How can we improve Azure Virtual Machines?

provide virtual machine instance metadata support similar to AWS and GCE

Both AWS and GCE allow runtime meta data calls from inside a VM , both of them using a similar mechanism of a call to http://169.254.169.254/something/

GCE:
https://developers.google.com/compute/docs/metadata

AWS: (and openstack and eucalyptus)
http://docs.aws.amazon.com/AWSEC2/latest/UserGuide/AESDG-chapter-instancedata.html

These provide ways to have the instance do introspection on where it is, what account it is in, info about its VLANs, ip's, etc.. WITHOUT needing the whole API tool chain and importantly without have credentials to the account in the instance.

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