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  1. 406 votes
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    3 comments  ·  IAAS  ·  Flag idea as inappropriate…  ·  Admin →
  2. 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.

  3. 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 →
  4. 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 →
  5. 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 →
  6. 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 →
  7. 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 →
  8. 22 votes
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  9. 14 votes
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    1 comment  ·  IAAS  ·  Flag idea as inappropriate…  ·  Admin →
  10. 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.

    14 votes
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    under review  ·  0 comments  ·  IAAS  ·  Flag idea as inappropriate…  ·  Admin →
  11. 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 →
  12. 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 →
  13. 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 →
  14. 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.

    11 votes
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    under review  ·  1 comment  ·  IAAS  ·  Flag idea as inappropriate…  ·  Admin →
  15. 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.

    10 votes
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    under review  ·  0 comments  ·  IAAS  ·  Flag idea as inappropriate…  ·  Admin →
  16. 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…

    9 votes
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    under review  ·  0 comments  ·  IAAS  ·  Flag idea as inappropriate…  ·  Admin →
  17. 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.

    9 votes
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    under review  ·  0 comments  ·  IAAS  ·  Flag idea as inappropriate…  ·  Admin →
  18. 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.

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

    8 votes
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  20. The ability to create vm’s without OS

    For disaster recovery purpose

    7 votes
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