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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. Can you please change the Auto-shutdown time to Scroll down Counter for Hours, AM and PM

    Change the shutdown number box to a Scroll down that has hours from 1 to 24 instead of typing

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  2. Custom advanced notice for auto-shutdown notification

    It looks like the only option for the auto-shutdown notification is the default 30mins. It would be great if I could adjust it (to say 2 hrs) so that I can get the notification during my workday when I'm still checking email.

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    0 comments  ·  DevTest Labs - Virtual Machines  ·  Flag idea as inappropriate…  ·  Admin →
  3. Please add VM auto-shutdown to AZ API.

    Currently, you can manually set up the auto shutdown schedule for a VM under Operations. And you can use Get-AzDtlAutoShutdownPolicy to get a devTest lab's shutdown policy.

    But there is no equivalent for a Virtual Machine to see or get/set a shutdown schedule.

    Interestingly enough, the feedback for the VM auto-shutdown form brought me to the azure-devtest-labs feedback area.

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  4. Open more ports for web server/programming/design related classes

    My partner is meeting many customers in education sectors, and many of them ask if Lab Services can open some ports more than those of RDP and SSH.

    My partner empathized that this is necessary in case of educational organizations that are teaching web server, web programming, and web design.

    Can you consider this if you think it does not breach the security of the service?

    2 votes

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  5. Don't send DevTestLabs shutdown notifications for production VM's

    We are receiving notifications with a subject line of "Alert—Auto-shutdown of virtual machine <machine name> in 30 minutes.

    The VM in question is, I am assured by our infrastructure team, in a production resource group, in a production subscription, with a production SLA.

    It does have an automatic shutdown configured by some mechanism, but I do not know the mechanism.

    Notifications from microsoft should not be stating that this is a notification from DevTest labs, since the VM is not in a DevTest Lab according to the infrastructure team.

    2 votes

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    1 comment  ·  DevTest Labs - Virtual Machines  ·  Flag idea as inappropriate…  ·  Admin →

    The auto shutdown for Azure Compute VMs can be disabled and is not something that needs to be enforced on the machine.
    If you are the owner of the VM and using it for a production scenario, you should be able to opt out of the shutdown schedule to ensure your VM will keep running. Do you own the VM you are talking about?

    The shutdown mechanism is provided by the DTL team, however the message should not say DevTest Labs unless the VM is in a lab. Can you confirm if your VM is in fact outside of a lab?

    If you are using a DTL VM, it is meant to be used for Dev and Test scenarios only and shutdown can be set at lab level by your lab owner and at lab VM level depending on the level of control you have on setting DTL VM level…

  6. Scheduling Auto-Shutdown

    The Auto-Shutdown schedule does not allow you to set the date. On Sept 19 at around 4:45pm ET I scheduled a VM to shutdown at 4:55pm ET. The server did not shutdown on Sept 19. Instead, the server ran another ~24 hours and shutdown on Sept 20 at 4:55pm ET.

    Would be nice if the Auto-Shutdown feature has an option to select the date, or if you cannot select date then the shutdown should occur the same day (assuming you pick a future time).

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  7. allow multi-system configuration in Azure Lab Services

    It would be great to have a few machines deployed for each user so that they could have a complete environment with multiple services (DC, SystemCenter, SQL, Desktop, etc).

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  8. Ability to directly change VM ownership

    Please add a direct way to change ownership of DevTest Lab VMs. The only supported way for now is unclaiming it first, then claiming it by another user. It's possible for other users to intercept VMs in unclaimed state.

    We need this feature because we automate creating VMs in DevTest Labs shared by users using service principal. In the final step of the autonation, we have to change the ownership from the service principal to a designated user.

    2 votes

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  9. In addition to using a Personal Access token (PAT), allow private artifact repo access using an identity provider e.g., AAD

    The current model where an individual has to set up a personal access token to allow access to a private artifact repository works reasonably well.

    However, as soon as the person who initially set up the access leaves the team or otherwise the team forgets how to set up this link, we find that we have to contact support and they have to remind us that we have to provide a new PAT for use when an artifact disappears

    While we can have long-lived PATs up to two years in Azure DevOps, this isn't really a permanent solution because it…

    2 votes

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    0 comments  ·  DevTest Labs - Artifacts  ·  Flag idea as inappropriate…  ·  Admin →

    Thanks for your feedback.

    We are currently investigating on ways to support MSI (Managed Service Identities) in Labs.
    With a user defined MSI you bring to the lab, lab can use it while applying artifacts on VMs (ex. fetch a password for the domain join artifact)

    Please share any feedback you have to help us make the feature better.

  10. Please add Classroom Labs to MAG

    We have DoD customers who train DoD members world wide from E-1 to GS15, and would greatly benefit from this service as they migrate from on-prem to Azure with Classroom Labs.

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  11. Features missing in Azure Lab services (Instruction / User automation creation API)

    Hello ,

    Comparing with Lab on Demand or even with Exillio we found following features which are missing from Azure Lab Services:

    1) Provide API to create users for Azure Lab services

    Manual upload of CSV seem cumbersome with 200,000 users.

    2) Instruction should be shown in Side windows

    Same like Microsoft Hands on Labs
    https://www.microsoft.com/handsonlabs/selfpacedlabs

    2 votes

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  12. automatic start and shut down during the weekend

    different time for automatic start and shut down during the weekend

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  13. Artifact reordering in formula

    Implement a way to drag and drop or simply reorder artifacts when applying a list of them or when applying a new artifact but it needs to be added earlier in the artifact list. Rather than deleting all of the artifacts and recreating them have the ability to reorder or drop in place.

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  14. Artifacts installation

    Why does it take too long to install artifacts from your public artifacts repo? Is this a consequence of the VM size I created?

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  15. Option for auto-shutdown to be trigger only once.

    Auto-shutdown is recurring. Would be nice to have an option to triggered it only once. Otherwise, every time we re-start the VM, we have to remember to disable the auto-shutdown.

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  17. 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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  18. 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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  19. 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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  20. Replication of managed images

    Replication of managed images across region is not possible. Currently if have to make a copy of my custom image from region A to region B.
    I have to first download a .vhd file, then move it to another region and then create a custom image there. This is a lengthy, time consuming and tedious process. Why not provide a replication option where I can choose what to replicate, when to replicate and in which DTL to replicate.

    It will be extremely helpful.

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