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  1. Virtual machine that works would be a great improvement

    I pay my subscription for a virtual machine on Azure but it stopped working this night and now I get "Failed to start virtual machine". Nobody answers at the support and nobody cares. Great Microsoft. Keep on billing me.

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

      I am sorry to hear this, Cedric. I could not find your MSDN issue by searching. If you could attach the link, i can follow-up.

    • Options to set waagent.conf variables (Linux)

      The linux (Ubuntu) machines are not really persistent when shutting down and/or capturing, the waagent.conf is not read properly (even when capturing an image, a new image based on the capture does not include changed settings in waagent.conf).

      It would be nice to have the waagent.conf setting configurable at start up, when creating the virtual machine.

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        planned  ·  Corey Sanders [MSFT] responded

        There are a few bugs we are working through to address these issues:

        1) Hostname changes are not persistent across reboots on Ubuntu. This is an issue we are working through on cloud-init which we should have fixed soon: https://bugs.launchpad.net/ubuntu/+source/walinuxagent/+bug/1375252

        2. Customers cannot use the waagent.conf file to change the location of the local disk mount point or set up swap space in a consistent way. We are working through how to fix this wit these two bugs:

        https://bugs.launchpad.net/ubuntu/+source/cloud-init/+bug/1374115

        https://bugs.launchpad.net/ubuntu/+source/cloud-init/+bug/1374166

      • Machine State For Test Environment

        I use here just for SharePoint farm for now and thanks for user friendly portal. It is really nice to use a great farm at least 3 virtual machines. Maybe it should better if there is no action on machine for couple hours to shut down machine automatically. Maybe I think different from your work politics but it should be better to save limited credits for test users at the beginning

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          This cost saving mechanism is something we are looking to enable. You could support this just using Azure Automation scripts to detect and act.

        • Dynamics AX Machine

          A Dynamics AX machine (the usual demo machine) could be really useful!

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          • Detailed error messages

            My VM failed to provision. The error message did not provide any insight. Prompting the user to "try again" increases frustration.

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                Thanks for the feedback. If this gets a few more votes (and possibly some examples of the types of changes) we will consider these improvements.

              • When shuting down a virtual machin

                Shutdown of a virtual machine gives the following message. Shutdown in the old portal just works fine....

                Failed to shut down virtual machine
                Failed to shut down the virtual machine '.....'.
                Authentication failed. The 'Authorization' header is not present or provided in an invalid format.

                I use an organisation account with 2way authentication, does not know if this matters

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                • The always on group creation for SQL 2014 is broken

                  The always on group creation for SQL 2014 is broken. It dies immediately with "Deployment Failed .... Authentication failed. The 'Authorization' header is not present or provided in an invalid format."

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                  • Windows 8 Home

                    Just an end-user virtual desktop

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                    • Have a 16 core vm with 16gb of ram for cpu intensive workloads

                      The current 16 core vm ' s come with huge amounts of ram and are very pricey. I would like a 16 core vm with 16gb of ram for less memory intensive but high cpu loads

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                        • both onpremises and Azure VMs should be able to join domain from WAAD. User login acconts should connect with WAAD like liveID Accounts.

                          Currently WAAD is just a passive copy of on premises AD. Which gets information through DirSync. But neither can Azure VMs connect to that and join its VMs to that AD and also users with windows 8 cannot connect their login accounts to WAAD accounts like they can with liveID accounts. I suggest even end users laptops should as well connect to WAAD account so that machines can get the policy from WAAD. WAAD should increase the reachout of onpremises AD, instead of just being a passive copy

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                          • win2003

                            Allow legacy win2003 servers to execute in Azure

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                            • Found a bug creating VM's in Azure

                              When creating new Virtual Machines from Gallery (Standard Windows 2012 R2 Datacenter)
                              On Page 3 there is a problem attaching the new VM's to a Virtual Network.

                              But if I change the Cloud service (DDL) to an existing Cloud service, the Network information is displayed. After that I can change it back to auto generate a new Cloud Service. But keep my Virtual Network configuration.

                              It would be nice if the Virtual Network where visible from the beginning when creating many virtual machines in a network.

                              See screendumps that is attached.

                              Best regards,
                              Tobias Jonsson

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                              • Virtual Machine with Visual Studio & SQL Express on it

                                I love the idea of developing in the cloud and as a developer who is just gettting started I would like to have an image that has Visual Studio Express on it along with SQL Express. This would allow me to quickly get going, get money then buy a MSDN :-)

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                                • Partner with Dell and HP to create Azure/Cloud datacenters to help sell and integrate on-site Dell and HP Windows based servers

                                  Partner with Dell and HP to create Azure/Cloud datacenters to help sell and integrate on-site Dell and HP Windows based servers with Azure Cloud.

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                                  • Support OLAP

                                    Azure really ought to support an OLAP service. HDInsight/Hadoop are, well, OK, I guess, for offline reporting on distributed datasets, but they're a heck of a long ways from the ease-of-use, speed, and realtime analysis that you get with OLAP and MDX.

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                                    • Do not truncate VM warning messages, or add alerts/message to Virtual Machine page

                                      If a VM is stopped but not shut down, a message is displayed at the top of the Virtual Machine details page. Due to text size, this message may be truncated (mine informed me "You're still being billed for compute and time resources even though this virtual machine is...").

                                      It should be possible to view the full text of this message somewhere. Either by making the message more intelligent, or by adding a warnings/messages log somewhere.

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                                      • Bug: Failed to delete the virtual machine.

                                        I had two VMs in a Cloud Service named DC1 and DC2

                                        I deleted DC1 and then tried to delete DC2, each time checking the "Disks" box for items to also delete.

                                        DC1 deleted successfully, and DC2 errored with this message:
                                        Failed to delete the virtual machine.

                                        That's it. I guessed it's because DC2 was the last VM in the Cloud Service.

                                        The second time I tried to delete the VM, I noticed the Cloud Service was also selectable in the "other items to delete" check boxes.

                                        This time the delete was successful, and I had a second notice for…

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                                        • Improve availability and speed.

                                          This is electronic suicide to be on this platform. I do not know from where you obtain your availability numbers, but when users cannot access their VMs using remote desktop it is very bad! Please look at my support incidents for an example and feel free to contact me any time for in-person feedback.

                                          In addition to availability; when a new VM is created, I notice that it isn't immediately available. It takes several minutes before I can access it.

                                          Also speed needs to be improved. Remote Desktop speed, change in which settings are propagated.

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