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  1. SMA Runbook concurrency

    The ability to set concurrency limits for individual runbooks would very useful (like Orchestrator).

    Example use/case: Querying AD for the next free SamAccountName and creating an AD user. If two runbooks which would result in the same SamAccountName being provided are started at the same time one of them will fail. A maximum concurrency of 1 would solve this.

    I've tried solving this with code in various ways, but have found no reliable way.

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    3 comments  ·  Service Management Automation  ·  Flag idea as inappropriate…  ·  Admin →
    under review  ·  Beth Cooper responded

    Thanks for the feedback on this. We can investigate adding this functionality.

  2. VM Role Context sensitive menus (dynamic view definition)

    It would be great if context sensitive menu where possible.
    A Boolean parameter could open up an extra menu to configure.
    Example: Extra disk wanted? When selected an extra Section could be added dynamically allowing the user to add extra disks. The user could then add disk parameters like amount of disks and the size per disk.

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    under review  ·  0 comments  ·  IAAS  ·  Flag idea as inappropriate…  ·  Admin →
  3. Streamline integration of DSC/Puppet/Chef into service offerings.

    It would be great to make it where your different offerings are all based off the same vm deployment, but are simply updating each vm to get the proper policy from an enterprise configuration management platform such as DSC/Puppet/Chef. Many orgs aren't worried about provisioning speed, but long term maintainability.

    6 votes
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    under review  ·  0 comments  ·  IAAS  ·  Flag idea as inappropriate…  ·  Admin →
  4. Allow full DNS management

    Allow full DNS management for hosters who have DNS servers but also allow the same features via godaddy and such external DNS management providers.

    Admin portal to register and manage whilst user as a service can also add A and MX records etc.

    46 votes
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    1 comment  ·  Web Sites  ·  Flag idea as inappropriate…  ·  Admin →

    While not on the short term roadmap, this is something we will look into bringing to the Web Sites provider in the future.

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    1 comment  ·  IAAS  ·  Flag idea as inappropriate…  ·  Admin →
  6. Applications : Develop User and Application Provisioning Templates

    Windows Azure Pack would really come into it's own if it starts to make available templates (ideally customisable) for deployment of applications and services. Applications like Dynamics AX, NAV, and others would really benefit from this. Similarly with user management.

    Reason : At the moment, there doesnt appear to be any comparable MS option to Citric's Cloud Portal product, where they have templates in place for deployment of things like Office 365, CRM, and other server apps.

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    under review  ·  0 comments  ·  IAAS  ·  Flag idea as inappropriate…  ·  Admin →
  7. GUI : Wap Admin Portal Settings

    Add options for

    Fonts : Adjustable size for logged in user
    Reason : they're awfully large by default

    Quoting : Enable or disable automatic double quotes that are put in when you type just one "
    Reason : this can be somewhat annoying

    Job History : Purge options to immediately clear all runbooks of logs
    Reason : No option to do an immediate purge at the moment

    Edit Runbook Prompt : Enable/Disable options for the 'do you want to edit this runbook' prompt
    Reason : I always want to, why would i click on it otherwise

    Parameters : Options for…

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    1 comment  ·  Service Management Automation  ·  Flag idea as inappropriate…  ·  Admin →
    under review  ·  Beth Cooper responded

    Thanks for the feedback!
    For fonts – is this for the runbook authoring or through the experience in general?
    Also, the notifications bar is more for WAP in general as this is a general pattern.
    The SMA team can take a look at everything else.

    Also, you can currently use the dropdown to select different job statuses on both the runbooks list and the Runbook >Jobs list views.

  8. Azure Pack Backup

    Similar to azure backup for DPM but as a service that can be offered in Azure Pack so that customers can backup their data from DPM to the hosting providers Azure Pack service.

    Also include an agent that can be installed directly onto a customer machine that can backup directly to the hosters backup portal (so that they are not bound to DPM in the case of smaller customers that may not require DPM).

    Azure pack should offer offsite DPM cloud storage or offsite client cloud backup storage for client machines (e.g. protect bare metal, my documents, my pictures or…

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    5 comments  ·  Other Services Needed  ·  Flag idea as inappropriate…  ·  Admin →
    under review  ·  Azure Pack Team responded

    Hi-

    Thank you for the suggestion- we have no active investigation but when resources become available we will take a look at this scenario.

    Thanks!

    Kylie

  9. VPN details or script

    Let tenants download VPN config script via the portal, like in Microsoft Azure. Or at least supply the details needed to setup the connection.

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    under review  ·  0 comments  ·  IAAS  ·  Flag idea as inappropriate…  ·  Admin →
  10. Allow partners to offer azure pack customers resources from their partner bought azure subscriptions

    Similar to Marc van Eijk suggestion but extended to allow partners to use their enterprise azure agreement and offer their azure pack customers resources based on transparent offerings and pricing options

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

    This is a great suggestion, thank you. We are reviewing and appreciate any further details regarding how you would like this to work in WAP.

  11. Runbook Section - Display Options

    1) Automation --> Runbooks --> Click on any runbook
    After you have done this, the column to the left of the workbook then displays the list of runbooks (with the big left arrow at the top). The runbooks don't seem to be sorted in any order. A-Z would be nice. :-)

    2) Automation --> Runbooks
    Add 'last modified' column to table.

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    0 comments  ·  Service Management Automation  ·  Flag idea as inappropriate…  ·  Admin →
  12. Provide the ability for a tenant to specify the provisioning of a VM across upgrade or fault domains.

    I would be of great value if the tenant was able to select the upgrade or fault domain that the VM must be deployed into. Similar to the functionality that Microsoft Azure provides. Currently there is no way for a tenant to specify that he workloads must split across domains. This must also not necessarily be part of a scalable VM role where it is done automatically in Azure. If for instance the tenant is the AD team that wants to deploy 2 DC's, it would be great if they had the ability to select a upgrade/fault domain into which…

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    under review  ·  0 comments  ·  IAAS  ·  Flag idea as inappropriate…  ·  Admin →
  13. CSV support in SMA

    SMA runbooks need proper support for versioning (git or similar) so that they can be properly handled as source code.

    5 votes
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    under review  ·  0 comments  ·  Service Management Automation  ·  Flag idea as inappropriate…  ·  Admin →
  14. Collaboration Suite

    Merge WAP with Collaboration Suite (Exchange, SharePoint, Lync, etc)

    WAP could be the web front end of all MS products. Why not?

    3 votes
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    0 comments  ·  Other Services Needed  ·  Flag idea as inappropriate…  ·  Admin →

    Thank you for the suggestion. If this is important to you, please email me and I may be able to point you to helpful resources for this.

  15. 43 votes
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    under review  ·  3 comments  ·  Setup and Configuration  ·  Flag idea as inappropriate…  ·  Admin →
  16. VM Load Balancing or Trafic manager

    Add support to add load balance between VM's like in public Azure (via trafic manager or VM load balancing feature)

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    under review  ·  1 comment  ·  IAAS  ·  Flag idea as inappropriate…  ·  Admin →
  17. SMA - Cmdlet for deleting runbook jobs

    Update SMA module to include a cmdlet to allow for single or bulk deletion of jobs.

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    3 comments  ·  Service Management Automation  ·  Flag idea as inappropriate…  ·  Admin →
    under review  ·  Beth Cooper responded

    Can you provide a bit more detail about the scenario that you would want to use this for?

    Right now, you could change the purge schedule to occur more frequently if your db is filling up too quickly. You can also delete unneeded runbooks which would also delete the associated jobs.

  18. Provision Maximum and Minimum IOPS as part of a subscription Services

    Allow the use of minimum and maximum IOPS functionality as part of the Virtual Machine Cloud subscription and/or Virtual Machine Templates

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    under review  ·  1 comment  ·  IAAS  ·  Flag idea as inappropriate…  ·  Admin →
  19. implement Auto-Scale functionality for both Web Sites & VMs

    implement Auto-Scale functionality for both Web Sites & VMs - similar to azure functionality

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    1 comment  ·  Web Sites  ·  Flag idea as inappropriate…  ·  Admin →
    under review  ·  Azure Pack Team responded

    Hi-

    Thanks for the suggestion, We are following up with the parties responsible for these features.

    Thanks!

    Kylie

  20. Return System Error when a Provision via REST fails with "Internal Server Error"

    When provisioning a VM Role via the REST API, if the server reports an "Internal Error", there is no error body returned. However there is a full error description written to the event log. Can we have the JSON part of that error returned in the REST response.

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    under review  ·  0 comments  ·  IAAS  ·  Flag idea as inappropriate…  ·  Admin →
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