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  1. Add ability to set VM resolution on creation

    VM resolution by default is 1024 x 768

    We use the VM's to run automation on a desktop application which requires a larger resolution to appear correctly.

    Please add the ability to set a default resolution on creation.

    Appreciate there are still limits on a VM resolution but should allow the freedom we need upto the limits.

    We currently use a workaround with RDPwrap but this is far from ideal and does not work in all circumstances.

    Providing the requested feature would eliminate a huge pain point and provide a much needed improvement to our user experience.

    43 votes

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  2. Set Locale on creating VM

    Most people in the world do not use en-US as their locale which means the passwords they create on their own machine do not function as expected when on the VM as the VM interprets the keyboard layout into en-US. Even en-GB has problems where the @ is created using a different shift-key combination.

    41 votes

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  3. Allow Virtual Machine's to be provisioned by providing a URL to a .OVA file

    Virtual Machine's could be provisioned by providing a URL to .OVA file or other VM file formats.

    40 votes

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  4. Virtual Machine Console Access Part Deux

    The previous post suggesting the addition of basic VM functionality was inappropriately marked "completed" serial console was added.

    The serial console is better than nothing, but just barely, and was not at all what was being requested by that post.

    What we need is a equivalent of the VMware Remote Console.

    Previous post: https://feedback.azure.com/forums/216843-virtual-machines/suggestions/3761826-virtual-machine-console-access

    38 votes

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  5. make installation media available (mount an .iso) for those of us that use Azure VMs

    Occasionally we need access to the source media to access scripts or files on our VMs. I recently ran into this issue while following this MSDN article ( http://technet.microsoft.com/en-us/library/dn486787.aspx ) while setting up an ADFS farm. There is literally no way forward without the installation media.

    38 votes

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    Thanks! This is something we are considering as we add enhancements to auto-configuration. You may be able to do this using Azure Files, today.

  6. to enable PPTP from Azure VM to on prem servers.

    PPTP is a commonly used VPN protocol, hence it would be good to have it enabled in order to allow connections from Azure VMs to on premise systems.

    37 votes

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  7. Allow Cancelling a Running Command started via "Run Command"

    From this issue:

    https://github.com/MicrosoftDocs/azure-docs/issues/12741

    We should have the ability to cancel a command started via "Run Command." This would primarily be to allow a new command to be started in its place, but the ability to (possibly) actually cease the command on the server itself could also be helpful.

    The ability to store common scripts and run them would help make this "I just noticed a syntax error and want to try again" problem less of an issue, but that's already covered here: https://feedback.azure.com/forums/216843-virtual-machines/suggestions/34455544-run-command-browse-azure-storage-for-script

    35 votes

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  8. Offer granular RBAC for virtualMachine serial console access

    As confirmed via Support Case 119052326000457 there is one, and only one method, to grant access to a VM's serial console, which is to obtain the Virtual Machine Contributor role which may be a lot more privileged than an individual may need to do their job.

    Within our organization it is important to follow the principles of least privilege wherever feasible. As such we want to be able to grant a support team access to a VM's serial console without that same team being able to make IaaS config changes to the VM (shutdown, reconfigure, etc.). This would help prevent…

    35 votes

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  9. Make Three Fault Domains the minimum configuration of an Availability Set

    When deploying SQL Server AlwaysOn AG or FCI for high availability, you need to ensure that you always have a majority of cluster votes online. In order to do this you need to ensure that each cluster node and the file share witness reside in different fault domains. A two node cluster needs a minimum of three Fault Domains. However, Azure currently only guarantees two Fault Domains per Availability Set. This is inadequate due to the fact that the failure of a single Fault Domain will bring down your entire cluster if two of cluster votes reside in that Fault…

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  10. Create an option to change a VM's availability set or availability zone in order to add it to a load balancer instead of having to delete it

    It would be nice if there was an option to change a VM's availability set or availability zone in order to add it to a load balancer instead of having to delete it and recreate it in the availability zone. A feature to just reconfigure without deletion would save a lot of time and headaches.

    34 votes

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  11. safemode for azure VM

    How do boot my Azure VM in safemode? i can see VM's can connect only using RDP sessions.

    34 votes

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  12. Increase IdleTimeoutInMinutes to 60 minutes

    We currently use multiple load balanced VM's using "InProc" session state. The maximum IdleTimeoutInMinutes is currently set at 30 minutes. We would like to see the IdleTimeoutInMinutes be increased to 60 minutes to allow for the session not to timeout.

    33 votes

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  13. Please add Wait condition capabilities in ARM templates.

    This ability would be a great addition as it is already there in AWS CFT.
    The wait conditions will play a vital role in signalling between the Azure VM and the ARM template. This helps to prioritize and control the deployment flow in certain ways. "dependsOn" is not much useful in certain occurrences.

    Attached the case summary of a support case that I have raised for my project related concern.

    32 votes

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  14. Provide a way to run Mac Based remote build agents for Xamarin/ Multi-Device Hybrid Apps extension for Visual Studio

    Enable developers to run Mac Based iOS build agents such as Multi-Device Hybrid Apps extension for Visual Studio http://msdn.microsoft.com/en-us/library/dn771551.aspx I currently use Macincloud.com or my own Mac but would love to do this on Azure.

    32 votes

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  15. Stopped vs Stopped (deallocated)

    Today VMs can be in a stopped or stopped(deallocated) state. This is an important distinction for billing purposes as the stopped state continues to bill for resources and stopped (deallocated) does not. Needless to say this is confusing because the portal (old version) has a "Shutdown" command that puts the VM in the Stopped(deallocated) state but if you "shutdown" from within the VM it is just in a Stopped state.

    PLEASE MAKE THIS DISTINCTION MORE CLEAR!! :-)

    The new portal for managing VM only shows my stopped (deallocated) VMS as just Stopped. This is totally confusing.

    Thanks!!!!

    32 votes

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  16. 31 votes

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  17. Add a description for VM in the portal

    Add a description of the VM that will show up on the dashboard while pinning a VM. we have 10 VMs and we would like to get a briefed idea of which one is which - name is not enough.

    31 votes

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  18. vCloud / vRealize Automation compatibility

    We use VMware vCloud Automation Center / vRealize Automaton for our private cloud self-service portal. We want to allow our end users to deploy VM's to Azure but this is not out of the box functionality. I hope MS and VMware can work together on a connector endpoint to make this possible. It would really go a long way to make Azure usage skyrocket if other cloud management software could deploy to Azure services more easily.

    31 votes

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  19. Microsoft Antimalware for Azure Needs a GUI for Monitoring and Management

    I have been researching the Microsoft Antimalware for Azure which is currently in preview. I think that the idea behind this product is fantastic. There was a real gap in the market for customers who want to run VMs on Microsoft Azure. So I am glad to see that Microsoft is offering a service which addresses the need to protect Azure VMs from viruses.

    Unfortunately, the current release of Microsoft Antimalware for Azure is extremely difficult to deploy, configure, and manage. The main reason for this is the lack of any UI for the administrator or end user. To do…

    31 votes

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  20. Docker private registry offer on Azure

    It would be great to see an Azure offering for hosting/managing private Docker registries.

    Motivation: getting up and running with Docker on Azure in a fast and safe way (high availability, valid SSL certificate out of the box, etc.).

    Similar offers elsewhere: Container Registry (https://cloud.google.com/container-registry/), Amazon EC2 Container Registry (https://aws.amazon.com/ecr/).

    30 votes

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