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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. Attach an existing resource group to a DevTest Lab

    We have existing resource groups with test environments. We would like to add them to a DevTest lab so that they are managed by the DevTest policies.

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  2. 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 ?

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  3. Provide the ability to customise the Classroom Labs user Portal

    It would be great to be able to customise the User portal for the Classroom labs, maybe per classroom lab basis, where we can establish a nice workshop title banner, do custom branding etc.

    12 votes
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  4. Ability to use shared image gallery in Formula

    We need the ability to be able to use a shared image as a base in a formula. Currently we can build a VM from a shared image within the devtestlab but shared image gallery images do not show up as a image you can use in a formula.

    11 votes
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  5. 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.

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  6. Make Azure Backup targets available for dev lab templates

    One of our most popular requirements for lab environments is the cloning of VM's from a production environment into a segregated self service lab environment. Dev Labs seems to be a good contender for this but the admin steps to convert a production Azure VM into a Dev Labs VM is a little awkward currently.

    Each night I backup my production VMs with the Azure Backup service, it would be great if these backed up VM's can be used as template images within dev-labs.

    Currently to achieve this I would have to restore the VM's to a staging VNET/Storage Account,…

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  7. Enable artifacts to provide link to documentation

    There is a need for artifacts to provide links to documentation to simplify artifact use.

    Several artifacts require you to input information that might not be immediately known at first glance, such as what exact string is required for software packages, or the formatting of a certain field.

    If the artifact creator could provide a link to where the user can find additional information on how to use the artifact then it would lower the learning threshold and speed up first time use of DevTest Labs.

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  8. 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.

    9 votes
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  9. ServiceNow Integration

    Integrate DevTest Labs with ServiceNow to facilitate requesting a lab and lab resources without exposing the Azure Portal to end users. Currently all features are exposed on the Azure Portal instead of only the features available for the lab user. Prefer to not expose the Azure Portal to end users.

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  10. 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.

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    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?

  11. Create a Resource Group and then use the portal to add services to the DevTest Lab

    At present VMs are created within the DevTest lab section of the portal. When a new DevTest Lab is created it could just create a Resource Group. Services could then be added via the rest of the portal, outside of DevTest Labs in the usual way. This avoids reinventing the wheel inside DevTest Labs and also provides a higher level of customisation for features such as Virtual Networks.

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    When a new DevTest Lab is created, it does create a resource group consists of a Lab resource, a storage account and a virtual network. VM creation needs to happen within the Lab though, while it also creates a separate resource group just for the VM. Is it something mentioned here that you want to create VM (as “services”) from the normal VM creation flow in Azure outside of the Lab but the Lab somehow can recognize it, or are you asking for a different thing? If it’s the former, what’s the downside in your opinion that you’d prefer to do that outside of the Lab? I appreciate any clarification. Thanks!

  12. 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.

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  13. shutdown vms when spending limit is reached in devTest-Environment

    shutdown vms when spending limit is reached in devTest-Environment

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  14. Clone VM when creating a custom VHD image

    When taking a VHD image, have the option to create an exact copy so you don't make your master image unusable when sysprep'd.

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  15. 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.

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  16. specify week days of server auto-shutdown

    On auto-shutdown page we can specify the time. I would like to specify on which days of the weeks too.

    7 votes
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  17. 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…

    7 votes
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  18. 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)

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  19. Once you created a Custom Image, the base image is worthless. Please add a "Delete base image" checkbox to image can be deleted.

    Once you created a Custom Image, the base image is pretty worthless and would in most cases be deleted.
    It would be nice with a checkbox "Delete base image when finished creating custom image" to the blade

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  20. Temporarily disable autoshutdown.

    I love the feature, but sometimes, I want to run a calculation that might last for a few days. I'd love to be able to configure something like "turn off autoshutdown for 48 hours"
    As opposed to turning it off, then putting a few calendar events in my phone to remind me to go turn it back on again.

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