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  1. 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.

    6 votes

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  2. Allow devtestlab resource types in private repo templates

    Currently only non devtest labs resource types are supported in creating resources in environments via private repo based around templates as bases... But we may need a scenario where we create a custom image after the vm is sys prepped in devtest labs and create resources based on that image.

    6 votes

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  3. 6 votes

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  4. host

    Access entire lab via public FQDN.
    Be able to have a public hostname (rds.contoso.com) where you RDP to and it automatically drops you into a claimable VM in the lab pool.

    6 votes

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  5. show vm cost on Allowed virtual machine sizes page

    I would be perfect if vm cost can be optioned to show when choosing VM size on Allowed virtual machine sizes blade under Azure DTL policy.

    6 votes

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  6. Sort the list of custom images

    I have a bunch of custom images in my lab. i want to be able to sort them so that i can see them in a particular order - the order i want, not the order you want.

    Also i want additional fields. For instance, created date or last VM created date.

    6 votes

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  7. 6 votes

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  8. ability to hide repository information

    We need to share our labs and artifacts with many users outside of our team and also sometimes with external customers.
    As the repository is private and hosted on internal servers, for security reasons we would like ability to hide the repository source information for all the users. It would be nice if
    1. Go to repository option [click 3 dots against your repository] can be disabled.
    2. Ability to disable the click on selected repositories can be provided, so user cannot see repository details in configuration.

    Thanks,
    Sachin

    6 votes

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    Thanks for your suggestion! There are some ways to solve these problems today: 1) for “go to repository” menu item from the three dots, you can control the permission at the repository level (i.e. don’t give users read permission to your repo), so that even if users click that item, they will get access deny when trying to access the repo. 2) to disallow users to see repo details, you can create a custom role and remove the read permission to the repo details from the built-in DevTest Labs User role. Do these solutions work with you? If not, could you explain the reason so that we can design the right solution for you?

  9. Anti-malware installation

    It would be great if, as part of provisioning a new VM, you could specify that Microsoft Anti-Malware (or other products) is to be installed as well. Current work-around is to push it out afterwards from Security Center but this allows for a little too much human error

    6 votes

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  10. Include version number used from Shared Image Gallery in the UI

    Posted on behalf of SimonG-2988:
    https://docs.microsoft.com/en-us/answers/questions/76577/index.html

    "The fact that using labs and lab formulas, we can now link to a shared image gallery image is fantastic. But the GUI simply reports that the VM base is the gallery image name - how do we know which version of the image was used (latest or 1.0.3, 1.0.4 etc.)? The GUI is now a little lacking in info. Before, when we had to spin up a VM and turn it into a custom lab image version, the base was reported as the custom image name (which included our image version). Please can…

    5 votes

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  11. Assign multiple VMs to a student with their own vnet so they can create a network

    We have an in house lab experience where we can assign multiple windows/Linux VMs to students, these all come with a public IP and part of a Vnet so they can create their own network and test client/server applications between them

    5 votes

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  12. Auto-shutdown is basically useless without auto-startup!

    Adding auto-shutdown to production VMs could be interesting if there was an auto-startup! Pretty incredible to have to say it, really.

    5 votes

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  13. Option to auto shutdown VM when no user is active for X minutes

    While the auto shutdown on a daily basis is great, if I haven't been logged in for an hour it would be nice if the machine would shut down automatically. This is especially true as I am experimenting with developing using an Azure VM

    5 votes

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  14. Weekend Auto-shutdown feature

    Weekend Auto-shutdown feature

    5 votes

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  15. Introducing VM to auto-shutdown if it is inactive for a number of hours(time)

    introducing VM to auto-shutdown if it is inactive for a number of hours(time)

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  16. Restrict users to DevTest Labs

    How can I restrict ALL users to only see the DevTest Labs resources in the Azure portal, i.e. nothing else? My users keep on going into the Resource Groups created by DevTest for the VM's and trying to start their VM's which of course is not allowed, then create a helpdesk ticket because of that, you can imagine how frustrating that is... and it confuses the users to see all other resources deployed in the subscription.

    5 votes

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    Thanks for your feedback. We have this on our backlog; however we don’t have a specific timeline for this yet. For now we advise on training lab users and sharing tips on pinning labs to your Azure dashboard so that they can stay within the context of the lab.

  17. 5 votes

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  18. 5 votes

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  19. Azure Backup Vault migration from a subscription to another

    Azure Backup Vault migration from a subscription to another

    5 votes

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  20. Suspend as alternative to shutdown

    I wish it were possible to save the state of the virtual machine so I can continue were I left off with all windows open, half-completed processes still there etc. Similar to how one can close the lid on a laptop rather than shutting it off.

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