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  1. Make Solaris, OpenSolaris and SmartOS VMs available

    Pretty please, allocate some resources to make Oracle Solaris and smartOS by Joyent (the Node.js guys) VMs available in Azure. This is a one time gig for y'all and lifetime ease-of-use for your consumers!!

    I am familiar that we can build our own system, but last time I checked, Hyper-V has issues with SmartOS in networking (legacy switch) area. A blog by Azure/MSOpenTech to configure Solaris and SmartOS in Azure and local/private Hyper-V would be really really helpful.

    Thanking you in anticipation.

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    • rename objects (affinity group, service bus, etc)

      I hate how some types of objects can't be renamed.

      Please let me rename things like Affinity Groups.

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      • Make it possible to download a compressed (zip?) vhd instead of the full vhd

        Make it possible to download a compressed (zip?) vhd instead of the full vhd. Now I have to download the whole vhd and not just the bits that are actually used.

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          3 comments  ·  Windows  ·  Flag idea as inappropriate…  ·  Admin →

          We are thinking of enabling an easy way to download a dynamic VHD to reduce the download size, if that helps? Unfortunately, I don’t think VHD files compress that well.

        • ARM Portal: creating VMS using your own images or disks

          In classic portal I can create VMs using an image that I created by a snapshot. In the new portal there is no such option. The only way is to switch back to the classic portal or using powershell.
          When deploying a virtual machine there is no option choosing your harddrives or your own images.

          17 votes
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          • virtual machine (VM) - simple - snapshot/image

            One of the best features about running a virtual machine is the ability to snapshot/image a running VM so that you can revert back to it in case of a misconfiguration or other issue that would be difficult to recover from.

            This is also a great non-intrusive way to backup machines without pegging CPU cycles (driving up cloud hosting costs).

            I was able to do this with VMs running in Rackspace cloud and I believe other cloud hosting providers allow it. Why not Azure? It would be very important.

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            • 16 votes
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              • Provide Apache Camel components for your queue product and others

                The Apache Camel framework is a popular and great product. Briefly, its purpose is to move enterprise messages across heterogenous protocols. Some people like me wish to move messages to and from many Azure services using Apache Camel.

                As an example your competitor Amazon AWS already has these components. You can take inspiration from AWS.! See this link

                http://camel.apache.org/components.html

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                • Ensure Virtual Machine GenerationID does not change over a Shut Down and Start pair of operations

                  Microsoft invented the VM GenerationID as a means of determining when an important VM transition event has occured. As per Microsoft's paper on the subject, the GenerationID of a guest should not change on restart or migrate operations. This works fine directly on Hyper-V, but an Azure managed VM will see a GenerationID change when the VM is Shut Down then Started (as two separate operations, a single 'Restart' operation does not change the GenerationID). Incidentally, the virtual SMBIOS UUID also changes during this operation, which is wrong too (SMBIOS UUID should change only on a clone operation).
                  I imagine…

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                  • Provide the ability to monitor and alert on VM disk IOPS

                    Currently, it is not possible to monitor, audit, or alert on IOPS on a per-disk basis. Whilst this is possible at the Storage Account level, that doesn't help when individual disks/VMs are getting throttled on the 500 IOPS limit.

                    I would like to be able to monitor IOPS on a per-disk basis, making it possible to proactively alert and manage, as well as retrospectively identify, instances where an individual disk was throttled as its IOPS were over the 500 limit (for standard storage).

                    15 votes
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                    • Clone complete Resource Group

                      For DEV/TEST/PROD environments, it would be great to have a the possibility to clone all resources within a resource group to a new one. (Public IP's and other unique resources will be an issue), but as far as the VM's are cloned, it would save A LOT of time!

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                      • Give the ability to snapshot a VM

                        Want an easy way to snapshot a VM and restore to that point. The snapshot should capture all disks (except temporary storage) and provide an easy button poke to restore to that point as well.

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                        • Granular Information about Azure Maintenance

                          Last week, I received a notification regarding Azure Maintenance that is scheduled starting 1st August - I have attached it here. The notification said "WestUS - First Half", "WestUS-Second Half" and so on. But currently, there seems to be no way of checking in which "Half" is our deployment. If this information is available on the portal in our subscription, it will help to identify when and how our services are going to be affected.

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                            thanks for the feedback. I am hoping that this is the last maintenance (after we go through all the regions) that will be split in half like this.

                          • Add Hyper-V Replica for offsite backup

                            Allow us to send Replicas offsite for DR in case Azure goes down. Customers are not trusting cloud initiatives enough to move fully into the cloud without having an offsite backup.

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                            • Allow user to select IP used by VM Connect button (Public or Private IP)

                              My organization locked down our Azure environment to not allow RDP access from the public internet but, now the VM Connect button on the Azure portal does not use the VM's private IP. It would be a nice feature to allow the user to select either to use the Public IP or Private IP for their VM Connect buttons.

                              14 votes
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                              • Offer SMB 3.0 support for Windows 7 machines.

                                We need an update to enable SMB 3.0 support for Windows 7 machines. Older projects using NET USE scripts to attach to Azure storage can no longer access their containers.
                                Windows 7 machines that use to access the file shares in a storage account can no longer connect to file shares using the NET USE command. As a long time user of Azure it feels like Microsoft has left us behind. Upgrading all our users to win 10 is not an easy task..

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                                • auto-startup

                                  Currently there is the possibility to schedule auto-shutdown of VMs directly with the Auto-Shutdown blade. Why isn't there a similar blade for auto-startup? In addition of that for Auto-Shutdown and Auto-Startup if the schedule time can be scheduled not only as a single daily task but with more complex rule, example: from monday to friday, 9.00 18.00, weekend excluded or setting a scheduled date and time of shutdown, etc....

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                                  • Captured VM images are not displayed in new portal.

                                    I captured VM generalized images by sysprep using classic portal.
                                    But images are not displayed in new porta/ even though they are displayed in classic portal.
                                    I told it is bug of new portal from Microsoft Azure Support Engineer.
                                    By the way, customized images are displayed without any problem.
                                    Could you please fix it?

                                    ===Japanese version===
                                    クラシックポータルで仮想マシンの汎用化イメージをキャプチャしました。
                                    クラシックポータルでは、イメージが表示されますが、新ポータルでは表示されません。
                                    PowerShellの「Get-AzureVMImage -ImageName ***」でイメージが存在することは確認できています。
                                    新ポータルの不具合を修正していただけますでしょうか。

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                                    • Remove affinity group

                                      Now that affinity groups are increasingly deprecated for some of their original purposes, it would be helpful to have an option to untangle existing items from an affinity group. In other words, I am looking for a way to delete an affinity group without deleting the items it contains (which would remain in the same region).

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                                      • share disks between Virtual Machines

                                        It would be nice a way to attach the same disk to multiple virtual machines. There are some products that need to write information in disk. To enable availability you add more virtual machines, but the product won't replicate information. To solve this, an easy way would be point Vm's to write and share the same disk.

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                                        • Provide a simple portal where organisations can allow their employees to request VMs on their subscription at the click of a button

                                          Azure is intimidating to non-technical people, but the potential for organisations to use it to host their employees computers is huge. They would no longer have to worry about buying hardware for their employees, dealing with it's depreciation or end of life disposal. At the same time, employees could then request a powerful VM from this Lite Portal in one click of a button for their work from their tablet, phone or laptop without needing to worry about the technical or financial complexity that currently exists with getting a VM on Azure.

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                                            Can you share a few more details on what you are thinking about here? Just a more simple version of the portal?

                                            Corey

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