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  1. 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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  2. 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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  3. 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.

    28 votes
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  4. Force a memory dump for Azure VMs

    I wish that force a memory dump method implement for Azure VMs; like "Debug-VM -InjectNonMaskableInterrupt". https://technet.microsoft.com/ja-jp/library/dn464280.aspx

    28 votes
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  5. 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.

    28 votes
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  6. 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.

    28 votes
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  7. Provide Cheaper N-Series VMs Via Less RAM/CPU

    My specific situation with Azure necessitates high-bandwidth processing of many small tasks. As such, Azure's new GPU VMs (N-Series) sound great to my team, except we're not sure if we're paying for a Tesla M60 or for 56GB of RAM.

    The point of GPUs in Azure is providing direct access to CUDA, and splitting processing into 4096 cores instead of 6. As such, a 6-core CPU and 56GB of RAM is highly unnecessary for the tasks I wish to execute on an NV6.

    Microsoft, please provide other GPU instances that have the same amount of GPU power, but less RAM…

    27 votes
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  8. 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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  9. 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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  10. [Request] Please enable users to configure VM reboot alert from Management Portal.

    We can’t realize unexpected VM reboot before reporting the issue from users. Please enable users to configure VM reboot alert from Management Portal.
    Microsoft Azure has some VM monitoring feature, such as CPU, Disk I/O, Network I/O and Web Endpoint, but we can't use it for VM reboot alert. We can use third party tools or OS settings, but it isn't easy way.

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    利用者からの報告の前に仮想マシンの予期せぬ再起動に気づくことができません。管理ポータルから仮想マシンの再起動時のアラートを設定できるようにしてほしいです。

    仮想マシンの監視機能に、CPUや、ディスクI/O、ネットワークI/O、Web エンドポイントの監視がありますが、再起動のアラートに利用には利用できません。サードパーティのツールやOSの設定を利用することはできますが、容易ではありません。

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  11. 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…

    26 votes
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  12. 26 votes
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  13. Growing number of "Microsoft Hyper-V Network Adapters"

    A VM is shut down and deallocated, a new network adapter will be used after it starts next time and the old network adapter is kept hidden.

    When network adapter count is over 145, customer may face some network issue.
    <https://social.msdn.microsoft.com/Forums/azure/en-US/e206ea0a-9d61-4380-99a5-1543a12a7234/growing-numbers-of-microsoft-hyperv-network-adapters-cause-problems?forum=WAVirtualMachinesforWindows>

    I understand it is by design and we should delete hidden network adapter to resolve this issue.

    However, when we deallocate and start VM because we need to reduce costs using Autoscale or automation or other, this behavior is very big problem.

    I want to improve this behavior.

    25 votes
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  14. OpenBSD Virtual Machine

    I would love to see an OpenBSD virtual machine, we use OpenBSD along side windows and would be interested in moving our entire cloud services to you if there was an OpenBSD virtual machine

    25 votes
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  15. Support for Sticky IP Load Balancing

    Many applications still use non-persisted session-cookies to track user sessions -- default behavior in most web application servers. So it is not possible to use DNS round-robin load balancing without changing the application session management logic. This makes it more difficult to migrate to Azure.

    Can you enable sticky IP load balancing for Azure VMs? You may get more application migrate to a azure without much re-engineering effort.

    25 votes
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  16. Enable Rename of a Computer / Virtual Machine

    Currently, I can Rename my Virtual Machine from inside the VM itself, but I need to be able to Rename it from the Azure Dashboard! Currently, the only way to Rename a Virtual Machine at the Azure Dashboard level is to Delete it and Recreate it! That's NO GOOD!!!

    24 votes
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  17. longer name length limit > 15

    15 length limitation is too short.
    We need more!

    24 votes
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  18. Public IP Mapping on Nested VM!

    We are working on Azure Public and checking nested VM for this we have created one instance "Standard E4s v3 (4 vcpus, 32 GB memory)". Hyper-V role has been installed successfully and also we have created 3 VMs successfully, now when we are setting networking for these created VM per MS KB "https://docs.microsoft.com/en-us/virtualization/hyper-v-on-windows/user-guide/nested-virtualization&quot; everything is working fine but our objective is still not getting solved with this.

    We wanted to MAP a public IP on these VMs but per KB NAT is only solving purpose if we need to run internet only on created VMs or forwarding working…

    23 votes
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  19. safemode for azure VM

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

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  20. [REQUEST] Alert service admin and co-admins in case of VM reboot caused by Azure platform issue.

    I have experienced VM reboot caused by host node issue several times. VM sometimes couldn’t startup successfully after reboot. Now, there is no way to know such kind of VM reboot immediately and I can’t do anything until I realize the issue by myself. Please alert service admin and co-admins in case of VM reboot caused by Azure Platform Issue.

    - Japanese
    Host OS の問題により仮想マシンが再起動したことが何度かあります。なかには、再起動後に仮想マシンが正常に起動しなかったこともございます。現在は、Host OS の問題により仮想マシンが再起動された際に、それを迅速に知る手段がないため、自分自身で問題に気づくまで対処ができません。 Azure プラットフォームの問題により仮想マシンを再起動する際には、サービス管理者ならびに共同管理者に通知してください。

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