How can we improve Azure Virtual Machines?

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 wouldn't have accidentally rebooted it!

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under review  ·  Stephen Siciliano responded  · 

This is a very interesting, it would be a cool way to see the current state of each of the resources that you have.

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