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  1. Overview 'My virtual machines' has a scrollbar for both column values and column titles

    In the overview tab, 'My virtual machines' has a scroll bar for both the columns titles and column values.

    I believe this wasn't intended and isn't often seen. Typically they move together so you can more easily associate values with titles/labels.

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  2. Support auto shutdown by resource group

    Support auto shutdown by resource group instead of setting it per VM. I hope we can do it per RG to speed up and streamline.

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  3. I'd like to be able to extend/add disks in Labs Services (Not DevLabs)l

    I'd like to be able to extend/add disks in Labs Services (Not DevLabs)

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  4. There is no obvious option for starting VMs automatically at a set time each day, yet there is an option for automatically stopping them.

    There is no obvious option for starting VMs automatically at a set time each day, yet there is an option for automatically stopping them.

    I clicked on the feedback link on the automatic shut down page for a VM, on the Azure portal to get to this page. I don't know why I was sent to a "lab services" page. It seems this feedback link sends users to the wrong place.

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    You have reached the right forum. We recently renamed the forum to lab services, however you can find DevTest Labs category on the right hand side pane.

    For the feedback, can you please share what you mean by obvious?
    In Labs, you have an option to set auto shutdown for your VM for a specific time of the day everyday.
    For auto start, you can opt in to the lab auto start schedule and the setting of the schedule is taken care of for you by your lab owner.

    Would you like the ability to set a time yourself? If so, can you help understand the scenario for the same?

  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.

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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. Time Format for Auto-Shutdown on Portal

    The format or way of selecting time on the Portal needs to be improved.

    E.g.
    allow 24hr clock option
    schedule up and down times across a given week start/stop
    (date selection covered in a different posted idea)

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  7. Allow DevTest Lab owners to connect to read-only shared image galleries

    Currently a DevTest Lab owner needs to have contributor level access to a shared image gallery in order to have it listed as available for connection to the lab. This may have been with the thought that a lab owner would create the lab's images, but in many cases someone else will provide standard images. Allow galleries to appear for connection to the lab if the lab owner has Reader access to the gallery.

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  8. Support auto-shutdown that does a deallocate as well

    Auto-shutdown is great, but I'd like it to deallocate as well, so I don't get charged. That's my primary reason for wanting auto-shutdown, so I don't get charged for a playground VM twiddling its thumbs overnight.

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  9. 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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  10. Setting to automatically stop an automation runbook if it runs for more than 'x' minutes

    Setting to automatically stop an automation runbook if it runs for more than 'x' minutes.

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  11. The virtual machine shuts randomly and sucks... not stable at all

    You really have to take a look to virtual machines on azure... not reliable at all. Machine shuts down randomly with no reason and when reboot, the port 80 will not be accessible for a while before restart working...

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  12. autoshutdown manual default value

    Oftentimes admin has same single or few needs of values for autoshutdown TZ and hour.
    Would be nice to have be able to set default value in webUI (or use saved user profiles if you plan to add more flexibility and choices to that option)

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  13. 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.

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  14. Lab/user policy to deny claiming/unclaiming VMs

    Please add the ability to completely disable claimable VMs in DevTest Labs. The feature is abused to generate tons of unclaimed VMs in the lab under VMs-per-user policy.

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  16. Have an option to adjust notification time before auto-shutdown

    Right now, automatically, the notification time before auto-shutdown is 30 minutes (unless it can be specified somewhere else and I haven't found it). It would be nice to be able to adjust it to something like 60 minutes. This would be nice if we could control this for each VM.

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  17. 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…

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    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.

  18. Progress meter for Dev Test Lab creation

    Creating VM's by nature can be slow, seeing progress or maybe diagnostic logs would help elevate frustration when spinning up this product.

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  19. Azure Dev Test Labs new VM azure hybrid option while using Microsoft base images.

    If possible can we include an option to choose Azure Hybrid option while creating VM's in the Dev Test Lab using Microsoft base images so that we can use BYOL.

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  20. The option to suspend auto shutdown for a few hours

    It would be a very nice feature to suspend the auto shutdown for a few hours. I.e. when you are working late or have a long running process that you expect to finish a few hours after the auto shutdown time.

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