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  1. 409 votes
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      3 comments  ·  IAAS  ·  Flag idea as inappropriate…  ·  Admin →
    • Allow tenants to protect and recover their virtual machines

      It is very important for tenants to have control over backup and recovery of the VMs they created in their Windows Azure Pack VM Clouds. It should be possible to backup VMs while online and recover while offline.

      230 votes
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        9 comments  ·  IAAS  ·  Flag idea as inappropriate…  ·  Admin →

        We are reviewing a feature for disaster recovery for VMs. If you have particular ideas about the feature, please share with us here. Note that disaster recovery and backup/recovery are different features.

      • Add VM hardware settings to Gallery Item

        UR6(?) introduced a way to create Gen2 VMs though a custom setting on cloud; this is rather a wacky way to do it as forces just the Gen2 for all VM roles which severally limits scenarios. For example Linux distros don't have good (or any at all) support for Gen2 and secure boot.
        If we just could specify the VM hardware setting (like Gen version, secure boot, boot order) when authoring a gallery item it would bring a lot of value for WAP!!!

        175 votes
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          10 comments  ·  IAAS  ·  Flag idea as inappropriate…  ·  Admin →
        • Choose a subnet when modifying the network settings for a VM.

          Today, we can add several address spaces inside a virtual network on the portal, but when setting a particular VM, we can only choose the virtual network, not the subnet (which is present when viewing into the VMM console)

          131 votes
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            4 comments  ·  IAAS  ·  Flag idea as inappropriate…  ·  Admin →
          • 93 votes
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              4 comments  ·  IAAS  ·  Flag idea as inappropriate…  ·  Admin →

              Thank you. Could you be more explicit about which resources and which metrics you are referring to?

            • Merge VM Template and VM Role in a single gallery / wizard experience

              It is unclear to a tenant to select the correct option to deploy a VM now.

              84 votes
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                2 comments  ·  IAAS  ·  Flag idea as inappropriate…  ·  Admin →
              • Option to remove the additional IP from your virtual network

                In UR8 we have the option now to assign multiple IP's to our virtual network. only when we delete the NAT rule, the IP is still available for the tenant to use when creating a new NAT Rule, which is fine, but the tenant needs an option to delete the additional IP from his subscription.

                BTW I also wonder if an extra ip is a separate billing item in the usage?

                80 votes
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                  2 comments  ·  IAAS  ·  Flag idea as inappropriate…  ·  Admin →
                • Extend WAP integration with WS and SC 2016 for SDN Load Balancing

                  Extend WAP integration with WS and SC 2016 for SDN Load Balancing. Biggest gap from HNV 2012 R2 which prevents enterprise and production workloads to be hosted on current 2012R2 HNV version. Nowadays when almost everything is using REST these services cannot be load balanced. Load Balancing is one of the first requirements at any environment with more than 2 servers.

                  79 votes
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                    1 comment  ·  IAAS  ·  Flag idea as inappropriate…  ·  Admin →
                  • Adding, removing, growing and shrinking of VHDX files should be an online operation

                    Currently a VM has to be taken offline to add, remove, grow or shrink a VHDX. If the operating supports it this should be an online experience.
                    Future online capabilities should also be online in Windows Azure Pack

                    74 votes
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                      2 comments  ·  IAAS  ·  Flag idea as inappropriate…  ·  Admin →
                    • Set storage classifcations for disks in the VM Role for better placement rules

                      The VM Role uses differencing disks. So the placement of the parent disk is crucial (because of I/O requirements)

                      60 votes
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                        2 comments  ·  IAAS  ·  Flag idea as inappropriate…  ·  Admin →
                      • Allow online add/removal of virtual network adapters

                        Currently the VM has to be shutdown to add/remove a virtual network adapter

                        47 votes
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                          1 comment  ·  IAAS  ·  Flag idea as inappropriate…  ·  Admin →
                        • Allow online add/removal of ISO from Virtual Machine Manager Library

                          Currently the VM has to be shutdown to add/remove a ISO

                          47 votes
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                            4 comments  ·  IAAS  ·  Flag idea as inappropriate…  ·  Admin →
                          • Storage class support from tenant portal

                            Storage class support from tenant portal so that user can select vmm storage class while adding disk

                            32 votes
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                              0 comments  ·  IAAS  ·  Flag idea as inappropriate…  ·  Admin →
                            • Allow configuration of a GRE Site-to-Site VPN in the Networking Virtualization Resource provider from the tenant site

                              Since SCVMM 2012 R2 Update Rollup 5, administrators can create a GRE based Site-to-Site VPN tunnel.

                              However in the current Azure Pack Update Rollups, the tenant can't create a GRE based site-to-site VPN tunnel in the portal. Currently if a S2S tunnel is created, the Network Virtualization resource provider defaults to an IKEv2 based tunnel which not many routing equipment out there supports out of the box.

                              29 votes
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                                0 comments  ·  IAAS  ·  Flag idea as inappropriate…  ·  Admin →
                              • Multiple tiers for the VM Role

                                The VM Role is now single tier, multiple instances. Match the VMM service template functionality with multiple tier configurations.

                                24 votes
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                                  2 comments  ·  IAAS  ·  Flag idea as inappropriate…  ·  Admin →

                                  We are looking into this. And as Samir mentioned, a workaround via SMA may apply to your scenario in the time being.

                                • Delete checkpoint from the tenant portal

                                  Windows Azure Pack Update Rollup 6 added the possibility to create and restore checkpoints from the tenant portal. this is great! but oddly, the tenant cannot delete the checkpoint, this make the checkpoint concept useless. Please plan to add the remove checkpoint possibility to the UR7 road map.

                                  23 votes
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                                    planned  ·  1 comment  ·  IAAS  ·  Flag idea as inappropriate…  ·  Admin →
                                  • 22 votes
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                                      0 comments  ·  IAAS  ·  Flag idea as inappropriate…  ·  Admin →
                                    • Please allow usage of a blank VHDX!

                                      A VM cannot be provisioned with a blank hard disk which means SCCM cannot be used to build the VM using PXE or an ISO image attached to the VM's DVD drive. Instead a provisioned virtual disk must be used which adds additional support and management overhead. The additional overhead includes separate build and patch management processes and a significant number of VM templates to support different OS's and hardware configurations.

                                      20 votes
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                                        0 comments  ·  IAAS  ·  Flag idea as inappropriate…  ·  Admin →
                                      • Support for shared VHDX guest cluster using VMRole

                                        My customer is holding off on WAP and looking for other solutions, as they are not able to deploy guest clusters using VM Roles. They are huge VMWare customer, just started deploying Hyper-V, one of the selling point was guest cluster creation using Shared VHDX. Not having this is in VMRole, creating deployment delays.

                                        18 votes
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                                          0 comments  ·  IAAS  ·  Flag idea as inappropriate…  ·  Admin →
                                        • Ability to create Replicas of virtual machines from WAP to Microsoft Azure

                                          As a disaster recovery mechanism, allow tenant VMs to be replicated to public Azure. Possibly a cloud service that is activated by an admin and consumed by the tenant. Test failover, planned failover and unplanned failover should be controllable by tenant from tenant portal.

                                          17 votes
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                                            1 comment  ·  IAAS  ·  Flag idea as inappropriate…  ·  Admin →
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