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  1. Disable Server Manager on startup

    Please configure Windows Server images on Azure not to load Server Manager on startup (as EC2 does). This is a slow loading and resource consuming app that's mostly unnecessary for Azure VMs, and it's slowing down connecting to the machine via RDP.

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  3. Allow the setting of environment variables in arm templates.

    Currently I'm using the custom script extension to set an environment variable with all the information that I need to connect an app that I'm installing with an azure sql database. I've had to resort to parsing the values needed out of one variable as trying to run multiple commands with the custom script extension is not working. This would be resolved if there were a section of the arm template that allowed you to set values in your vm. I'm doing it this way because I'm generating the name for the db and the username and password are coming…

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  4. Fix or allow automated cleanup for orphaned Microsoft Hyper-V Network adapters on Azure VM's

    We have identified an issue with our Azure VM environment.

    We use an Automation script to stop and start our VM's every night - however it seems that every time the VM's start up a new virtual network adapter is created, leaving potentially hundreds of old orphaned ones on the system (showing up as Microsoft Hyper-V Network Adapter #123).

    In itself this is merely an inconvenience but we have twice experienced an issue where after a certain number of these orphaned adapters have built up the VM's fail to create a new working adapter with the effect that network communications…

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  5. Allows Custom Script Extension to access Private GitHub Repositories

    While possible to specify account name and key for accessing blob storage when using the Custom Script Extension. There does not seem the ability to access a private GitHub repository by specifying an access token.

    It would be good to have this ability to have private repository access to control VM extension scripts without needing to make them public or copy to blob storage.

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  6. Azure PowerShell check remaining data disk space for VM

    Azure PowerShell is not providing a facility to check the remaining data disk space from the remote PowerShell after login to the azure account.
    Example –

    ((get-azurermvm -resourcegroupname “rgname” -name “vmname”).StorageProfile).DataDisks #FROM THIS WE CAN GET THE DISK NAMES AND TOTAL SPACE BUT no remaining space in the data disks.

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  7. Allow Premium Disks connected to NV* VM

    Allow Premium Disks connected to NV* VMs

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  8. Reset Remote Desktop service configuration

    The "Reset Remote Desktop service configuration" function should include resetting the (possibly modified) RDP port number to 3389 in the registry.

    The registry key is HKEYLOCALMACHINE\System\CurrentControlSet\Control\TerminalServer\WinStations\RDP-Tcp\PortNumber

    This may be a non-typical cause for inability to get into RDP contact with the VM, but when it is the problem then resetting the port number would be a life-saver. It would have saved me quite a few hours and the expenditure of a support incident.

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  9. High Security versions of VM images

    Currently after a VM is selected and loaded, the Security Center reports a high number of vulnerabilities to Remediate. For example, the Windows Server 2016 Datacenter image lists 151 issues. Remediation creates a great deal of work to research and implement.

    Ideally, in addition to the "standard" image, a "high security" version would be available that would have all OS vulnerabilities remediated, which would have no issues reported in Security Center.

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  10. Allow empty LicenseType value in VM properties.

    I have a generic template that contains everything I need to deploy a fully configured VM.

    Normally we use HUB-licensed images, so my template contains the "LicenseType" property with value "Windows_Server".

    However, in some specific cases I need to deploy a VM based on an image from the marketplace. The deployment then fails with en error: "Image <xxxx> is neither from on-premises nor eligible for Hybrid Use Benefits (HUB)."
    But the only allowed values for LicenceType are "WindowsServer" or "WindowsClient". Passing an empty value ("" or null) raises an error.

    So I need to remove the LicenseType property…

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  11. Make certificateUrl optional for HTTPS WinRM

    Requiring that I either generate a certificate for every VM before I create the VM or use the same certificate for HTTPS configuration of WinRM is not ideal (you can't ever change the reference certificateUrl after creating the VM, and it has to reference a specific secret version).

    Please auto-generate a self-signed certificate if the certificateUrl is ommitted.

    It should be as simple as SSH on Linux VMs which is auto-configured on first boot!

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  12. Check Virtual Machine Resources availability before starting Virtual Machine

    Check Virtual Machine Resources availability before starting Virtual Machine. We have got serveral "Failed" errors when starting a Virtual Machine on an Availability Group due the lack of resources ( CPU, RAM ... etc ) on ARM infrastructure. We have autostart and Stop script that runs daily, it's interesting to have a Powershell Command to check if there ara enought resources to start a Virtual MAchine prior to execute the Start-AzureRMVM, so we can move this VM to another Availabilty Group or zone to avoid "failed" status.

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  13. Set the allocation unit size to 64 KB when formatting the disk with SQL Server IaaS Agent

    In SQL Server IaaS Agent, storage space of disks connected at the time of deployment and disk formatting are implemented, but the NTFS allocation unit size when formatting the disk is not 64 KB.

    Since the 64 KB format should be advantageous for performance, I would like to format it with 64 KB NTFS allocation unit size at the time of formatting.

    https://docs.microsoft.com/ja-jp/azure/virtual-machines/windows/sql/virtual-machines-windows-sql-performance

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  14. Increase VM Maximum username of 15 characters

    Increase VM Maximum username of 15 characters to 30 characters. More characters = better security.

    Why this was reduced when new VM's and containers where added is unexplained anywhere I could find. It makes no sense from a security point of view

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  15. Generate Power Shell Script instead of creating the VM

    It would be useful to be able to go to through VM Wizard and instead of creating the VM at the end you had the option of generating a script to do the job.

    In fact this would be a really useful feature for many of the portal wizards.

    It would teach you Azure powershell as well as make your life easier by allowing you to quickly spin up environments.

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  16. Clone production enviroment to azure msdn dev/test

    With the recent announcement of the new EA and pay-as-you-go MSDN dev/test subscriptions for Azure, it would be great if we had the ability to clone our production enviroments into an MSDN dev/test subscription to ensure an identical enviroment for testing new releases. Of course something's would have to change (external ip) which the user should be prompted for if they can set it, or informed of if they can't

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  17. Simple snapshot from a VM

    A easy way to snapshot a VM and restore to that point.

    It is important for tests

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  18. Ability to move Virtual machines between suscriptions

    We work with projects creating a suscription for each project. That way we can have control of how much money we expend on the windows azure service.
    But sometimes, we would like to reuse existing machines that we used in one suscription to a second suscription for a different project.

    I know we can replicate VM, o use backup disk, etc, but it would be so much easier if we have an option to just move one VM from one suscription to another suscription. It seems very easy and is only for accounting issues.

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  19. On AWS, the user can control CoreCount of EC2(VMs). I hope that Microsoft Azure provide more flexible options to control vCPUs for VM Size.

    On AWS, the user can control CoreCount of EC2(VMs). I hope that Microsoft Azure provide more flexible options to control vCPUs for VM Size.

    Specifying CPU Options for Your Instance
    https://docs.aws.amazon.com/AWSEC2/latest/UserGuide/instance-optimize-cpu.html
    To disable multithreading during instance launch (AWS CLI)

    Use the run-instances AWS CLI command and specify a value of 1 for ThreadsPerCore for the --cpu-options parameter. For CoreCount, specify the number of CPU cores. In this example, to specify the default CPU core count for an r4.4xlarge instance, specify a value of 8.
    aws ec2 run-instances --image-id ami-1a2b3c4d --instance-type r4.4xlarge --cpu-options "CoreCount=8,ThreadsPerCore=1" --key-name MyKeyPair

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    Thanks for the valid suggestion. Your feedback is now open for the user community to upvote which allows us to effectively prioritize your request against our existing feature backlog and also gives us insight into the potential impact of implementing the suggested feature.

  20. Allocation failed. We do not have sufficient capacity for the requested VM size in this region

    When is this problem going to be fixed? This article https://docs.microsoft.com/en-us/azure/virtual-machines/troubleshooting/allocation-failure was written in early 18 so it's clearly been forgot about.

    We were told to move to ARM from Classic as this problem was mitigated but if anything it's worse. In the entire West Europe region, we can only provision 19 d14_v2s at any given time!

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