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  1. Special offer for those working on second source of income

    Having a full-time job and trying to create a second source of income, it would be great offer if there was something like a "cloud-office-package".
    Some package that includes P2S-VPN, 1-2 Small VMs (2012 Server Essentials for example) , and a bit of a storage.
    All that for lower pricing than the sum of the single parts, would be great for hobbyist and off-fulltime-starters.
    The azure cost of this scenario summarized over a year currently goes far above some piece of hardware + licensing, if I'd put it below my desk.

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    • Microsoft Software Reactivation after VM shut down and restart

      Currently any Microsoft software installed on an Azure VM does not support retail activation because everyday if the VM is shut down from portal, then restart, the software require re-activation. (Unless we have setup KMS which takes quite an effort for support), please fix this so that Azure will be a better platform to choose from compare to other similar cloud services (i.e. A - W - S, etc.)

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        What software are you having difficulties with? Office retail (like Word, PowerPoint) is not support to run inside Azure VMs, which might be your problem.

        corey

      • Stop charging for VM's that have never been logged on to

        Stop charging for VM's that have never been logged on to. I'll be closing my account because of this.

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          Hey Jeff,

          I am sorry to hear about the problem here. Can you explain a bit more about what happened? You created a VM and then did not log in and got charged?

          Corey

        • Fix link on error message for server not stopped on capture VM

          In a VM on the Azure portal, click Capture on a non-stopped vm. Click the down arrow to expand the message. Click learn more link. Link heads to a generic microsoft.com page rather than an article.

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          • I can't launch A8 Type in San Antonio Region.

            I had try four times in different time.
            But I still can't launch A8 type VM.
            Could you check out that?

            Thanks

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

              Thanks for the feedback. Right now, San Antonio does not support the A8/A9 sizes. We are constantly looking to increase our size options in the regions but right now, this isn’t available there.

            • ***** down on bots and exploits

              My SSH server has been attacked twice in the past 24 hours by two different Azure hosts. Please do more than promise people that you'll look into people using your services for abusing other servers.

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              • Enable to manage your own endpoint list.

                Allow to manage (add/edit/change endpoints) to the default presented endpoint list. Example I from time to time need to enable special endpoints times in a repetitive manner. this will allow save my settings in the cloud and avoid me to keep a record of the settings I use.

                A option to reset to default will be also handy.

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                    Please share more details on what was hard and what didn’t work!! We are VERY passionate to make this better. Please help us. :)

                    Corey

                  • acl order bug

                    the endpoint acl rules display with a wrong order number, if i use rest api or powershell to change the order number of some rules, it will still display the old number~~

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                    • Oracle Database VM for BizSpark Subscribers

                      I want to ask that if it Oracle Database VM is not for Biz Spark subscribers then why it is displaying in our VM list?
                      Do you think that it is a good practice that first you give option to your customers to create oracle DB VM then ask him to delete that VM ignoring that he have some saved work in that VM.
                      I think this is your system bug.

                      Thanks

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                      • Allow BuzzTouch users to self host on his own website, a dedicated server, or an instance in Visual Studio or Windows Azure Store

                        Allow BuzzTouch users to self host on his own website, a dedicated server, or an instance in Visual Studio or Windows Azure Store without complex modifications.

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                        • Make creating virtual machines faster

                          I should be able to create a new virtual machine from the gallery and have it up an running in < 1 minute.

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                            under review  ·  Varun Maker responded

                            Thanks for the feedback, Alan. I am guessing your feedback is more around improving the performance of the VM creation rather than the functionality, correct? I ask because the functionality already exists today.

                            Just so that you are aware, this forum is for Cloud Services. We also have a Virtual Machines community (http://feedback.windowsazure.com/forums/216843-virtual-machines) where you can find answers to all Virtual Machine related questions.

                          • Templates in a location should get that regional time setting. Not the US. There are other time zones!

                            Templates in a location (eg. Hong Kong) should get that regional time setting. Not the US. There are other time zones!

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                              1 comment  ·  Availability  ·  Flag idea as inappropriate…  ·  Admin →

                              Thanks, Aaron. You can pass into PowerShell and REST the timezone you want your VM deployed as. I think the feedback to do this via the portal is also good.

                            • Virtual Machines Disks view must show disk size

                              In Virtual Machines when you switch to Disks view, it’s very useful to show each disk size! I mean a new column with this important information.
                              Please, this is a simple information, but helps a lot.

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                              • Kazumi HIROSE

                                Subscription japanese name.
                                Subscription directory filter has Garbage chars.
                                Please see attach file.

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                                • Improve the way VHD files are visually associated with VMs in Management Portal

                                  Every Virtual Machine is associated to a VHD, but when we have multiple Virtual Machines in the same subscription, it becomes extremely difficult to identify the VHD linked to a particular Virtual Machine in the subscription.

                                  Personally, I will add more information on storage item to correctly and sharply inform the user. I will also set filters on the UI to list only VHD storage items already used by VM (stopped and/or running)

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                                  • Create a new patched instance and auto swap instead of bringing down single instance production deployments

                                    When running a single instance every so often the instance will go down for patching. The instance appears as "VM Stopped" for a period of time, then comes back.

                                    Rather than forcing downtime to a production role, why not spin up a patched version of the instance then swap it in for the unpatched instance, and delete the old one?

                                    MS documentation already points out the instances can be created and destroyed at any time, so we've already created our apps in a way that can handle such scenarios. Applying the patches this way will save the downtime (we've observed…

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                                      One complexity here is because these instances are persistent, creating a snapped copy might be tricky or impossible.

                                      Is this something that could be enabled with Auto-Scale?

                                    • Provide single VM instance RDS capability

                                      Standalone RDS (RemoteApp and VDI) is only available for Windows Server 2008 R2 and not for Windows Server 2012. Server 2012 requires active directory and also will not allow it to be installed on the same VM as RDS. Please provide the capability to run all services needed for RDS on a single Windows Server 2012 VM.

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                                      • specify which local ip to give to my vm when I create or attach it.

                                        Specify which local ip to give to my vm when I create or attach it. This way I can specify a series of dns servers and then actually have servers to apply those addresses to. This is also helpful when migrating servers since it will then maintain its addressing structure.

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                                        • implement a REST API call to be able to delete a virtual machine using its public/private ip

                                          this will make the infrastructure one step closer to a real IaaS environment.

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