How can we improve Azure Virtual Machines?

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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      • Ashley Johnson commented  ·   ·  Flag as inappropriate

        You have to admit.. @Microsoft you have a huge flaw here which is causing deep concern to customers migrating or setting up an azure infrastructure.. Why can't you provide one simple option?

      • PSC commented  ·   ·  Flag as inappropriate

        I believe that is why Azure is still on 2nd and AWS is on top. This is basic need.

      • Anonymous commented  ·   ·  Flag as inappropriate

        This should be a baseline functionality. Please add a supported method of easily renaming a VM in Azure.

      • Lonny Motto commented  ·   ·  Flag as inappropriate

        "Use the GUID" answers the question of how to determine uniqueness and side-steps the argument proposed here completely. How do you rename a VM?

        This seems like a result of the ARM design that they should have at least provided an easy solution for. And not powershell, because redeploy doesn't account for all the variables associated with a VM, like extensions, backups, multiple nics, etc.

        If they haven't provided this by now, they never will.

      • Ray Koukari commented  ·   ·  Flag as inappropriate

        You can't rename VMs...you can't search by IP...are you guys using Access 2010 as the db backend too?

      • Ronald commented  ·   ·  Flag as inappropriate

        How many votes will it take to get this from 'under review' to 'We'll fix it'?
        Carl Anderson below explained exactly why I want this seemingly obvious feature.

      • Anonymous commented  ·   ·  Flag as inappropriate

        Yes permit VM and even resource group renaming, this is a basic given which is required!

      • Henri commented  ·   ·  Flag as inappropriate

        Microsoft forgot the customers demands. 3 years to do this is so crazy, like unbelieveable.

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