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

    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.

  • 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...

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