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.

Visit the Azure Lab Services page to learn more.

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  1. Transfer VHD as part of ARM Template

    Would it be possible to add the ability to transfer a VHD to the uploads folder as part of the ARM template. Ie. Specify a URI to a VHD in another storage account to transfer over.

    Otherwise I nee to deploy 1 ARM template to create the lab, execute some powershell to transfer a VHD, then deploy another ARM template to create a custom image from the uploaded VHD.

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    Thanks for the feedback, Jacob! We are planning to simplify your work to create custom images from an external VHD, and we are in progress to come up with a solution for that. One of the ideas is to provide a PowerShell scripts that will copy the VHD and deploy an ARM template coming with it all at once, so the only thing you need to do is to run the PowerShell by passing some parameter values (e.g. URI to the VHD, etc.). Does it work with you? For your particular request, we will investigate and see how ARM template in general supports this kind of action. Thanks!

  2. Allow for greater variety of auto-shutdown schedules

    Allow for greater variety of auto-shutdown schedules

    E.g.:
    - multiple times per day;
    - various days in the week;
    - weekends;
    - recurring dates;
    - one-time; etc.

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  3. Be able to download list of users

    I really like the new classroom labs. One feature I would like is to be able to not only upload a list of users but also be able to download the list of users after a class have completed.

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  4. Windows Server 2019

    When can we expect to see Windows Server 2019 images available?

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  6. choose from standard SSD and premium SSD choice in devtest lab

    when it would be possible to choose from the standard SSD and the premium SSD when we build a new VM in the des test lab? THANKS

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  7. Allow the Lab Services user-friendly interface to also be used for DevTest Labs

    Azure Lab Services provides a bespoke user-friendly portal to provision lab resources @ https://labs.azure.com/ . Can we have the option to present existing DevTest Labs resources to end-users using the same interface? We need the customisation that DevTest Labs allows us, but would like to reduce the scope of what the end-user sees "under the hood"

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  8. Notification email on the DevTest Lab virtual machine expiration date

    As a administrator along with the announcement can we have expiration emails to be sent to users from the azure portal.

    This will help us in reminding the machine owners to extend the expiration date incase of project date extension

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  9. Ability to run artifacts on VM deletion

    I would like the ability to define artifacts and/or powershell to run when a VM is deleted from the lab. One use could be removing the VM machine from a directory.

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  10. Allow creating an image in DevTest Labs or a snapshot that can be rolled back to.

    We are using DevTest Labs for training and being able to create an image or snapshot after we get through installing .NET and IIS that would save time across each other machine. Having the opportunity to roll back a test environment to a clean state would be very helpful. From what I gather you would have to delete the image and recreate a new VM today?

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  11. auto shutdown phone notification

    send a notification to an app on your phone. good feature for devs who use vms on the cloud to develop

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  12. Add lock to VM Resource Groups to prevent deletion

    When VMs are created in a DevTest lab, new resource groups are created for them. Those RG have the VM, Network Interface, Load Balancer, Avail. Set.

    You should add locks to those RG to prevent deletion.

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  13. 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.

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  14. filter custom images

    I have a bunch of custom images in my lab. I want to filter the list. Many (most?) other Azure blades have this functionality. Should be standard behavior...

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  15. Opt-in / Opt out enforcement of shutdown

    Enforce certain policies, but allow users to opt out of others. User working on demos with customers may want to opt out of a shutdown based on idle time (open idea currently), but we want to enforce a shutdown at 7pm on Fridays. They should not be able to override the weekly shutdown. This may vary based on DevTestLab.

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  16. 'My Labs' Dashboard cards should display more information

    The dashboard cards in labs only contains minimum information on the e.g.

    LAB-TITLE
    lab description
    Max virtual machine count: 52
    Quota per user: 0 hours (Schedule only)

    it does not even list the Lab Creator anywhere!
    it really needs to be better especially when end users have multiple labs from different creators, schedules etc.

    It would be nice if the cards in the dashboard listed:
    The Lab creator - fetched from Graph with user image and mail address.
    The name of image in use, possibly an image logo
    The actual schedule (if configured)
    custom support link

    The count of registered…

    3 votes
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  17. Give Warning to Users About Shutdown

    Currently, when a shutdown is initiated in the schedule, it force quits all programs and shuts down the machine without any notice to the user. This abrupt of a shutdown could result in a loss of work if the user is active at the time of the scheduled shutdown. Please provide an option when scheduling a shutdown to give notice to the user (see attached for an example). This can be achieved with the simple command: shutdown /s /t 300

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  18. Azure Bastion: DevTest Labs support

    DevTest Labs users should have an option to use Azure Bastion to connect their VM when clicking "Connect" in DevTest Labs VM blade in Azure Portal.

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  19. Multiple Auto-Shutdown Times for each VMs

    Be able to implement multiple auto-shutdown times for each VMs through the portal.

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  20. RDP Gateway Server

    I need the ability to easily set up a lab with an RDP gateway server. I want to use labs in a classroom setting, but all but the primary ports (i.e. http, https, etc) are blocked by my IT department so there's no way to connect to the VMs. Being able to connect through an HTML5 client would also be beneficial.

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