Azure Government

Azure Government is a trusted, hyper-scale cloud ready for mission workloads. If you are a US federal, state, local, or tribal entity, or partner that serves these entities, you are eligible to use Azure Government. If you have ideas, suggestions, or feedback based on your experience with Azure Government, we’d love to hear it.

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This is a feedback forum and should be used for ideas and suggestions related to Azure Government. If you are a current customer who is experiencing a technical or subscription issue, please open a support ticket from with the Microsoft Azure Government Portal. If you would like to try Azure Government, please up for a free trial. If you are interested in learning more about Azure Government, please visit our landing page or documentation page.

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  1. Application Insights in Azure Government

    Application Insights can help me gain actionable insights through application performance management and instant analytics.

    64 votes
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      9 comments  ·  Service Request  ·  Flag idea as inappropriate…  ·  Admin →

      Application Insights is being deployed in Azure Government and expected to be available during the October / November 2018 time frame.

      Let us of specific features or scenarios that you’re particularly interested.

    • 55 votes
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        23 comments  ·  Service Request  ·  Flag idea as inappropriate…  ·  Admin →

        Azure AD B2B is planned for CY18Q3.
        This initial iteration of B2B is scoped to support only adding guests from other Azure Government tenants and not Azure commercial.

        Give us as much details as possible about your scenario anyway so that we can make sure we’re addressing your needs!

      • Add cloud shell w/ Azure CLI/PS support in Azure Gov Portal

        Same as commercial: Shell access from virtually anywhere
        Connect with Azure using an authenticated, browser-based shell experience that’s hosted in the cloud and accessible from virtually anywhere. Azure Cloud Shell is assigned per unique user account and is automatically authenticated with each session. Combined with Azure portal’s familiar GUI experience, Cloud Shell adds the power and flexibility of using an authenticated shell experience.

        49 votes
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          7 comments  ·  Flag idea as inappropriate…  ·  Admin →

          Cloud Shell is planned to arrive to Azure Government sometime in Q4 of CY18 (not CY19, apologies for the typo there).

          Initially, Cloud Shell in Azure Government will only support bash with support for PowerShell coming shortly after.

        • 33 votes
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            4 comments  ·  Service Request  ·  Flag idea as inappropriate…  ·  Admin →
          • 30 votes
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              0 comments  ·  Service Request  ·  Flag idea as inappropriate…  ·  Admin →

              Visual Studio Team Services can integrate/connect with Azure Government today. For more information on this see:
              https://docs.microsoft.com/azure/azure-government/documentation-government-get-started-connect-with-vsts

              This item will remain open for a FedRAMP version of VSTS instance which is still TBD. Please also cast you vote on the Visual Studio Team Services feedback forum:
              https://visualstudio.uservoice.com/forums/330519-visual-studio-team-services/suggestions/12571488-add-visual-studio-team-services-to-azure-governmen

              Also, in the short term our recommendation is to self-host Team Foundation Server (our on-premises product) in Azure. Several quickstart templates are available to help self-hosting Team Foundation Server in Azure, including in government clouds. See https://azure.microsoft.com/resources/templates/?term=tfs, and https://blogs.msdn.microsoft.com/mihansen/2017/11/15/private-tfs-deployment-in-azure/. We are working on making this approach easier in the next release of TFS.

            • Azure File Sync service in Azure Government

              With the migration to off-premise cloud, the ability to synchronize large datasets from traditional file servers to the Azure File and Azure IaaS File servers would be greatly beneficial. Especially when you are looking at between 20 and 60 TB of data to sync.

              28 votes
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                2 comments  ·  Feature Request  ·  Flag idea as inappropriate…  ·  Admin →
              • 18 votes
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                • Azure Cost Management (aka Cloudyn) in Azure Government

                  Azure cost management is a key feature that allows us to manage costs better in Azure.

                  https://azure.microsoft.com/services/cost-management/

                  17 votes
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                  • 17 votes
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                    • Azure Search in Azure Government

                      Azure Search delegates server and infrastructure management to Microsoft, leaving me with a ready-to-use service that I can populate with my data and then use to add search to your web or mobile application.

                      17 votes
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                      • Make Linux diagnostic extension 3.0 available in Azure government

                        Currently available Linux Diagnostic extension on Azure government is only 2.x, latest one being 2.3.9021 as per
                        https://docs.microsoft.com/en-us/azure/azure-government/documentation-government-extension

                        However there has been a new version of Linux diagnostic released with lot of improvements and bug fixes :
                        https://github.com/Azure/azure-linux-extensions/tree/azure-master/Diagnostic

                        https://docs.microsoft.com/en-us/azure/virtual-machines/extensions/diagnostics-linux

                        The 2.x version is also retiring soon "Any old versions (2.x) are deprecated and may be unpublished on or after July 31, 2018."

                        Hence please make Linux diagnostic extension 3.0 available in Azure government

                        16 votes
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                          1 comment  ·  Feature Request  ·  Flag idea as inappropriate…  ·  Admin →
                        • Premium Storage in 'US Gov Iowa'

                          None of the S versions of VM SKUs are available in 'US Gov Iowa'

                          With Premium Storage, I can add up to 32 TB of persistent storage per virtual machine, with more than 50,000 IOPS per virtual machine and extremely low latencies for read operations.

                          15 votes
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                            2 comments  ·  Feature Request  ·  Flag idea as inappropriate…  ·  Admin →
                          • Add Citrix XenDesktop Essentials to AzureGov

                            Add full Citrix suite to Azure Govt. This request goes in line with the request for Marketplace parity .

                            14 votes
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                            • API or PowerShell cmdlet for creating a new subscription in Azure Government

                              Our business separates each customer at the subscription level. This is creating a manual process when deploying customers that could be avoided if there were some way to programmatically create a new subscription.

                              13 votes
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                              • Data Lake in Azure Government

                                Have many states actively asking to start projects in Data Lake. This would be a major advantage in the Gov space.

                                12 votes
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                                • 10 votes
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                                  • 9 votes
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                                    • 9 votes
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                                      • Enable Managed Service Identity for VMs in Azure Government

                                        Allow for Azure Government VMs & VM Scale Sets to be managed via the new Azure AD Managed Service Identity (MSI) feature.

                                        https://docs.microsoft.com/en-us/azure/active-directory/managed-service-identity/overview

                                        Note this is different from MSI for App Services & Functions, for that see:
                                        https://feedback.azure.com/forums/558487-azure-government/suggestions/33804523-enable-managed-service-identity-for-app-services

                                        8 votes
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                                          1 comment  ·  Feature Request  ·  Flag idea as inappropriate…  ·  Admin →

                                          Managed Service Identity “system assigned” identities are now supported in Azure Government via CLI/PowerShell/ARM.

                                          Support through the portal will be enabled later.

                                          Note that only “system assigned” identities are supported at this point.
                                          Support for “User assigned” identities is TBD.

                                        • Add source/destination for Azure Gov datacenter public IP ranges as option for NSG rules.

                                          Much like this request in Azure Commercial Feedback: https://feedback.azure.com/forums/217313-networking/suggestions/11716131-add-a-source-tag-for-azure-datacenter-ips-to-nsg-r

                                          It would be immensely helpful to be able to select a source/destination tag that is exclusively Azure Datacenter public IP ranges. Currently it is difficult to create a very strict NSG that still allows communication with Azure Datacenter public IP's. Two known options are to have a single, very broad, inbound/outbound rule that allows traffic with the Internet tag over the required port OR use up all or the majority of the 200 rule limit within the NSG to target specific Azure Datacenter IP ranges.

                                          8 votes
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                                            2 comments  ·  Feature Request  ·  Flag idea as inappropriate…  ·  Admin →

                                            Service Tags are available in Azure Government.

                                            As of April 17, you’ll see: Internet, Virtual Network, Azure Load Balancer, Azure Traffic Manager, Storage and SQL. The outstanding feature is support for region specific Service Tags for Storage and SQL (e.g Storage.USGovVirginia, Sql.USGovVirginia)

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