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. It would be nice to be able to have a VM shutdown on a specific date

    It would be nice to be able to have a VM shutdown on a specific date

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    • Upload and Run a Powershell script

      Instead of having to upload a powershell script to a remote server, it would be nice if we could upload it through the Azure portal, especially if it contains sensitive data.

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      • Allow the Lab Services user-friendly interface to also be used for DevTest Labs

        Azure Lab Services provides a bespoke user-friendly portal to provision lab resources @ https://labs.azure.com/ . Can we have the option to present existing DevTest Labs resources to end-users using the same interface? We need the customisation that DevTest Labs allows us, but would like to reduce the scope of what the end-user sees "under the hood"

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        • Restrictions on the number of VMs should apply to VMs within Environments

          Environments deployed within DevTest Labs from ARM templates held in a repository do not seem to be restricted by the "Virtual machines per user" or "Virtual machines per lab" settings.

          This means that in labs with environment templates containing VMs, users can deploy as many VMs as they wish, even if number of VM restrictions are set on the lab.
          These restriction settings should apply to VMs within Environments too.

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          • ET shows wrong time zone in summer time

            Eastern Time should be UTC -04:00, not -05:00 on September. It is -05:00 only on November – March. But in the selection of time zone it always shows “UTC -05:00 Eastern Time (US & Canada)”.

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            • Allow to modify 'internal support website' content

              Could you please provide allow to modify from PowerShell or ARM template content of 'internal support website?

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              • Set subnet policy using powershell

                We start deploying DevTest LAB for univerties.
                We have 1 project with 150 LABs so we are about to deploy all the LABs using Powershell but we are not able to configure the subnet policy using powershell :
                - Used for VM creation
                - Activate shared public IP address
                - Activate public IP address creation

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                  0 comments  ·  Policy  ·  Flag idea as inappropriate…  ·  Admin →
                • Can we have function like Windows Task Scheduler for Auto-shutdown and Auto-start?

                  If we have this function, we can configure for any day and time.

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                    0 comments  ·  Virtual Machines  ·  Flag idea as inappropriate…  ·  Admin →
                  • Permissions Depend on how one gets to a VM

                    If I go from the home page directly to my VM, then I'm unable to start or stop it, because I lack permissions. If I go from the home page, to the VC DevTest Lab Resource Group, to my VM, I have the permission to start and stop it. This is not a thing that's only true for me, it's also true for other people on my team.

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                    • Add formula property to ARM tempalte

                      After generating an ARM template by using the Azure Portal, through the selection of a formula, I find that the ARM template isn't referencing the formula but the list of artifacts instead.
                      This means that if my Lab owner changes the formula, the ARM template is obsolete and no longer generated up-to-date lab VMs when the ARM template is used.
                      Rather than having a list of artifacts and a property for the custom image, I'd like to reference the formula directly. Hence, it would be the provider's responsibility to create the VM according to the formula, rather than having to…

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                        1 comment  ·  Templates  ·  Flag idea as inappropriate…  ·  Admin →
                      • Allow mandatory artifacts with parameters set by lab admins

                        The new feature to have mandatory artifacts is great, but doesn't allow artifacts which require parameters, to keep the process simple.

                        It would be good if we could enable mandatory artifacts which do use parameters, provided the parameters have already been provided by the lab admins. This gives greater flexibility on the mandatory artifacts we can set up, but still keeps the VM creation process simple for the user.

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                        • support moving a VM from one resource group to another with shutdown schedule intact

                          currently if you want to move a vm from one RG to another it can't have the shutdown schedule (plan) as they are not movable.
                          Solution: make the plan movable too.

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                          • Do not auto shut down if a user is logged into the machine

                            This is very frustrating. I've lost work on several occasions as a result of this.

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                              0 comments  ·  Virtual Machines  ·  Flag idea as inappropriate…  ·  Admin →
                            • Allow tag inheritance on resources from a formula when deployed

                              Formula created in a DTL via ARM template should allow Tags to be defined in it - from that it would allow tag inheritance on resources from that formula is deployed

                              I.e Formula called "QAbox" Tagged with "Department : QA" Whenever that formula is deployed the resources should be tagged appropriately.

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                              • cloud-init support in ARM template

                                Please add support for feeding Linux VM's cloud-init with customData using Microsoft.DevTestLab/labs/virtualmachines template, just as seen in an osProfile object in Microsoft.Compute/virtualMachines template.

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                                • Notification email on the DevTest Lab virtual machine expiration date

                                  As a administrator along with the announcement can we have expiration emails to be sent to users from the azure portal.

                                  This will help us in reminding the machine owners to extend the expiration date incase of project date extension

                                  2 votes
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                                  • Postpone expiration date for individual VMs if needed

                                    New users are in training for 2 weeks, but a few of them have some issue that forces them to be absent for a bit and they can't make up the time until after the machine's expiration date.

                                    It would be nice to be able to Get-AzureRMDTLExpirationDate or something, assign that to a variable with a little .AddDays() action, and pass the new one into a Set-AzureRMDTLExpirationDate.

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                                    • Add ability to get list of DevTest Labs in Powershell

                                      It would be nice to be able to Get-AzureRMDTL to get a list of all labs in a subscription.

                                      3 votes
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                                      • An easy to use pause or sleep function so I don't get charged for service at night and wake up in the morning.

                                        An easy to use pause or sleep function so I don't get charged for service at night and wake up in the morning.

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                                        • Support network override when copying machine between labs

                                          I'm migrating users from a DevTest Lab in one subscription to another subscription with a change in network topology.

                                          The first lab provides connections through a public ip address, load balancer and NAT to the lab machines. The second lab connects to a private subnet and connections are through a firewall and jump server.

                                          The new Import procedure fails because there isn't a shared ip address in the destination lab. Could the import process accomodate moving a vm and placing it on to associated lab network even if the configuration is different?

                                          The error returned is:

                                          NoMatchingSubnetFoundWithSharedIpAllowed : No matching…

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