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).
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Richard Smith, Jr commented
Would totally love the ability to console into a VM without RDP/etc. in order to troubleshoot boot or other issues with a VM. Some networking problems may be able to be fixed without, but larger OS problems cannot be w/out console.
I believe this may be technically challenging due to multi-tenant exposure to a host at that level and not want to open up something by mistake but would still like some time spent trying.
I think I just hit the same stumbling point as many others on these comments. I have rebooted a VM with a change to the configuration and now cannot retrieve it unless I download the disk and spin it up locally. Time to destroy it. Sad times.
To add, this should be on Azure Stack also. Some users will expect this feature.
John Koudijzer commented
Really - When managing machines solely remote , direct console access is a necessity.
I will not manage VM machines without this capability , so Azure is useless for VM servers
Joe Alonge commented
Please bring this to Azure Government
Thomas Thornton commented
Many times it's been a thought that an issue(mainly network related) could be resolved if there was direct console access to the Virtual Machine. - not just the serial console already available.
Console access would also mitigate the troubleshooting steps already offered including redeploying the NIC and/or virtual machine.
Hopefully this is upvoted!
Looks like Bastion still requires the RDP service to be running to use. So situations before OS loading like getting stuck in an Automatic Recovery loop will still be an issue.
I think there's light at the end of the tunnel on this, I found this: https://azure.microsoft.com/en-us/search/videos/?q=bastion&products=
But that all, no word from any MS about it, one availability, pricing or anything...
Jon Masters commented
Please please please please please implement this?
There was another thread on this topic somewhere a few years ago where this was discussed and someone from MS stated it was being worked on. Like others, i need VMware style full console to my servers. I would love to move the last bits of vmware i have to a public cloud but no vendors have this feature yet. Will MS be the first to do it? It would be a game changer in my opinion.
Hi, console access is a fundamental things o have, it's a hassle dealing with boot issues/when the VM is unresponsive
Cmon microsoft... a very fundamental feature missing here! Great we can create VM's but its a plain hassle having to RDP to em instead of accesing them via the Azure portal directly in web brower.
Please sort it out. Clearly there is many people here wanting this feature.
Michael Gorn commented
Since this feature was actually never implemented, it's open for voting again. Please vote to show Microsoft that we still need real console on VMs on Azure!
I'm new to Azure and really disappointed about the lack of this vital feature after having the VMware console for years in case of emergency/out of band support. The serial console thingy is nowhere near what anyone wants/needs. It's not the feature requested in the original feedback request. Clearly MS aren't listening.
Open this request again. Its a request. Its good for users and MS as well. Lot of customer don't switch to Azure considering it doesn't provide the console.
Michael Gorn commented
Please re-open this request. This request was NOT for serial access. It was for "Console Access". Like in VMware Console. This was closed erroneously and needs to be re-opened!!!!
Tom Terrell commented
Seriously? serial console? Who exactly was looking for that? We are looking for RDP type console access. It is inconceivable that Microsoft didn't include this type of access. We're having a problem with the RDS configuration and cant remote into one of our servers...
J.R. Halasz commented
Vote here for the actual RDP console we need:
So much time has passed, it's good that nothing stands still. Now it can be done simply with the help of software .... for my works I use https://www.eltima.com/products/serial-over-ethernet /, since It is supported by the Linux system and Windows.
Why is this idea closed? serial console is not VM console access...
I agree with other comments that state this should not be marked complete. Perhaps the original request should have been more specific, but I think an experience identical or similar to Hyper-V console access would make everyone a lot more happy.