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  1. Scale Set (VMSS) support for draining connections before destroying

    When a VM scale set (VMSS) scales down, it needs to first take down the health probe and wait some period of time for connections to close before destruction.

    Right now, how do you ensure a scale-down doesn't interrupt an active client connections to VMs that are being destroyed as part of the scale-down operation?

    A first step might simply be providing a notification through the metadata service that destruction of the VM is scheduled (enabling us to handle taking down the health probe from inside the VM)

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  2. Add memory usage metric

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

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  3. Item descriptions

    Having the ability to add a description to a service or virtual machine would be a welcome addition.

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  4. To obtain RDS SALs (Subscriber Access Licenses) through Azure Management Portal

    For standard machines created from azure, believe it is more practical to obtain RDS SALs (Subscriber Access Licenses) through Azure Management Portal.

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  5. 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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  6. 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.

  7. Reserved Instance for HDInsight

    HDInsight machines are commonly used for long periods, it would be really great if we could apply reserved instances to these VMs.

    It is more cost effective to spin a HDP cluster through the Azure marketplace (with reserved instances) and have an external company administrate this than use HDInsight. Which seems to defeat the objective.

    Look forward to hearing back from you.

    Kind regards

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  8. HTML5 RDP Access

    We are in 2017. I want access to my VM in the browser. Downloading an RDP file is so 2007.

    Dear Corey, do some magic and support HTML5 RDP access to my VM. One click and a new tab opens to my VM. Wow!

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  9. Add the ability to sort/filter on Virtual machine STATUS in the portal

    I want to be able to quickly determine which of my ~400 virtual machines are currently Running

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  10. Create or specify existing Network Interface during VM creation

    When adding a new VM via the portal you specify a network and subnet and the portal generates a network interface on its own during creation. It would be nice if we could either specify the name of that network interface to be created or to specify an existing network interface to use. Another option would be to allow network interfaces to be renamed or edited after creation.

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  11. 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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  12. 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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  13. Real Checkpoints - not VM Images

    Checkpoints, as they are in Hyper-V and NOT VM Images as announced at Teched and already in production.

    VM Images are not really the solution:

    1. Amazon stores only the bits that have changed since the last snapshot, not again the whole machine.
    If a have a server with TBs of data and checkpoint the virtual machine, why should I have to pay for the storage twice?
    2. For a quick restore of the checkpoint, we would have to deploy the VM Image - no real solution in relation to how normal Hyper-V checkpoints work.

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  14. Provide a Notes section for virtual machine

    It would be nice if we could have a Notes section on each virtual machine so that we note some comments on a machine (domain name, admin account, date of last backup...

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    We have considered this. I wonder whether a simple Key-Value tagging would meet your needs here? This is something in our plans.

  15. 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

  16. Green Computing Option

    Allow me to pay a little more to host my data/services on machines that are powered by renewable energy.

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    This is a very interesting idea and one I like a lot! Let me dig into whether this is something we could consider in the future. Thanks for the idea! :)

  17. Console access to Azure Virtual machines

    Ability to access Azure Virtual machines via a management console, very helpful for quick access when troubleshooting and RDP is not working.

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  18. Add support for running Custom Script Extension as another user

    Add support for a credentials parameter on the Custom Script Extension. As of now CSE will only run under security context of local system.

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  19. "Resource created"date stamp , "User Created" stamp

    We have a tagging policy and we feed this into the azure EA to monitor all our resources , The only thing is that when the system grows so large we have resources that we don't know who created and when they created them . If we had the option to see who created a resource and when we could delete old resources in our sandbox environment or contact the person who created them.

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  20. Regional Settings for Windows VM

    This request is submitted on behalf of one of my important customers.

    When deploying Windows VM from Azure gallery image, we do not have the option to configure regional settings such as language/date format. By default, they are EN-US.

    This will incur additional management overhead for customers that have a large deployment who has regional settings requirement. They have to log in the VM to change the settings accordingly.

    The VM deployment interface (Azure portal and/or Azure PowerShell) should allow selection of different regional settings, just like the standard Windows setup does.

    Please kindly let us know whether we have…

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