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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.

    37 votes
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    1 comment  ·  Setup and Configuration  ·  Flag idea as inappropriate…  ·  Admin →
  2. 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.

  3. 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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    2 comments  ·  Portal and API  ·  Flag idea as inappropriate…  ·  Admin →
  4. 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.

  5. 34 votes
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    under review  ·  0 comments  ·  Service Management Automation  ·  Flag idea as inappropriate…  ·  Admin →
  6. Support hide parts of Tenant Portal

    Support hiding by configuration of sections such as:
    a) My account
    b) VM Function role
    others.

    This is important when developing generic hosting services on the internet.

    30 votes
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    1 comment  ·  Plans, Add-Ons, and Subscriptions  ·  Flag idea as inappropriate…  ·  Admin →
    under review  ·  Azure Pack Team responded

    Hi-

    Thank you for the suggestion. We are unable to accommodate this in Azure Pack, but similar functionality is being investigated for Azure Stack.

    Thanks!

    Kylie

  7. Ability to assign AD Groups/Users to Plans and Various Other Elements to WAP

    It would be nice to be able to assign AD Users and or Groups to Plans in Azure Pack. Instead of just limiting access to the whole portal via a STS provider. That way we could re-use the same portal for various solutions internally, by utilizing Plans that are locked down to a certain subset of users in the organization.

    28 votes
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    1 comment  ·  Plans, Add-Ons, and Subscriptions  ·  Flag idea as inappropriate…  ·  Admin →
  8. 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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    0 comments  ·  Service Management Automation  ·  Flag idea as inappropriate…  ·  Admin →
  9. Possibility to import MSSQL/MYSQL database through WAP portal

    We need a way to allow our customers to import a database dump (.bak file) through the Windows Azure Pack portal.

    27 votes
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    0 comments  ·  Databases  ·  Flag idea as inappropriate…  ·  Admin →
  10. 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 →
  11. 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 →
  12. 22 votes
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    0 comments  ·  IAAS  ·  Flag idea as inappropriate…  ·  Admin →
  13. Trigger SMA scripts to run synchronously (before action)

    Today SMA runbooks can be triggered when an "action" is taken. However there is no (synchronous) way to prevent the action to take place or to "modify" the parameters for the action. Examples where this would be helpful: Runbook that puts VM in maintenance mode for SCOM when tenant does shutdown from portal. Runbook that fetches a new computer name from custom database an injects into create VM action. Today these actions need to be done "after the fact" as a cleanup task (e.g. rename the server)

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

    Thanks for the feedback! This is something that we have thought about and need to do some further investigating to figure out how it can be done.

  14. Choice of datacenter

    If tenant resources are spread across multiple datacenters, there should be a choice of datacenter as a unit of organization.

    16 votes
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    1 comment  ·  Portal and API  ·  Flag idea as inappropriate…  ·  Admin →

    Thank you for your feedback! We too would love to bring this Azure-consistent functionality on-premise.

  15. Clarify error messages

    Debugging Azure Pack services can be a huge pain because error messages are:

    1: top level messages
    2: global stack traces

    If errors are *more specific it would be easier to debug and would save me a lot of time on the azurepack forums

    16 votes
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    1 comment  ·  Setup and Configuration  ·  Flag idea as inappropriate…  ·  Admin →

    This is very helpful feedback, we definitely want you to have as seamless experience as possible when using Azure Pack. Could you provide some examples of any error messages that were particularly cryptic or hard to debug for you?

  16. Add API to validate if resource can be allocated

    Ex: if the payment is overdue, user should not be allow to add more vm's, create new websites, etc. There is an API to do this for subscriptions, but it is not enough.

    15 votes
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    0 comments  ·  Usage and Billing  ·  Flag idea as inappropriate…  ·  Admin →

    Thank you for the feedback. You are correct, you can now only do this via subscription changes (i.e. add-ons) but we will look into supporting this at the resource creation level.

  17. 14 votes
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    1 comment  ·  IAAS  ·  Flag idea as inappropriate…  ·  Admin →
  18. Provision VMs without a template - point to sccm or pxe service or even ISO build to give flexiblity to provisioning.

    Templates are great when you have a limited number, but can get cumbersome in large environments. Allow vm and os provisioning via other methods such as pxe, sccm, iso, etc to help streamline template management. - especially useful when trying to leverage dsc/puppet/chef for management.

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    under review  ·  0 comments  ·  IAAS  ·  Flag idea as inappropriate…  ·  Admin →
  19. 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)

    14 votes
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    under review  ·  1 comment  ·  IAAS  ·  Flag idea as inappropriate…  ·  Admin →
  20. Sharing ISO’s instead of copying them

    Ths still does not work properly in VMM 2012 R2 and WAP

    12 votes
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    under review  ·  2 comments  ·  IAAS  ·  Flag idea as inappropriate…  ·  Admin →
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