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  1. 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!!!!

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    • 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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      • multiple custom script extension on azure vms

        allow multiple custom script extension on azure vms

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        • The Azure VM internal DNS domain names are too long.

          The Azure VM internal DNS domain names are too long.

          Azure IaaS VM's created using the Preview Portal using the
          "Resource Manager" deployment model generate DNS domain names
          that are too long, for example:

          03v3fn0ewrau5aiydhfewgpjza.cx.internal.cloudapp.net

          Since the FQDN max length, in Linux at least is 64 chars, that
          leaves only 12 chars for the "Computer Name". There are no
          warnings or protections on creating a VM with a length longer
          than 12, so when the host comes up, and DHCP sets the hostname
          based on the "Computer Name" it finds that it has an illegal
          FQDN length.

          It seems that…

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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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                        • 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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                          • Support for Generation 2 VMs with VHDX

                            A Support for Hyper-V Gen 2 VMs would be great.

                            15 votes
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                            • total and regional and vCPU

                              The total regional vCPUs should be increased similar way as for each individual SKUs via the Usage + quotas page.
                              As total regional VCPUs is not the sum of each individual quotas, its increase is a separate request.

                              15 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..

                                15 votes
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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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                                  • Add memory usage metric

                                    I like to have memory usage metric in the VMs monitoring graphs

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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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                                            0 comments  ·  Availability  ·  Flag idea as inappropriate…  ·  Admin →

                                            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.

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