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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It has now been well over a year without progress. Even AzurePack gives console access, it seems extremely strange that local service providers can now do this and Azure can not? Maybe implement AzurePack in Azure? :) Please add console access to be able to fix bootup problems and do system state restores! Azure is not true IaaS until this is fixed.
Mathias Raacke commented
We lost RDP connectivity to a VM after we ran sysprep on it (as it is required before we can capture an image of the vm). We cannot download and fix it locally, because our network bandwith is to low. We now have to start over from scratch and loose several hours of work. We don't even know why we lost rdp access, so if we try to capture the image again, we might again loose access to the vm.
Just starting testing with azure. Changed ip setting and now I can not get in. Need a console view bad. I am forgetting azure for now. This is not a viable business solution.
B. Anderson commented
I also have tried Azure VMs and had to migrate them all to my own Hyper-V servers because of the lack of console access. Once console access is restored, I will consider Azure again. Until then, I cannot use it at all.
sort it out mate jheez... you can automate the whole world and cant do console access.
This is a requirement for any enterprise-grade solution! Even the ability to view a screenshot of what is on the screen would be helpful to know if it is stuck / booted, etc. I'll take anything at this point since it has been over a year since this idea was submitted with no progress.
Tony McCormick commented
For gods sake when will this be ready, I keep have VMs just go in-accessible for no reason at all.
Console access is really required if we wish to enable any DR to Azure type of solution.
Fighting with a bootup problem for ~6hours. It's a no go for production environments...
Elie Delorme commented
I simply can't believe there is no out of band management in azure's service.
Serial console access is a very basic necessity for an IAAS service and it's available from all other serious competitors (Amazon, Rackspace, Linode).
Travis Xu commented
Desperately need console access~
Bootup issue is one that could cause huge impact on customer. Having console access will be huge benefit in troubleshooting such issues.
Really need the local console session. That will definitely help our work in the future!!
It would also be a way to support BitLocker on the system drive so you can have autounlock for data drives. Use Password protector on the system drive requires the ability to enter the password at boot. Without console access this is not possible.
Dan Fowler commented
Adding my $0.02 that this is, indeed, a crucial (and arguably baseline) feature for those considering Azure as a cloud provider. We will be considering moving away from Azure due to this concern.
Trevor Sullivan commented
While working with a large Microsoft customer, we have identified console access as being a requirement for managing Azure virtual machines going forward. This capability is currently offered by some competing cloud providers.
We are considering if we will migrate to a cloud solution. Azure will not be selected due to the lack of console access. We need the ability of investigate unresponsive virtual machines (and not only restarting them)
any upates on this?
Karl Thomson commented
absolutely crucial to have console access to make Azure a viable solution
Francisco J. Bejarano commented
I think that this feature y very important to the correct administration of vms. With GNU\Linux, if the boot process stop for any question you can not cancel the process and enter to th vm to fix the problem. The vm is running, the boot process is stopped but we continue paying the vm with no service... very bad. Please we need a interactive access to de vm to solve problems before the ssh server runs...