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  1. Rename Resource Groups

    Need the ability to rename resource groups either via PowerShell or the new portal.

    3,163 votes
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      121 comments  ·  Flag idea as inappropriate…  ·  Admin →

      Renaming resource groups is treated like a resource move behind the scenes. We will address this feature request once resource move is broadly supported across the various services. We would not want to release a rename feature where some resources ended up in the “renamed” resource group, while others were left behind.

    • Let me define preconfigured Blob Containers, Tables, Queue in ARM template

      Right now we can define storage account, account location, name, type of redundancy and some other minor parameters - and it's cool!
      But story is not complete without blob containers, tables and queues.

      For my app for normal work inside storage account I need containers and tables. But I can't include them inside ARM template right now and it's not cool.

      Please, add to a storage template this feature and as a result DevOps story using ARM will be much better.

      1,783 votes
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        48 comments  ·  Flag idea as inappropriate…  ·  Admin →
      • Nested Resource groups

        The resource group concept is great, by recently, we started hitting a limit. Resource groups is Azure can't be nested (a Resource group that contains other Resource groups), and consequently, when assigning user permissions to a resource group, it is simplier to create a single resource group and include all the needed resource groups in that group, then assigning the user permissions on that parent resource group. This is one of the many benefits and advantages of having nested resource groups

        637 votes
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        • easy way to change datacenter

          It will be nice a feature that allow move services created in windows azure from one Datacenter to another.

          Sample: Move from West US to North Europe.

          591 votes
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          • Allow Cloud Service publishing in VS to use Storage Accounts created in ARM

            Today in SDK 2.8, if you create a storage account in ARM, it's not visible in the Cloud Service publish tooling. It can only see "classic" storage accounts. Not awesome.

            496 votes
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            • Tag inheritance

              The ability for objects contained in a resource group to inherit tags from the resource group. It might be a good idea to allow the user to specify which tags on the resource group should propagate/inherit.

              458 votes
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                28 comments  ·  Flag idea as inappropriate…  ·  Admin →
              • Add support for YAML Deployment Templates

                Please add support for YAML / jinja2 templates. This will allow full integration with Ansible and many other Automation Providers.

                456 votes
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                • move resource from classic mode

                  I have several services (storage, cloud services, VMs) that were all created using the same Affinity Group, and are all bound to the same Virtual Network.

                  As you switched from AGs to Resource Groups, the AG seems to have been mostly reasonably mapped... as such, the storage, VMs, etc are all bound to the same RG... yay for good migration.

                  But my Virtual Network isn't... and I seem to be unable to move it into the RG... error is "Resource move is not supported for 'Microsoft.ClassicNetwork'."

                  Let me be completely clear here... I have ABSOLUTELY ZERO intention of RECREATING all…

                  349 votes
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                    8 comments  ·  Flag idea as inappropriate…  ·  Admin →
                  • Support zero as a valid count in a resource loop

                    We are developing an Azure Marketplace solution using ARM templates. The software we are exposing in this solution has the concept of worker machines, and a user may desire N of them, where N can be arbitrarily large or small. Indeed, the user may wish to have 0 workers and this makes total sense within the software.

                    The most straightforward way to provide this features is through the use of ARM resource loops. The user provides their desired number of workers as a parameter, and a resource loop stamps out that number of machines from a template with a unique…

                    316 votes
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                      10 comments  ·  Flag idea as inappropriate…  ·  Admin →
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                      • Add ability to rename services

                        It would be useful to be able to rename services on occasion. If these are tied to other services or components (eg., DNS entry), then perhaps the ability to migrate could be added. I know there's another vote to rename resource groups, however I'd like to see this possible for anything.

                        290 votes
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                        • Provide GUID function in Azure Resource Manager template language

                          Hi,
                          I think there should be function in the ARM template language with which I can generate unique and valid GUID. Services like Automation and Operational insights (OMS) use guids for creating certain resources like jobs and saved searches. This will provide better experience for template deployments with these service. For example if I want to execute runbook with ARM template I will not have the need to generate GUID for the job in advance that will be done by function. This will also make the experience of deploying trough Portal, VS or PowerShell the same.

                          244 votes
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                          • Enable using local filesystem for Linked Templates

                            Allow an ARM template to reference a relative file path on the local file system for accessing Linked Templates. It seems absurd that this isn't already available. We shouldn't be forced to put our templates in a publicly available resource to retrieve them and use them in other templates.

                            237 votes
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                            • Add Date() to Resource Group Template Functions

                              Extending the RG Template Functions to support date and time would allow names, settings, etc. to dynamically include timestamps.

                              ex. "name": "web-[date('year')]", could return "web-2016"

                              Would be helpful for scenarios such as setting up daily builds as part of a dev/test scenario, connection strings that may require date configuration, or other times where you don't want to have to go back to a .ps1 or .sh for grabbing dates. Thanks!

                              231 votes
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                              • how to identify who created the virtual machine or any other resources under our subscription

                                We have a subscription. Most of my team members are admins. We are trying to clean up the resources by decommissioning the unused resources. For this, we need to know as to who created these resources so that we can directly connect with them. Is there any way?

                                200 votes
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                                • Allow SQL databases to exist in a resource group different than the SQL Server

                                  The idea here is that I would like to have multiple databases in different resource groups, but one server to hold them all. The server would be in its own resource group.

                                  This is possible with App Service and App Service Plan.

                                  191 votes
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                                  • Official migration tool or procedure from VM v1(Classic) to VM v2(ARM).

                                    Do you have any plan to provide official migration tools or procedures from VM v1(Classic) to VM v2(ARM)?

                                    159 votes
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                                    • Rollback Template Deployment if anything fail - Just like AWS CloudFormation

                                      Everytime that I use Template Deployment, if some resource fails to be create, I have to manually delete all the resources. This is not good.

                                      Allways that any resource fails to be deployed, the entire template need to be rolledback.

                                      157 votes
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                                      • In outputs of a template, allow to return the references of the created resources

                                        For exemple : if the template creates multiple resources (for exemple : multiple virtual network card), it could be usefull to retrieve the references of the created resources for using it in parent templates.

                                        Something like this
                                        outputs {
                                        resources : {
                                        type : object,
                                        value : "[this()]
                                        }
                                        }

                                        151 votes
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                                        • Add ARM template function to generate Shared Access Signature (SAS) token

                                          There is an ARM template function to get one of the master keys: listkeys()

                                          But there is equivalent function to generate a SAS token.

                                          This is needed because certain things (like the DSC extension) only supports SAS tokens (it does not support using the primary/secondary key)

                                          146 votes
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