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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Nils Kjølstad commented
Console Access - Why not implemented from day one??
Golan, Yaron commented
This is a "must-have" feature
Alan Bretschneider commented
Please add console access
How does an enterprise solution such as this not have a Virtual Machine Console available to use?
So it has been triaged. Is this ever going to happen? How is this not seen as important?
Our company is starting to move (haphazardly as middle management does) many VMs to Azure and we've quickly discovered that missing this feature is turning into a deal breaker. We've asked all departments to halt their V2V deployments because moving to Azure is REMOVING capabilities and features that we depend upon for proper administration.
Don't even get me started on taking a VM snapshot compared to what's available in Hyper-V or VMware. Goodness gracious! Seriously?
As a result, we've had several servers already come back home away from Azure. Seriously, how did the creators of Hyper-V not figure this into the initial design? Is Azure really a production-capable solution for managing VMs under any and all circumstances that might arise? I'm thinking no. Maybe Azure is good for other "cloud" capabilities, but VMs? No. Seriously, what's the point?
Roy Olsen commented
I don't understand. How can you possibly not have this?
Dillon Anderson commented
How is this still not available? ...sigh...
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.