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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Tony McCormick commented
Hello .. status update please...
Any progression on this issue?. It is not serious this lack of feature. You did a great job with the platform just to fail in such a stupid basic feature!!. Is like having a great F1 car but... the tyres are from a Smart, sorry!. However it is a great car isn't it?... NO.
André Montnoire commented
What's the deal with the console access? This seems like a very basic function to have on a enterprise solution. VMWare's VCS has that basic functionality. We've lost a MySQL server temporarily the other day and the only thing we could do was to reboot it and pray it would come up. Microsoft please get the console function going pronto.
Steven De Kock commented
I've lost connectivity to a VM since the major outage 2 days ago.
I'm unable to diagnose without console access. I'm going to have to re-install ...
since several days my VM is inaccessible and there is just notification about:
This issue is now mitigated for North Europe. We continue to investigate and address issues impacting a limited subset of Virtual Machines customers in West Europe. A subset of customers may see their VMs in continual "Start state”, and limited subset of customers may have difficulty in connecting to their VMs.
without console access i cannot check what is with VM, only see status: Running
Philly Stine commented
" It will not be full console access but we hope it meets many of your needs.". How about just a n y t h i n g for now. Something like console redirection (been around for about 20 years now) to a web control. This is so basic, guys, absolute shocker!
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.