0 comments  ·  Windows  ·  Flag idea as inappropriate…  ·  Admin →
                                        • Options to set waagent.conf variables (Linux)

                                          The linux (Ubuntu) machines are not really persistent when shutting down and/or capturing, the waagent.conf is not read properly (even when capturing an image, a new image based on the capture does not include changed settings in waagent.conf).

                                          It would be nice to have the waagent.conf setting configurable at start up, when creating the virtual machine.

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                                            planned  ·  Corey Sanders [MSFT] responded

                                            There are a few bugs we are working through to address these issues:

                                            1) Hostname changes are not persistent across reboots on Ubuntu. This is an issue we are working through on cloud-init which we should have fixed soon: https://bugs.launchpad.net/ubuntu/+source/walinuxagent/+bug/1375252

                                            2. Customers cannot use the waagent.conf file to change the location of the local disk mount point or set up swap space in a consistent way. We are working through how to fix this wit these two bugs:

                                            https://bugs.launchpad.net/ubuntu/+source/cloud-init/+bug/1374115

                                            https://bugs.launchpad.net/ubuntu/+source/cloud-init/+bug/1374166

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