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  1. Azure Antimalware should be able to scan blob storage

    Azure Antimalware should be able to scan blob storage. Currently you have to save the file a a file system for the real time protection to be able to scan it. Once it has been scanned then you would have to move it to the blob storage. Would like to be able to write directly to blob storage and have the real time protection monitoring the files.

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    • Support Direct Access in Azure

      Today it is not supported to use the Remote Access Role in a Windows Server in Azure. It would be a great Feature, if Clients Can connect via Direct Access to Azure Ressources

      87 votes
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      • 84 votes
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        • Allow rename of network interface resources

          When creating a VM in the Azure Portal using the ARM deployment model, the network interface is labeled with the hostname + a 5 digit random? number.

          I haven’t found a way to change this in the Portal.

          In case a customer would prefer to use their own naming convention for interface resources, like <hostname>-ifc, can we consider adding this option to the Azure Portal?

          I realize there is likely a way to do this already with ARM templates and PowerShell based deployments, but having this feature also available in the GUI would provide some added flexibility for new customers…

          81 votes
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            5 comments  ·  Windows  ·  Flag idea as inappropriate…  ·  Admin →
          • Host reboots without VM reboot

            In the last 3 months Azure had rebooted VMs almost in 15 instances, and most of them are because of a bug, for a cloud concentric company this is unacceptable-- why is it not possible to fix the bug without rebooting VMs? Moving to cloud from on-premise was supposed to reduce hands on involvement and reduce costs-- neither of which are happening here. Can you please provide an answer as to when we can expect a solution where your customers VMs dont get rebooted randomly?

            81 votes
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            • Mounting BLOB storage in file system like NFS

              I just would like to mount a BLOB storage directory in a Linux file system like it was an NFS drive. Thanks to FUSE, a userlevel driver can be made to share files across machines.

              Currently, if you need to share files between VMs you have to set up SAMBA or NFS having a "master" node that holds the main copy of the files, and other VMs mount these shares in their file systems.

              Proposal: "see" a BLOB storage directory like a directory in the main file system. This idea can be extended to Windows VMs using shared folders

              69 votes
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              • Simplify creation and visualization of Azure VNET's

                Creating a virtual network that spans an on-premise deployment and more than 1 Azure datacenter is a pain and not easy to "see" if all thing are lined up correctly. Building a network like this shouldn't require importing or exporting files and running powershell commands if you don't want to. Would be great it was like using Visio (Drag, Drop, Pipe). Then use that same view to see the overall health, speed, and usage in real time on that network.

                65 votes
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                • Linux Gentoo image (VHD) by Microsoft

                  Add Gentoo Linux support.

                  63 votes
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                  • Adding existing ARM virtual machine to availability set

                    Adding existing ARM virtual machine to availability set. I can't do much with certain setups cause they have to be in an availability set and I cant add them to one after they have been created.

                    62 votes
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                    • Make the timeout period for the DSC VM extension configurable

                      Currently I am deploying a lab environment using ARM and DSC. The deployment includes an unattended installation of SQL server, which takes a lot of time. This means that most of the time the DSC VM extension times out after 90 minutes and gives an error while the DSC configuration will complete successfully a few minutes later. It would help if I could set the timeout for the extension myself.

                      61 votes
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                      • Support upgrading existing Azure VM with Windows Server 2012 R2 to Windows Server 2016

                        How do I go about upgrading existing Azure VM with Windows Server 2012 R2 to Windows Server 2016? It seems like a big issue for many companies for adopting Windows Server 2016 in Microsoft Azure.

                        "Microsoft server software support for Microsoft Azure virtual machines" article still states "Microsoft does not support an upgrade of the operating system of a Microsoft Azure virtual machine. Instead, you should create a new Azure virtual machine that is running the supported version of the operating system that is required and then migrate the workload."

                        https://support.microsoft.com/en-us/help/2721672/microsoft-server-software-support-for-microsoft-azure-virtual-machines

                        Please support this scenario. Thanks

                        59 votes
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                        • subdomain cloudapp.net (etc.) rather than having a global namespace

                          It would be nice to be able to not have to use globally unique server / service / website names. It would be cool to have the ability to tie an extra level of subdomain to each of the various parts of Azure. This would mean I could do: web01.foocorp.cloudapp.net etc.

                          58 votes
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                          • add the ability to create a VM and install an OS (Linux/Windows) from an .ISO

                            It would be great to be able to stand up a VM w/ my hardware requirements and mount an .iso of the OS that I want to install. This is how Hyper V and vCenter works. We would upload the OS .ISO to a datastore, give the new VM access to the indicated datastore, and use the .ISO that is on the datastore as a bootable OS.

                            This way we could install custom linux OS's or other versions of windows (e.g. server 2008 R2 Standard x64)

                            55 votes
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                            • Capability to capture ARM VM using portal

                              There is an easy way to capture classic VM using Azure portal.

                              The ask is to provide the capture feature for ARM image, in new portal.

                              54 votes
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                              • Provide a Reverse Proxy for Virtual Machines

                                Providing a reverse proxy function within Azure would go a long way to help secure Virtual Machines. Instead of opening ports to every VM, a reverse proxy would allow users to open ports to an Azure service. The proxy service would then differentiate incoming traffic based on DNS name.

                                52 votes
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                                • Allow multiple reserved IP addresses be assigned to a single VM

                                  Currently you can only have one reserved (static) public IP for a given Azure VM. This limits any case where you would want to run multiple SSL enabled sites/applications on the standard 443 port.

                                  I understand there is support for SNI SSL with host headers but not all applications and devices support this feature. Current competition in you market allow up to 5 IPs. A limit I believe is still arbitrarily low given the power of your larger VM instances available.

                                  49 votes
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                                  • Add Dedicated Instances

                                    Amazon AWS has the option to have Dedicated Instances for an increased charge, which means your VMs run on single tenant hardware instead of being shared with other Amazon customers. I suggest that Microsoft needs to add this feature to Azure. We have customers demanding that our service be run in an environment not shared by others. Here is the link to the Amazon offering for comparison purposes.

                                    http://aws.amazon.com/ec2/purchasing-options/dedicated-instances/

                                    47 votes
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                                    • Don't require me to "add an Azure disk" to make it usable with a VM

                                      If I create a virtual machine using the Azure management portal, or the PowerShell module, I have to "add a VHD blob as a disk" before I can associate it with the VM as a OS disk or data disk.

                                      Why is this extra step required? A VHD page blob is already a "disk," so why do I have to go through extra effort just to make the VHD blob able to be associated with a VM?

                                      When creating an Azure VM, I should be able to specify a URI to a VHD blob as my OS disk, or data…

                                      47 votes
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                                      • Add the ability to change the "Azure Host Name" of a VM in the portal.

                                        Changing the hostname of a vm within the system properties does not change the Azure Host Name found in the Azure portal. At this time there is no way of changing the name without deleting the vm, keeping the disks, and attaching them to a new vm with the name you want to change it to.

                                        39 votes
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                                        • search by ip

                                          It would be nice to search/filter virtual machines in the azure portal by IP number

                                          39 votes
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