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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      • Anonymous commented  ·   ·  Flag as inappropriate

        Looking for VM name change in Azure Portal without recreation of VM using VHD/Disk.

      • Anonymous commented  ·   ·  Flag as inappropriate

        Issues like this give Azure newbies the impression that MS doesn't take cloud hosting seriously. Or their customers seriously. So you repurposed a server? Well you're stuck with the old name whether you like it or not. You need to get into the server named "AppA"? Well just go to the server named "TestXYZ". Huh??

      • Deane Hardwick commented  ·   ·  Flag as inappropriate

        Another option is to make a backup and restore with the new name. It certainly would be nice to simply rename though...

      • Carl Anderson commented  ·   ·  Flag as inappropriate

        On my team, we are learning through trial and error how to set up an Azure environment for the first time. A few of us have created machines (and other resources) and we're finally settling on a naming convention we all like. Now that we know HOW we want to name things, we would like to rename the resources we already have.

        Wouldn't it be in Microsoft's best interest to figure out how to enable this feature? Otherwise, our only option is to delete our VMs and re-allocate them! I'm pretty sure we all have better things to do than waste time and resources like this.

        Dear Microsoft, it has been 2+ years since this oversight was brought to your attention! How much more time do you need to 'consider' fixing this?

      • Ian commented  ·   ·  Flag as inappropriate

        Every resources and app name should be able to rename!!

        It is a pain to delete and recreate due to wrong naming. Also, some app such as network interface and Vnet requires you to disable before you can delete.

      • Anonymous commented  ·   ·  Flag as inappropriate

        Every resource should be possible to rename. Everytime I start to try Azure again for some purpose, I really get soo frustrated by the inability of renaming of any of the resources really makes quit trying to get something done on azure.

      • MK commented  ·   ·  Flag as inappropriate

        The ability to change both DNS name and Azure DISPLAY so the two agree is a pretty basic feature and rather important for those who need to support servers without the use of a secret decoder ring or table of name translations.

      • Suzuki Daisuke commented  ·   ·  Flag as inappropriate

        I would like to change the disk name of virtual machine.
        Currently the disk name of the VM is provided by Azure automatically and is not allowed to change. However, it is convenience for me to change the disk name in order to operate and maintain azure resources. At least, I would like to change the "deploy name" of VM disk.

        -About Virtual Machine Disks in Azure
        https://msdn.microsoft.com/en-us/library/azure/dn790303.aspx
        "When you attach a new data disk to a virtual machine, you can provide a name for the .vhd file that is used for the disk, but Azure provides a name for the disk. The name consists of the cloud service name, the virtual machine name, and a numeric identifier."

      • Ian commented  ·   ·  Flag as inappropriate

        One thing to watch with this will be other services that depend on that name. Not sure if Azure could identify this but if you use Azure Automation for anything it's name specific and would break if the name changes.

      • Bob commented  ·   ·  Flag as inappropriate

        I need to rename my VM. It looks like I need to delete my vm and create a new one with the correct name.

        I hope this feature makes it.

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