Lab Services

Azure Lab Services is a service that enables you to easily set up and provide on-demand access to various systems and software for any workload: teaching a class, setting up a development or test environment, or running trials with customers. Manage and scale your group’s resources in lab environments, while minimizing waste and controlling cost. Choose between the two lab types, classroom lab or devtest lab, for an experience that is tailored to your scenario.

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  1. Ability to restore VM's to original state post creation

    At present we can create snapshots of the VM's however no further use unless we create VHD's and then manually re-create VM again which require much more efforts. Instead please add some functionality to store the VM states where the restore of VM to the point saved can be completed. For example system restore function is used to restore the system state in this case VM with data should be stored or saved to restore to the restore points instead of just system or OS data.

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      1 comment  ·  DevTest Labs - Virtual Machines  ·  Flag idea as inappropriate…  ·  Admin →
    • Way to change auto-shutdown settings programmatically per-instance (rather than lab wide)

      Currently you can set the auto-shutdown settings on a lab-wide basis either manually or in an ARM template that creates a DevTest Labs instance. However, when you create environments using an ARM template base which creates multiple VM's, they all have the auto-shutdown settings of the DevTest Lab.

      If the Lab policy allows the user to change the Auto-Shutdown settings, then you can manually change them on a per-VM basis through the UI, but there doesn't appear to be a way of changing those settings programmatically (either in the ARM template that creates the environment or through PowerShell after creation).

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        0 comments  ·  DevTest Labs - ARM Environments  ·  Flag idea as inappropriate…  ·  Admin →
      • Way to change auto-shutdown settings programmatically per-instance (rather than lab wide)

        Currently you can set the auto-shutdown settings on a lab-wide basis either manually or in an ARM template that creates a DevTest Labs instance. However, when you create environments using an ARM template base which creates multiple VM's, they all have the auto-shutdown settings of the DevTest Lab.

        If the Lab policy allows the user to change the Auto-Shutdown settings, then you can manually change them on a per-VM basis through the UI, but there doesn't appear to be a way of changing those settings programmatically (either in the ARM template that creates the environment or through PowerShell after creation).

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        • would be nice to get a "power this machine now" - link, with notification mail. to allow for it to shut down and have a handy up link.

          would be nice to get a "power this machine now" - link, with notification mail. to allow for it to shut down and have a handy up link.

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          • Is there is possibility to define create a pool of Auto shutdown VM's and set shut down if idle, but start when load exceed 50%

            Is there is possibility to define create a pool of Auto shutdown VM's and set shut down if idle, but start VM when load exceeds on any server in pool by 50-60%

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            • RDP Gateway Server

              I need the ability to easily set up a lab with an RDP gateway server. I want to use labs in a classroom setting, but all but the primary ports (i.e. http, https, etc) are blocked by my IT department so there's no way to connect to the VMs. Being able to connect through an HTML5 client would also be beneficial.

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                • Allow for greater variety of auto-shutdown schedules

                  Allow for greater variety of auto-shutdown schedules

                  E.g.:
                  - multiple times per day;
                  - various days in the week;
                  - weekends;
                  - recurring dates;
                  - one-time; etc.

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                  • Give permissions to Manage Resource Groups Created by VMs in DevTest Lab

                    When Creating a VM in Dev Test Labs they are created in new Resource Groups. Since Resource Groups can not contained within each other, they are created "parallel" to the Resoruce Group the DevTest Lab is contained in.

                    The newly created Resoruce Groups should automatically have the same Users with the same Roles assigned to them, so i can manage and configure the RBAC on one Resource Group containing the DevTest Lab.

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                    • automatic start and shut down during the weekend

                      different time for automatic start and shut down during the weekend

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                      • Be able to download list of users

                        I really like the new classroom labs. One feature I would like is to be able to not only upload a list of users but also be able to download the list of users after a class have completed.

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                        • Windows Server 2019

                          When can we expect to see Windows Server 2019 images available?

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                            need-feedback  ·  1 comment  ·  Classroom Labs  ·  Flag idea as inappropriate…  ·  Admin →
                          • Bug found in Azure Pipelines Agent - DevTest Labs

                            To reproduce, create a new Windows 10 VM in DevTest Labs with an ampersand (&) in the password.

                            Add the Azure Pipelines Agent to configure an agent in Azure DevOps.

                            Enter details in the artifact configuration pane, and specify the VM user/password for logon. Use the saved secret option.

                            Notice that the pipeline agent fails with the following message:
                            Testing agent connection.
                            2019-01-24 14:36:46Z: Settings Saved.
                            ERROR: Invalid windows credentials entered. Try again or ctrl-c to quit

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                              0 comments  ·  DevTest Labs - Virtual Machines  ·  Flag idea as inappropriate…  ·  Admin →
                            • Use existing reserved public IP address on VM creation

                              We have firewall policies on our local corporate network to prevent SSH and RDP access to external IP addresses. To access VMs created in Azure we use reserved IP address and create firewall exclusions on specific ports. We don't want to be creating firewall exclusions for every new VM (paperwork!).

                              1. We would like to be able to select from a list of reserved IP addresses on VM creation in DevTestLabs.
                              2. An alternative is to select an existing load balancer which already has the reserved IP bound to it as the public IP. NAT rules could then be used…

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                              • Artifact Dependencies

                                Allow artifacts to define dependencies of other artifacts. Example: Have a artifact that uses node.js, would like to be able to require Node.js artifact has been successfully run.

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