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  1. 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.

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    0 comments  ·  Service Management Automation  ·  Flag idea as inappropriate…  ·  Admin →
  2. 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.

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    0 comments  ·  Databases  ·  Flag idea as inappropriate…  ·  Admin →
  3. Build better local testing/debugging tools for SMA Workflows

    It's very difficult to get a local machine set up so that Workflows destined for SMA can be tested and debugged on a local machine as though they were in the SMA environment. A lot of times you have to write a workflow on your local machine, put it in SMA, watch it break (often without much debugging output unless you used write-verbose), and then you have to try to fix it on your local machine. And your local machine doesn't match SMA, so you have to upload it to SMA again to test, watch if fail, and cycle repeats.…

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    3 comments  ·  Service Management Automation  ·  Flag idea as inappropriate…  ·  Admin →
    started  ·  SMAUserVoice responded

    SMA ISE Add-on which allows you to test and debug runbooks from ISE has been released.

    powershellgallery.com/packages/SMAAuthoring..

    Check this blog post for more details – blogs.technet.microsoft.com/orchestrator/20..

  4. 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.

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    0 comments  ·  Service Management Automation  ·  Flag idea as inappropriate…  ·  Admin →
  5. 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.

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    0 comments  ·  Security and Identity  ·  Flag idea as inappropriate…  ·  Admin →
  6. Multiple tiers for the VM Role

    The VM Role is now single tier, multiple instances. Match the VMM service template functionality with multiple tier configurations.

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    2 comments  ·  IAAS  ·  Flag idea as inappropriate…  ·  Admin →

    We are looking into this. And as Samir mentioned, a workaround via SMA may apply to your scenario in the time being.

  7. Delete checkpoint from the tenant portal

    Windows Azure Pack Update Rollup 6 added the possibility to create and restore checkpoints from the tenant portal. this is great! but oddly, the tenant cannot delete the checkpoint, this make the checkpoint concept useless. Please plan to add the remove checkpoint possibility to the UR7 road map.

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    planned  ·  1 comment  ·  IAAS  ·  Flag idea as inappropriate…  ·  Admin →
  8. Give default plans to new users logged on tenant portal

    When a user logs in the tenant portal, the user basically only has two tabs (All items and My account), and the user has to add a subscription to get services. The user may be new to WAP portal and gets confused, can we have some default plans for the new users?

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    4 comments  ·  Plans, Add-Ons, and Subscriptions  ·  Flag idea as inappropriate…  ·  Admin →

    Hi Ray, In the same vein of what Samir mentioned, there is a way currently for the admin to give a tenant a subscription so that when the tenant logs in, they already have a subscription and access to the resources of that subscription. Does that solve your scenario or were you looking for additional functionality?

  9. 22 votes
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    0 comments  ·  IAAS  ·  Flag idea as inappropriate…  ·  Admin →
  10. Please allow usage of a blank VHDX!

    A VM cannot be provisioned with a blank hard disk which means SCCM cannot be used to build the VM using PXE or an ISO image attached to the VM's DVD drive. Instead a provisioned virtual disk must be used which adds additional support and management overhead. The additional overhead includes separate build and patch management processes and a significant number of VM templates to support different OS's and hardware configurations.

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    0 comments  ·  IAAS  ·  Flag idea as inappropriate…  ·  Admin →
  11. Complete resolution of network subnet issue that was partially fixed in Update Rollup 11.

    In update rollup 11, the issue where tenants couldn't select a specific subnet of a network when creating a virtual machine has been resolved. However when a tenant edits an existing network card, or adds a new or additional network card they are still unable to modify the subnet.

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    0 comments  ·  Flag idea as inappropriate…  ·  Admin →
  12. Support for shared VHDX guest cluster using VMRole

    My customer is holding off on WAP and looking for other solutions, as they are not able to deploy guest clusters using VM Roles. They are huge VMWare customer, just started deploying Hyper-V, one of the selling point was guest cluster creation using Shared VHDX. Not having this is in VMRole, creating deployment delays.

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    0 comments  ·  IAAS  ·  Flag idea as inappropriate…  ·  Admin →
  13. Ability to create Replicas of virtual machines from WAP to Microsoft Azure

    As a disaster recovery mechanism, allow tenant VMs to be replicated to public Azure. Possibly a cloud service that is activated by an admin and consumed by the tenant. Test failover, planned failover and unplanned failover should be controllable by tenant from tenant portal.

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    1 comment  ·  IAAS  ·  Flag idea as inappropriate…  ·  Admin →
  14. 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)

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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.

  15. Choice of datacenter

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

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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.

  16. 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

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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?

  17. 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.

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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.

  18. 14 votes
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    1 comment  ·  IAAS  ·  Flag idea as inappropriate…  ·  Admin →
  19. Allow VM to mount external DVD/ISO/VHD/Device

    As of now you can only mount ISOs from the VMM library, it would be good to be able to mount DVD/ISO/VHD or other similar devices from the users computer i.e. mount from the users physical hardware.

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    0 comments  ·  Portal and API  ·  Flag idea as inappropriate…  ·  Admin →
  20. VHD storage classification and live storage migration

    Leverage with VMM storage classification profiles and storage migration. The option for storage class selection is missing. In addition when storage class has been changed for VM hard drives it could initiate workflow for live storage migration to the new selected storage class.

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