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  1. Azure VM Agent proxy support/config

    The Azure VM agent currently uses the system account proxy settings for communication to Azure infrastructure services.

    I prefer not to give servers internet access so am requesting the ability to configure the Azure VM agent to use a specified proxy, rather than giving the system account internet access.

    Also the ability to use a pac file would be advantageous.

    More and more useful services use the VM agent for communication so is getting more of an issues, to name a few:
    - Azure Security Center
    - Azure Recovery Services
    - VM Diagnostics

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    • Windows 2012 R2 Standard Edition

      Hi

      I`d like to test Windows 2012 R2 Standard Edition with the latest s.
      But I cannot seem to find it in the catalog.

      Please advise

      rgds sanjay

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        Thanks!! Let us investigate adding this image. You can certainly upload your own and this is supported and does work.

      • USB devices are not supported in Azure VMs

        USB devices, like flash drives or hardware security dongles, would be useful to have present in the remote VMs. For example, support for dongle-controlled security for applications would then be possible.

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        • 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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          • 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.

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              • Scheduled start/stops of VMs

                Add a feature to Azure that allows the user to schedule a VM to start and/or stop at a certain date and time. This feature should be similar to a scheduled task in Windows.

                If it's possible to do this with a scheduled task and some PowerShell scripts/cmdlets, let me know. But I do not think that would be as optimal as having this feature built into Azure because Azure frequently takes 15 minutes to allocate hardware to a VM before starting it up.

                Ideally, an Azure management portal interface would allow the user to pick a time to start…

                32 votes
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                  We will take a look at this ask as we improve the VM API for more granular controls on start/stop and autoscale.

                  Corey

                • 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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                  • 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.

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                    • 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.

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                      • 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/).

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                        • 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.

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                            2 comments  ·  azure.microsoft.com  ·  Flag idea as inappropriate…  ·  Admin →

                            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.

                          • VS 2010 Guest VM Role: Runs VSw/AzureTools: Allows sandbox development via RDP.

                            I'd like to deploy a special role that would provide me access to a endpoint I can connect to via Remote Desktop. When I login, I'd like a Virtual Visual Studio with Azure Tools, that has a XDrive (configured via configuration) so I can do all my Azure Development without ever having to install a thing. I'll pay monthly for the compute time I use developing, and the storage to keep my projects (via XDrive).

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                            • Migrate VMs with managed disks between subscriptions via Portal NOT powershell !!!

                              Create VM, by default is managed disk. It is a feature needed to migrate VM with managed disk to another RG or another subscription, it is a needed feature for Azure EA customer, which needs migrate VM to new naming convention RG or subscription. How about the roadmap?

                              28 votes
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                              • Start / Stop VM Permission

                                We need a Group with nearly the same permissions like the "Virtual Machine Contributor" but WITHOUT the delete Option.
                                Additionally it would be nice if there is a way to pin the following shortcuts to the users Start Menu:
                                START VM xy
                                STOP VM xy
                                so that the user is not forced to navigate into the VM-Overview before turning on / off a VM.

                                An ON/OFF TOGGLE - Switch would be the best way for me.

                                We need this option, for some of our employees so that they can turn on and off their specific eviroment with less clicks as…

                                28 votes
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                                • Allow to create VM without starting it immediatelly

                                  Sometimes I want to create VM and immediatelly set additional configuration like attachng additional disk, set static IP via powersell. Today when I create it I need to wait for it to be provisioned/started, then shutdown it and wait and finally I can do some additional settings. Also when recreating deleted VMs which had previously attached disks (SQL server, domain controller) it first starts with disks missing which can even break stuff. Please add additional checkbox/flag to portal/powershell when creating VM so that it is not started/provisioned immediatelly.

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                                  • Retrieve VM internalUUID from REST API

                                    Since http://azure.microsoft.com/blog/2014/10/13/accessing-and-using-azure-vm-unique-id/ ther's now there's now an Azure-unique UUID but you need to log into VM to get it.

                                    It should be exposed in API (under RoleInstance entity?) so 3rd party integrations could identify uniquely VMs easily.

                                    We've also missed a way in API to search for a certain VM without having to look in every cloud service. This unique UUID could be useful.

                                    27 votes
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                                    • Flexible instance size

                                      Right now, I can't increase only memory amount.
                                      If I want more, I need to switch from Small Instance to Medium Instance (for example).

                                      But there are cases that I just want more memory, let's say from 1.75GB to 3GB. It will be nice if I could attach more memory, in a way close to the "attach disk to VM".

                                      27 votes
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                                      • add the ability to use preconfigure iso images like Amazon in VM role

                                        Give the ability in VM role to use a preconfigure iso image, like the one Amazon has available.It will make easier to use and work with the VM role

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                                        • Add outbound security rule to Windows Update

                                          Windows Update uses a lot of IP addres ranges which also vary. On Azure servers I do want to use Windows Update but block all other internet access. Would it be possible to create a service "Window Update" on Azure Network Security Groups for outbound security rules. Service would allow access to all needed Windows Update servers and ports.

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