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  1. Azure Batch default quota is too low. Especially Azure Batch Rendering

    Azure Batch default quota is too low to consider especially Azure Batch Rendering. The customer can use only 1-2 nodes for this workload. Please consider increasing 160 or 200 cores as default.

    See picture. 20/20/20/20/3 as default. I'd expect 200/200/20/20/3

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    • Provide a way to increase default quotas at the subscription level

      It would be nice if we could increase the Max cores, max jobs etc at a subscription level so that each new batch account we create will have those settings.

      I understand you need to know how many cores we can use at any given time but you also have another quota for maximum number of batch accounts we can have.

      I think you can determine our core potential just by multiplying the default limit by the limit on how many batch accounts we can have.

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      • Azure batch node disk encryption

        It would be helpful for azure batch to have encryption at rest for a layer of protection for task temporary files.

        The discussion here illustrates it's overly tricky:

        https://social.msdn.microsoft.com/Forums/azure/en-US/71bc46a7-593a-447c-912b-b95754198c6b/does-batch-use-encrypted-local-storage?forum=azurebatch

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        • Need reimage support on VirtualMachineConfiguration-based pool

          Hi Batch Team, we would like to have reimage support on VirtualMachineConfiguration-based pools as well. We know that currently it is supported on CloudServiceConfiguration-based pools. This would greatly reduce the effort to maintain the nodes in the pool as we want to regularly reimage the nodes to keep them healthy without deleting the pool and recreating again. Thanks so much!

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          • Custom job/node statistic/metrics

            There's a vote for per-node resource statistics for general metrics that are always relevant - CPU, RAM usage, etc.

            The ability to push custom statistics, probably through some kind of node SDK, would be great too. For example, if you're doing database work, you might want the rows p/s or if it was render work, pixels p/s or ETA for that section.

            Ideally, these metrics would also be available for the entire job. In the first example above, the entire job would show the sum of all rows p/s to get the total rows p/s. For ETA, it would be…

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            • Differentiate between "Started" and "Submitted" on the Jobs screen

              Currently the STARTED column gives the date and time when a job was submitted to the pool - i.e. joined the queue. It would be great if this was changed to "SUBMITTED" and the "STARTED" column reflected when the actual job started being executed by the Pool.

              3 votes
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              • Allow sort by columns for Jobs, Pools and Applications on the Azure blade

                It would be a nice feature to be able to sort by header on the Azure blade in the Jobs, Pools and Applications screens. i.e. clicking on "Pool" header on the "Jobs" blade would order alphabetically by Pool, then clicking again would order reverse alphabetically, etc.

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                • Per-node resource statistics (CPU usage etc.)

                  Currently the API allows to fetch resource stats for a whole pool, returning averages of cpu usage etc. See https://docs.microsoft.com/en-us/rest/api/batchservice/get-information-about-a-pool

                  It would be great if one could query those statistics per-node as well. This is especially useful if you run only a single task per node and want to see how well it utilizes the node (by parallelisation etc.)

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                  • 13 votes
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                    • Support for allocating Azure Batch nodes using containers instead of VMs

                      It would be great if Azure Batch could use the upcoming Windows Containers to allocate new nodes as containers instead of VMs, with an appropriate increase in auto-scale formula evaluation frequency.

                      This could potentially reduce the time from job submission to executing at full capacity from the current 5-10 minutes to well under a minute.

                      These are some of the scenarios where this would benefit us:

                      In scenario one a customer might use hundreds of nodes to run a large job in a few minutes, but the wait for nodes to be allocated and then become available can tripple the…

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                      • Visual Studio Project - Batch Application

                        There needs to be a simpler way to deploy Batch Applications, preferably directly from Visual Studio.

                        Having a mechanism to deploy my Azure Batch programs directly to my Batch Applications with a method similar to deploying Azure Web Apps would save heaps of time.

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                        • Support deployment through Azure Resource Manager

                          Setting up a new batch account together with a pool should be supported through Azure Resource Manager.

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                          • Implement local Batch emulation

                            Please allow full emulation of Batch jobs to facilitate local development and testing prior to deployment.

                            85 votes
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                            • Allow initial value for TargetDedicated when autoscale is enabled for a pool.

                              Otherwise it takes at least 5 minutes to start the tasks!

                              18 votes
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                              • Allow a way to add RequestOptionsPolicy in CloudTask/CloudJob's CustomBehaviour Collection for calls to Blob Storage

                                We are encrypting the files before uploading to Blob Storage by specifying Encryption Policy in RequestOptions.

                                These files are later used as the ResourceFiles to the CloudTask but there is no way to specify the Encryption Policy.

                                https://social.msdn.microsoft.com/Forums/azure/en-US/c3806bd6-9e60-482a-89d6-40977c5bbe96/azure-batch-services-decrypt-resource-file?forum=azurebatch

                                3 votes
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                                • Add diagnostics support for Azure Batch

                                  Currently Azure Batch does not support diagnostics/telemetry/performance counters. It would be really useful to have something like a New relic or an App insights integration.

                                  46 votes
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                                    planned  ·  Yiding ZhouYiding Zhou responded

                                    Thanks for the suggestion. We are actively working on diagnostic feature for Azure Batch service.

                                  • Support on Premise Batch Nodes

                                    It would be great to have support for on-premise nodes to support hybrid workloads. This could help with connectivity issues for specific types of specialized data sources. Having a "Batch Agent" that could be installed on any server so it can register in a pool and be sent work would be really valuable.

                                    30 votes
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                                      under review  ·  Yiding ZhouYiding Zhou responded

                                      Interesting idea. Hybrid scenario is definitely something we will look at. Have you tried Windows HPC?

                                    • Deploy certificate from Azure Key Vault to compute node

                                      Rather than having to associate a certificate with a pool, being able to associate a certificate in a Key Vault that's been created with the -EnabledForDeployment flag would help centralize management of certificates being deployed to both VM's and Batch nodes.

                                      15 votes
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                                      • Jobs of equal priority should be executed in submission order

                                        If I have a fixed number of dedicated VMs, then it is important that queued jobs run in submission order. Sure I could use the priority to achieve this, but then I can't use priority for real business use case prioritisation. Sure I could reserve priority ranges, but this is getting complicated when it should just process them in submission order.

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