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Static MAC address

We need static MAC addresses on the vm's network cards due to the licensing model of the software we need to install.

We cant obtain new licenses every time the MAC address changes.

Having the ability to change the address back to the original might also work for us

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      • Robert commented  ·   ·  Flag as inappropriate

        Asking for a friend, do we know that persistent MAC addresses do work in Azure?

      • Don Petry commented  ·   ·  Flag as inappropriate

        Agree this does not appear to be functioning as expected. VM's rebooted due to forced maintenance experienced MAC address change.

      • Anonymous commented  ·   ·  Flag as inappropriate

        Hi Azure Networking Team, Is this implemented in the SEA datacenter yet? I have a partner who implemented ABBY, they have the same issue in December.

      • Ed commented  ·   ·  Flag as inappropriate

        Contratulations @Pete, and only 3 years to have it implemented!

      • Anonymous commented  ·   ·  Flag as inappropriate

        No really, when will static MAC id's be completed? We had an Azure server reboot this morning and it reset the MAC address, breaking our production ESRI license server.

        This should have been an out of the box setting from day freaking one - the lost production time far outweighs any savings we saw by using Azure over Amazon Web Services....

      • Max Feulien commented  ·   ·  Flag as inappropriate

        Any updates on this issue? I'm sorry, but Azure is dropping the ball here. This should be an out of the box option. Really disappointed with Azure up to now.

      • Mark Berry commented  ·   ·  Flag as inappropriate

        I just stopped and started a VM. The MAC address changed. How do we know if the static MAC through a stop/restart has been implemented for a particular server? Where in the portal can I see and set the MAC address for my VM?

      • Anonymous commented  ·   ·  Flag as inappropriate

        You said "The work to maintain a static MAC address through a stop (deallocated) and restart operation is rolling out currently"

        Q: Does this also cover Restore-from-backup scenarios - where the MAC address persists post a VM restore (using Azure Backup)

      • Danny commented  ·   ·  Flag as inappropriate

        Ditto. It would be really helpful to provide an update as to when we can expect this enhancement to be rolled out to each region

      • Brandon commented  ·   ·  Flag as inappropriate

        Great to hear there is some progress on this. Our software is tied to the MAC address.

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