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  1. Rename Resource Groups

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

    2,633 votes
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      102 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.

      1,269 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.

        572 votes
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        • Application Gateway management operations are agonizingly slow

          [Originally posted to Azure Portal forum - however should have been submitted here]

          Most creates and updates for application gateway configuration (back-end pools, rules, listeners, certificates, etc.) take 5-10 minutes to apply. This is not a portal issue as it takes just as long via the API / CLI. (This is with even a single instance App Gateway)

          Applying these same settings on Windows Server ARR directly takes only a minute or less, so I'm not sure where the performance issue lies, but there is tremendous room for improvement.

          As it is currently, it provides waaaay too much time while…

          416 votes
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          • 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

            401 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.

              397 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.

                352 votes
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                  20 comments  ·  Flag idea as inappropriate…  ·  Admin →
                • 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…

                  346 votes
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                    7 comments  ·  Flag idea as inappropriate…  ·  Admin →
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                      4 comments  ·  Flag idea as inappropriate…  ·  Admin →
                    • 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.

                      235 votes
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                        11 comments  ·  Flag idea as inappropriate…  ·  Admin →
                      • 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.

                        232 votes
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                        • 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.

                          229 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.

                            160 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)?

                              150 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()]
                                }
                                }

                                144 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!

                                  137 votes
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                                  • An SDK to generate ARM templates programmatically

                                    For complex topologies or higher level abstractions it is not possible to have a static template because it may be overly complicated and hard to maintain. For such scenarios it will be good to have an SDK to generate ARM templates programmatically.

                                    Existing Client Libraries are not entirely fitting ARM template language and require workarounds to be implemented to use them for template generation.

                                    122 votes
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                                      6 comments  ·  Flag idea as inappropriate…  ·  Admin →

                                      This is something we’re thinking about, but would like to ensure that we’re providing a sufficiently robust set of capabilities within the template language syntax itself.

                                      What scenarios are “overly complicated and hard to maintain”? This will help us understand where we need to invest.

                                    • 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…

                                      113 votes
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                                        6 comments  ·  Flag idea as inappropriate…  ·  Admin →
                                      • Allow dots or dashes in service names...

                                        Each Azure service has different restrictions on allowed characters in service name, max length, etc.

                                        Cloud services, SQL Database, Traffic Manager, Search, etc. allows dashes in service name. Storage, for example, doesn't allow dashes in service names. Storage, for example, doesn't allow dashes in service name.

                                        Redis allows very limited (six to twenty) chars, with no dashes or dots.

                                        #1
                                        Please use uniform restrictions on length and allowed char restrictions on all service names.

                                        #2
                                        Allow DASHEs (better yet DOTs) in service names.

                                        As our azure foot print grows, it is becoming increasingly difficult to follow any naming convention that…

                                        109 votes
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                                        • Add a Service Bus Provider

                                          I would like to be able to create and deploy a Service Bus using Azure Resource Manager, but there does not appear to be a provider.

                                          108 votes
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