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. Configure RDP file settings at lab or VM level

    We need the ability at the lab and maybe even VM level to be able to configure what is in the RDP file that is downloaded. We do use the RDP gateway in the lab and it is creating the RDP file but we also want to configure it so that we can add\update settings such as "audiocapturemode", etc. Right now our developers have to modify the RDP file as some of them turn on monitor spanning, audio capture mode, etc. I would like to configure it at the lab level and allow individual developers to update it at the…

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  2. Ability to disable or hide [Connect] button if [Browser connect] is enabled by Bastion integration

    We have both [Connect] and [Browser connect] button for VMs if we configure DevTest Labs integrated with Azure Bastion. (Public Preview right now.) It would be great if we could disable or hide [Connect] button for specific users when DevTest Labs owner wants users to connect VMs only from [Browser connect].


    • To create custom role without '.../getRdpFileContents/action' and assign users doesn't help because users have Owner permission to VMs after they claim.

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  3. Support for Spot VMs

    Provide support for the more cost-efficient Spot VMs.
    Also brings it on par with VM creation process/capabilities in Azure portal/CLI.

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  4. Allow ability to Rename labs

    Once you deploy a lab there is no way to change the name of the lab under "My Labs" at https://labs.azure.com. You can drill into the lab and change the title but not this name.

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  5. Make Feedback link for new users go somewhere other than here!

    First use of Azure, got a new VM, it suggests I set up "auto-shutoff", when I try to do, but the save button is grayed out, and when I try to leave page, it suggests I'll lose my edits.
    So, I click the "Feedback" link, which brings me to this "Lab Services" forum, where everyone I see with the same question is barked at to file a support request. I just want to know why "Save" is grayed out. I've used web pages before where once you make a change, the "Save" button appears or changes color. Azure doesn't do…

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  6. Make template VM directly accessible in Azure portal

    The template VM should be accessible like a regular VM via the Azure Portal. I got into a situation after configuring the firewall where the RDP port was blocked and could no longer access it. Support could not resolve it either. This would alleviate that by allowing normal Azure recovery methods.

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

    like Auto-Shutdown we also add Auto-Start scheduler

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  8. Auto Start and Auto ShutDown Options

    1] Considering we are creating VM in Labs say 20 VMs with 2 group accessing 10 VMS each but they want Specific VMs on Specific Date and Time to Be Auto-Start and Auto-Shutdown which were cost effective and time effective option as Lab Admin once he set this schedule he is not required to check Portal to Shutdonw on those days where VM arenot required to be in running State.As currently i have to manage those manually.
    2]Also Similar to Auto Shutdown Notification there is need to have same Functionality in Auto Start Notification so if i am required to…

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  9. Enable Tagging to either be applied via Policy or inherited from the Lab Account

    We have to apply Tags to resources so we can charge schools for Azure usage. We use Policies on Resource Groups to Tag resources automatically on creation.
    The Lab Account has it Tags created correctly on creation - however, any Labs created within the account do not have tags applied. (The back-end is probably not in the resource group)

    Can Labs created in a Lab Account obey any polices as if they are also in the resource group - or can they have the option to inherit the tags of the Lab Account they belong to.

    We cannot use this…

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  10. Speed up user lab VM reset by assigning an unassigned VM from the pool

    When you reset a VM assigned to a user, it will delete the existing VM, create a new VM and then assign it to the user.

    If there are unassigned VMs in the pool, please assign one of these to the user so that they can get back on immediately. There should be no need to wait for an additional VM to be added into the pool before it is assigned to a user.

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  11. Define Up Time Range

    VMs at this point allow only Daily Shutdown time. You should allow an UP Time range also. Helps keep a running schedule with weekends Shutdown etc. or allow a day wise schedule. Reduces the logistics.

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  12. More options of virtual machine size and access other port

    Are there any plans to add more options of virtual machine size same as the options of the DevTest Labs, we feel it too high specifications for a Linux terminal.

    Currently, the small size is 2 cores, 3.5GB RAM and cost of USD 0.20/hr. If there will be lesser specifications which also lower the cost. The current setup of Lab Services assumes that you're using GUI or particularly on Windows.

    Hope there is an option to tunnel a specific port(s) not just ssh and rdp. If we make web services (80,443) that too can be accessible to that option. Another…

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  13. Accessing one lab pc by multiple users

    Is there any way to handle one PC by multiple people or managing one project in one machine by multiple people?

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  14. How to prepare a practicing ethical hacking lab

    How to prepare an idol hacking environment for practicing ethical hacking.

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  15. Build network lab in Azure lab service

    I want The virtual lab should include additional features such virtual switches, firewalls and GNS3 simulators to facilitate topology architecture (Network Infrastructure). How to build these up?

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  16. Restrict Lab Access

    How to prepare a scheduler so that the students can't access the lab out of his scheduled time. How to restrict the user entry automatically.

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  17. Notification for lab timing

    If we set any schedule for any lab what is the process of enabling the notification before time is up

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  18. Is instructor view possible

    Any way to share my view with other user or instructor or possible to arrange remote access

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  19. How to build new machine image from existing imagge

    We want copy Lab image or copy particular machine so that we can use that image to build new machine or lab

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