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  1. 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.

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    under review  ·  0 comments  ·  IAAS  ·  Flag idea as inappropriate…  ·  Admin →
  2. Sort list and filter available VHD(X) and ISO files in library

    When a tenant selects to add a ISO or a disk, all the items are shown from the read only lib unsorted. The possibility add sorting and prefilter (for instance based on tags) would enhance the tenant experience and hide unwanted files.

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    under review  ·  1 comment  ·  IAAS  ·  Flag idea as inappropriate…  ·  Admin →
  3. Allow customers to create Runbook (Hosters)

    Allow customers create their own Runbook in WAP

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    1 comment  ·  Service Management Automation  ·  Flag idea as inappropriate…  ·  Admin →
  4. Allow custom links in Tenant Portal

    Much like ADFS does, support adding custom links at the top of the tentant portal (ex: "back to my account").

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    0 comments  ·  Plans, Add-Ons, and Subscriptions  ·  Flag idea as inappropriate…  ·  Admin →
  5. Allow better customization of the standalone or virtual wizard

    When asking users to provide input for deploying VMs, not all options are "enforceable. Admin password, product key etc. always get's prompted.

    Although this might work great in the Service Provider space, enterprise must be able to fully customize the "input experience" to enforce standards and ensure manageability.

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    under review  ·  0 comments  ·  IAAS  ·  Flag idea as inappropriate…  ·  Admin →
  6. 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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    0 comments  ·  Other Services Needed  ·  Flag idea as inappropriate…  ·  Admin →
  7. VM Role (external) validation hooks

    Parameter validation options are very limited and could be expanded with (external) script hooks.
    Example:
    An Enterprise utilizes Azure Pack internally. All VM roles must join the same Active Directory domain. During VM role deployment a computer name is provided by the user. There is no way to check against Active Directory if this computer name is already in use. Worst case scenario, the user enters a name of a server already in use and highjacks the trust relationship with the new VM role breaking service of the “old” server. Many other scenarios could be thought of. It would be…

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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"?

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  9. Add CTRL-ALT-END to the Console Connect login screen

    Today it is not obvious to a tenant how to log on to a VM from the Console Connect screen. There is a small menu in the Console Connect screen that could be used to trigger CTRL-ALT-END.

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  10. 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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  11. Update the Azure Pack for Windows to use new UI

    The portal preview should also have an accompanied update for the Azure Pack for windows.

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  12. 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.

  13. Set NIC bandwidth settings (QOS weight / classification) with VM Role

    The VM Role currently does not allow you to assign a classification (bandwidth weight) to the NIC)

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  14. Allow hierarchical structure of folders for holding runbooks

    Make it possible to create folders and nested folders within the automation section of the admin portal. Allow runbooks to be created and moved to folders that the admin has created.

    e.g. a 'samples' folder for all the pre-installed sample runbooks...... ;-)

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

    Thanks for the feedback. We will look into this. In the meantime, you can use tags to help organize your runbooks.

  15. The ability to create vm’s without OS

    For disaster recovery purpose

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  16. Point to Site support for Virtual Networks with client configuration option in WAP

    Allow a tenant to interact with his virtual machines running on a virtual network by providing point to site connectivity. The tenant should be able to configure his client through the tenant site.

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  17. Simplify deployment of Azure pack into one unified deployment package

    Deploying Azure Pack can be combersome using the current installation process. It requires multiple VMs or servers, SQL, pieces of Orchestrator, and so on. I recommend simplifying the deployment process of WAP.

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  18. 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.

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  19. 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.

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    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.

  20. Runbook publish order should be independent of parent/child order

    In a situation where there's a parent and child runbook, and the parent runbook is uploaded first using Either the WAP gui or PowerShell (Import-SmaRunbook/Publish-SmaRunbook), the parent runbook is unable to "see" the child runbook even after the child runbooks is uploaded/published.

    The required workaround is to republish the parent runbook, which performs some kind of "rescanning" of the available runbooks. In complex environments with lots of runbooks depending on others, this can be very time-consuming to do.

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