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rename vm

Add the ability to rename a VM. The VM name is what appears in Azure, not the DNS name.

Changing a VM's name should not affect the VM in any way. If you need a unique identifier for a VM that does not change, I suggest using a GUID rather than the VM's name in Azure.

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  • Anonymous commented  ·   ·  Flag as inappropriate

    This needs to be easier. We clone systems using ZERTO into Azure all the time. Well, the name that gets applied is a derivation of the original system name with a date stamp or something. I need to rename it to what the new servername will be.

  • Anonymous commented  ·   ·  Flag as inappropriate

    Add the ability to rename a VM. Changing a VM's name should not affect the VM in any way.

  • Anonymous commented  ·   ·  Flag as inappropriate

    This should be a standard feature. Please consider implementing this and/or attaching the Name field as a tag.

  • Justin King commented  ·   ·  Flag as inappropriate

    The name should be just a simple tag.

    That's how AWs does it.
    That's how GCP does it
    That's how VMware does it
    That's how Hyper-V does it ..

    Azure tried to get too clever and guess the intent of the name field. You guys guessed wrong. Use a UUID under the hood and revert this to a tag. Or at least let us add a 'name' tag that visually replaces the name in the console at least.

  • Anonymous commented  ·   ·  Flag as inappropriate

    this is crazy not to have this ability.
    in AWS it is as simple as changing the tag for 'Name' on the instance

  • David Lean commented  ·   ·  Flag as inappropriate

    I realise that it is possible to write a powershell script that identifies all resources in a VM (disk nic). Deletes the VM, Then recreates the VM with a new name. It runs in less than a minute.
    It is also possible to do something similar to rename disks. (copy to new name, delete old & reattach)

    As I could write a Rename-AzureRmVM & Rename-AzureRMManagedDisk function in a short period of time. (less than 4.5 years) Perhaps the Azure team might consider doing the same thing, while they are thinking about doing it better in the API.

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