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
This is now complete. All Virtual machines (both ASM and ARM) should retain their MAC address through a stop-deallocate and re-launch.
What is the status on the Static MAC address feature for Azure?
When might we see this - the future is a bit ambiguous.
Scott Koland commented
We escalated this to our local Azure evangelist, who pointed us to this blog post: http://azure.microsoft.com/blog/2014/10/30/multiple-vm-nics-and-network-virtual-appliances-in-azure/
Our evangelist escalated this to Yu-Shun, who informed us that MAC addresses persist between VM reboots, but NOT if shut down via the Azure Portal (or azure-cli). So, a VM that remains running 24x7 should retain it's MAC address.
We are going to try workaround and see if this is indeed the case. But even if this works, we still need a full fix for this issue from Microsoft for Static MAC addresses in the Azure portal.
Jon D commented
Static MAC addresses are critical for our on-going use of Azure. Please provide an update! Otherwise we'll have to use AWS.
Baskin Tapkan commented
We just got burned by dynamic MAC address change on our private compute infrastructure. We requested from the vendor a license file which is tied to a MAC address of the running system. We received the license file, but unable to run the license server since the MAC address has changed after our submission.
This needs to be fixed and implemented ASAP. If not, we are investigating the options for achieving the same platform within AWS.
Doug Latch commented
It has now been almost a year. Is there an update on this issue?
Greg M commented
Has this been implemented yet?
We need this to host a Draytek VigorACS server!
Alistair Doran commented
Please could we have a lead to time for static MAC addresses. We want to be able to deploy MATLAB MDCS on HPC in Azure and the only stopping us doing this non-static MAC addresses.
Can this PLEASE ever be implemented? This is stopping many deployments right now!
This is critical for us as well. We need to licence a third party product which requires more process power during working hours. We cannot afford to have a VM running 24/7 just to keep the MAC address for the service licence. This defeats the idea of migrating to the cloud in the first place.
Doug Latch commented
Definitely a critical requirement for us. We are looking to use multiple VMs for customer demos and training. Our software licensing requires a stable MAC. This "feature" should be near the top of your development roadmap.
Mark Harby commented
This is killing us also.
We are having to use dedicated vm's from another provider due to this limitation.
Nearly all of the document management, scan solution and print-management solutions we sell and support use the mac address to build the Site ID that is activated against the license key. When the mac address changes the solution stops working and needs re-licensing.
Please adding all these 'features' to Azure and fix the basics, we really want to use this stuff be can't other than for testing.
I'm also very curious to learn some more regarding these plans. We also need static addresses on our VM's, as we have noticed that these ocasionally do change. Is there any news to report on this?
Michael Panosh commented
Corey, does this feature actually appear on a release roadmap or is it still in the "good idea" queue?
Because I've the same issue as Pete and Thomas with software that uses the MAC for licensing and while an MS partner, currently Azure is not an option for our projects.
Thomas Åkesson commented
This is a critical feature in order to host many licensed software. Definitely a blocker for us to move any significant amount of VMs to Azure.