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.
This is alreayd in plan. More details to come as we get closer to the next VMRole release.
Johan Karlsson commented
This one seem to be out of date. Today this is possible, there even is a long list of community contributed VM images: http://vmdepot.msopentech.com/