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  1. Manage AzurePack from VisualStudio Server Explorer (Like Azure)

    To be able to manage individual services in Azure Pack via the Server Explorer in Visual Studio just as if it was like the public Azure solution.

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    1 comment  ·  Setup and Configuration  ·  Flag idea as inappropriate…  ·  Admin →
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    3 comments  ·  IAAS  ·  Flag idea as inappropriate…  ·  Admin →
  3. Build a graphical runbook design console for SMA with drag and drop items

    (like Orchestrator) and also provide prebuild powershell workflows as integration packs

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

    Thanks for the feedback! We will investigate including graphical authoring in SMA.

  4. Allow customers to create Runbook (Hosters)

    Allow customers create their own Runbook in WAP

    10 votes
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    1 comment  ·  Service Management Automation  ·  Flag idea as inappropriate…  ·  Admin →
  5. Multitenant AD and ADFS

    Service Providers are moving from dedicated environment per tenant to automated shared environments. Active Directory and Federation forms challenges in these scenarios. Making these services truely multitenant and allow tenant interaction though Azure Pack helps Service Providers overcome these challenges.

    131 votes
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    1 comment  ·  Security and Identity  ·  Flag idea as inappropriate…  ·  Admin →

    Thank you for your feedback! We have this on our radar and appreciate any further feedback on this feature and what you would like to see.

  6. WAP/SMA - Scheduled Task Frequency - Add Hours and Minutes options

    At present it only seems possible to schedule 'one time' or 'daily' for the frequency for runbooks.

    Proposal : Add options for hours and minutes
    Justifcation : (1) Many of our scripts need to run on a more frequent basis, such as scanning ftp file drop locations for new files and processing them accordingly. The limitation of this at the moment restricts our ability to use these.
    (2) Dependancy on Orchestrator restricts full migration to SMA, adds additional development time and testing.

    Current workaround : Make an Orchestrator runbook with a timer which calls the SMA runbook(s).

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

    Just to confirm, you are looking for two additional frequencies: hour and minute. Our team can look into this.

    Yes – you can have a monitor/long running runbook that triggers other runbooks on a timer as a workaround for the moment.

  7. Versioning and approval of SMA runbooks

    When an SMA runbook is edited there is no inbox possibility to revert to the previous version or select an older version. Combining this with approval will also prevent unwanted changes. This also fits in with RBAC.

    27 votes
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  8. Enterprise Subscriptions Co-Administrator Web Sites Owner

    I started off creating subscriptions for teams to use to organize our application environments across all development teams. Then I assigned co-administrator rights to these subscriptions. However when other team members add websites it puts me as the owner rather then the co-administrator who actually created the site. Could we get another field for "Created By" and "Subscription Name"?

    9 votes
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    0 comments  ·  Web Sites  ·  Flag idea as inappropriate…  ·  Admin →
  9. Better remote managability

    Setting up remote Management (e.g. console or remote Desktop Connection) for tenant portals is very tricky at the moment.
    Struggling selving errors, weak documentation (explanations), setting up is not straight forward, so please provide detailed installation instruction.

    11 votes
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    under review  ·  0 comments  ·  IAAS  ·  Flag idea as inappropriate…  ·  Admin →
  10. Add Mobile Services to Azure Pack

    I would really like to see Azure Mobile Services ported over to Azure Pack with an ASP.NET WEB API backend.

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  11. Hierachical tenants

    Allow defining of tenant hierarchies and setting of resource allocation quotas per tenant. Each sub-tenant within parent tenant to be able to set resource allocation quotas within the limits of parent tenant quota. Types of quota: CPU, HDD, RAM, Network, etc.

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

    Thank you for the suggestion! This would certainly be an interesting feature and is something we are taking into consideration. Is this feature to enable some sort of reselling scenario where the tenant would be setting resource allocation quotas within the limits of the parent quota so that they could re-offer the quota to another tenant?

  12. Index JobStreams Table

    Out of the box the JobStreams table does not have an index for JobID and TenantID. The result is that Get-SMAJobOutput and the web portal can get quite easily bogged down. Even with job history set to the standard 30 days and process/debug logging off, this table can get quite large on a busy environment. Simply indexing this table drastically improves the overall performance of SMA. I had a few runbooks with process monitoring turned on and the table reached over 17 million rows (at which point I couldn't get any output from SMA)

    In my environment, I created the…

    3 votes
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  13. Add JSON as SMA asset variable

    Could it be possible to add JSON as possible asset for SMA variables. At the moment we can use string on single line which is limited to 512 characters.

    In my case I have large configuration definition which I want to parse, took some parameters and make modifications.

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

    Thanks for the feedback! We can look into adding json variable support (may be a generic object variable). How many characters are you looking to support in your json variable?

    Also, you can use the Set-AutomationVariable activity from within your runbook to create variables larger than 512 characters. The database actually doesn’t limit this, but the API does. Using the “set” activity in the runbook gets around this limit.

  14. Improve speed DiscoverAllLocalModules for SMA

    It would be good if DiscoverAllLocalModules would keep hash information about modules so when it goes through the discovery it would not need to process all the modules, that would increase speed exponentially, if the hash of the module has change then the DiscoverAllLocalModules would know that the module has been updated.

    24 votes
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    0 comments  ·  Service Management Automation  ·  Flag idea as inappropriate…  ·  Admin →
  15. Display claims in tenant portal

    The Windows Azure Pack Tenant Portal allows you to display Diagnostic information by pressing ALT + CTRL + A
    It would be great to add the current user claims (UPN & Group Claims) to that screen.

    24 votes
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    0 comments  ·  Security and Identity  ·  Flag idea as inappropriate…  ·  Admin →
  16. Speed up search

    When searching for SMA entities, the search intellisense thingy kicks of after typing the first letter, which bogs it down so much is practically useless. Would be much better to wait until, say, 3 letters are typed before doing filtering.

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

    Hi Trond,

    Thanks – this is something our team is aware of and has been on our backlogs.

    Thanks,
    Beth

  17. Add tagging for variables/credentials and connection for central management in multi-tier SMA environment

    This is a scenario that came up recently thinking about multi-tier SMA environments. Where one have different AD's isolated from each other, but wanting a central master SMA orchestrator.

    As for Runbooks where one can use tags as a means to target and distribute the code to different SMA installations downstream. This would also be nice to have for assets types, as this would allow a similar distribution scenario. Enabling having a (HA) central SMA installation where all assets are maintained.

    Even better would be a scenario where one could figure out how to allow for assets with the same…

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

    Thanks for this suggestion!

    Would creating accounts that can group runbooks and assets solve this? If you look at Azure Automation, we allow users to create accounts which should enable what you are talking about.

  18. Translate to other languages

    Include other languages, such as PT-PT, or document a way to extend the base product with other translations.

    35 votes
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  19. Maintenance Mode for SMA workers

    Allow me to put a worker into 'maintenance mode’
    Drain off all running jobs. If job type is workflow stop at the next checkpoint instead of running until drain time is reached and ‘hard’ stopping
    Update the load balancing algorithm to incorporate a heartbeat idea. If a worker is not online don't put new jobs into its partition of the jobs table

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

    Thanks for the feedback! Having this functionality would definitely help in the case a worker goes down or needs to be restarted. We will take this into consideration.

  20. 34 votes
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