DevTest Labs

Azure DevTest Lab is a service that helps developers and testers to quickly create environments in Azure while minimizing waste and controlling cost. You can test latest version of your application by quickly provisioning Windows and Linux environments using reusable templates and artifacts. Easily integrate your deployment pipeline with DevTest Lab to provision on demand environments. Scale up your load testing by provisioning multiple test agents. Also, create pre-provisioned environments for training and demo.

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  1. Support auto-start from VM blade

    like Auto-Shutdown we also add Auto-Start scheduler......

    188 votes
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      38 comments  ·  Virtual Machines  ·  Flag idea as inappropriate…  ·  Admin →
    • Ability to move existing VM's to the TestLab

      Have the ability to move an existing VM to the DevTestLab. I have several vm's that my developers use and do not want to have to Re-Create all of these machines.

      128 votes
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        8 comments  ·  Virtual Machines  ·  Flag idea as inappropriate…  ·  Admin →
      • VM automatic shutdown after some idle time.

        Sometimes VM's are forgotten up and they are running idle. There should be possibility to define in Auto shutdown settings that "if these VM's are idle for x hours then shut down them."

        92 votes
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          9 comments  ·  Virtual Machines  ·  Flag idea as inappropriate…  ·  Admin →
        • Want ability to take and manage snapshots

          often when working in a lab environment / testing software , it saves a lot of time being able to take a snapshot / rollback to a good known point so that you don't have to start from scratch.

          62 votes
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            5 comments  ·  Virtual Machines  ·  Flag idea as inappropriate…  ·  Admin →
          • Gather all DevTest Lab VMs into a single Resource Group

            Every DTL VM is deployed to a new, dedicated Resource Group by default. Apparently this a hardcoded behavior, we don't have any options to select which resource group we want to deploy the VM into. It would be way better if we could deploy the DTL VMs into the Resource Group where the DTL is defined... or at least select the RG freely upon deployment.

            44 votes
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              5 comments  ·  Virtual Machines  ·  Flag idea as inappropriate…  ·  Admin →

              We’ve planned the work to create minimum number of resource groups for lab VMs (starting from a single resource group for multiple lab VMs, and expand to another resource group if the resource quota is hit). Does it solve your problem? Providing naming convention for the lab-generated resource group and other resources is also planned.

            • Expand shutdown options...

              Expand shutdown options...
              1. Have option for day of week shutdown instead of just the time each day. This way the machine could be turned off Friday evenings.
              2. Have an auto on option.
              This way vm machines may be powered down for times of inactivity, but turn on prior to team starting work to use it.
              3. Have the ability to delay the shutdown process by x time if the machine is currently in use.

              29 votes
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                0 comments  ·  Virtual Machines  ·  Flag idea as inappropriate…  ·  Admin →

                Thanks for your feedback. I have added the first ask to the backlog. I will update this post for further updates on the ETA.
                Currently we have auto start option for Lab VMs and we would be extending this functionality for compute VMs at some point. You can also provide an email address or webhook for receiving a shutdown notification that allows you to delay or skip the shutdown in case the your Lab VM is in use.

              • 27 votes
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                  2 comments  ·  Virtual Machines  ·  Flag idea as inappropriate…  ·  Admin →

                  Thanks for submitting the idea!
                  We are waiting on some dependencies before we can get started with this. The feature has been in our backlog without an ETA yet. for those who want to see this feature sooner, please vote for it.

                • Automatically deallocate VMs that may just be stopped.

                  Add a catchall for VMs that may be stopped, but not de-allocated, to be automatically de-allocated when the specified automatic shutdown time comes. Therefore, saving the end-user some dollars.

                  15 votes
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                    1 comment  ·  Virtual Machines  ·  Flag idea as inappropriate…  ·  Admin →
                  • Can you also provide shutdown and start-up options

                    Help users save money on VM's they aren't using, can you provide start-up option for VM's ?

                    12 votes
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                    • Auto Start in a simple way to execute!

                      An auto start make do necessity for more simple way in automation.
                      and don´t need hard development scripts to else do it.

                      12 votes
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                        3 comments  ·  Virtual Machines  ·  Flag idea as inappropriate…  ·  Admin →
                      • Ability to hide custom vhds from 'choose a base' list while creating VMs

                        As admin, I create formulas so that users can quickly create VMs with all settings mentioned in artifacts. But while creating VMs, as Formula and custom VHDs both are listed, it creates confusion and users often ends up selecting custom VHDs which sounds more familiar. Would it be possible to provide an option to list/show selected custom images VHDs [may be a check box as in the case of marketplace images].

                        Thanks,
                        Sachin

                        12 votes
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                          0 comments  ·  Virtual Machines  ·  Flag idea as inappropriate…  ·  Admin →

                          Thanks for submitting the idea! It’s currently in our backlog and prioritized with all the other features, so we don’t have an ETA at this point of time. For people who want to see this supported sooner, please don’t hesitate to give it a vote.

                        • Attach an existing disk not created in Lab

                          I copied VHD of a Data disk from a nother Lab in a different Locale (Azure Region) into the datadisks container, but it was not available as an existing disk I could attach to my Lab VM. I am attempting to clone a lab in East US to a Lab in West US. I can copy the images of the VM from one lab to another across regions, but right now I can't see how to clone the additional data drives from one lab to another.

                          11 votes
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                            2 comments  ·  Virtual Machines  ·  Flag idea as inappropriate…  ·  Admin →

                            Thanks for the feedback! Attaching an existing disk not created in the Labs is doable today through ARM templates. However, we understand the experience is not ideal and plan to get it better. I don’t have an ETA though, given it needs to be prioritized with all the other items in the backlog. If anyone wants to see this feature sooner, please don’t hesitate to add your vote. Thanks!

                          • Auto-Shutdown

                            The VM auto-shutdown feature would be more useful to me if I could indicate a time for it to start again.

                            10 votes
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                              1 comment  ·  Virtual Machines  ·  Flag idea as inappropriate…  ·  Admin →
                            • Auto Shutdown Should let us choose specific date and time

                              Auto Shutdown Should let us choose specific date and time

                              10 votes
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                              • shutdown-computevm resource does not have delete option

                                should have a way to clear the microsoft.devtestlab/schedules from the resource page when auto-shutdown of VM is disabled or no longer in use.

                                10 votes
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                                  9 comments  ·  Virtual Machines  ·  Flag idea as inappropriate…  ·  Admin →
                                • Switch premium storage to standard storage when machines are off by schedule

                                  We have lots of lab machines with multiple terabytes of storage. These machines run 12 hours a day. While they are off (deallocated) can we switch the disk to standard instead of premium?

                                  These would significantly reduce our costs for the machines that are on schedule. Premium disk on an off machine does not provide much value.

                                  https://docs.microsoft.com/en-us/azure/virtual-machines/windows/convert-disk-storage implies that we should be able to convert between disk types.

                                  8 votes
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                                  • VM startup/shutdown process dependecies

                                    I would like to have a option to tell VM Lab to start machines in a certain order and wiat before starting another machine in the chain before some other will be up and running. (chaining) same for shutdown process.

                                    8 votes
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                                      2 comments  ·  Virtual Machines  ·  Flag idea as inappropriate…  ·  Admin →
                                    • Set shutdown multiple times during a day

                                      I would like to schedule shutdown and start-up multiple times a day. Ideally I want a shutdown at 12:01 PM, 5:00 PM, 10:00 PM, 12:00 AM, 2:00 AM, and 4:00 AM. I don't want the servers running unless it is being used.

                                      7 votes
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                                        1 comment  ·  Virtual Machines  ·  Flag idea as inappropriate…  ·  Admin →

                                        Thanks for submitting the idea! Could you please help us to understand why you need auto-shutdown to be triggered so many times during a day? If someone needs to use the VM after the scheduled auto-shutdown time, DevTest Labs today allows you to set auto-shutdown notification, which allows users to delay the shutdown for an hour or two (and if so, then they will get another notification with options to delay). Does it work in your case?

                                      • Enforce autostart to VMs in Labs

                                        We can configure autostart for VMs globally from the configuration. However we have to enforce it individually. I would like to have an option to enforce it on all VMs (at least), or on a subset (eventually)

                                        6 votes
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                                        • Provide actionable error info upon VM create failures

                                          I created a new DevTestLab, but every time I try to add a VM it fails after a few minutes. The error information given is completely useless to me as a user/admin. There is no indication of what I should do differently.
                                          Here is what I get from the portal:

                                          Title

                                          Error while Creating Lab VM Dc02

                                          Description

                                          Lab VM Dc02 Created

                                          Status

                                          Error

                                          Timestamp

                                          Wed Dec 16 2015 11:35:55 GMT-0800 (Pacific Standard Time)

                                          Correlation IDs

                                          clientNotification-4455291d7f464a5cb5b180ce5738c31f0-27

                                          Extension Name

                                          Microsoft_Azure_Compute

                                          Asset Type

                                          VirtualMachine

                                          6 votes
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