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  1. Ctrl+w Key binding interception by Cloud Shell rather than Browser

    For most admins from the Linux world, Ctrl+u (clear entire line in shell) and Ctrl+w (clear one word at a time in the shell) bindings are second nature. But using the shell in the browser world, Ctrl+w spells doom with browser tabs closing rather than deletion of a word from the command line.

    Complicating matters is the fact that admins often hit Ctrl+w in the shell multiple times (to remove multiple words) and this ends up in closing of a multitude of tabs.

    Either the browser must warn with the Stay/leave page confirmation dialog before closing the tab (less preferred)…

    32 votes
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      1 comment  ·  General  ·  Flag idea as inappropriate…  ·  Admin →
    • 25 votes
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        3 comments  ·  General  ·  Flag idea as inappropriate…  ·  Admin →
      • Do not require a storage account

        When you just want to execute some scripts on an environment, you perhaps do not need persistent storage.

        On some environments you don't have the permissions to create a storage account dedicated for this, and have to fallback on your own powershell/bash commandline.

        Make it an (advanced) option to not use storage when launching the shell, lowering the barrier even more to run a one-off command.

        14 votes
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          1 comment  ·  General  ·  Flag idea as inappropriate…  ·  Admin →

          Thanks for this suggestion – we currently plan to continue requiring storage so users can get the best experience possible with persisted state across all the interfaces Cloud Shell is available. Please upvote this if you agree though as we’re always listening to the community!

        • Pass a command tp shell

          As authentication is already a pre-requisite, it would be useful to be able to pass a command when launching the shell programmatically

          11 votes
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            under review  ·  0 comments  ·  General  ·  Flag idea as inappropriate…  ·  Admin →
          • Allow cloudshells to be whitelisted in network security groups

            We whitelist IP's that are allowed to access privileged services. We'd like to be able to whitelist cloudshells for our staff members.

            11 votes
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            • Timeout is to short, or needs to be configured to monitor for running processes.

              I have been trying to generate a listing of all of the blob sizes in a container, and it takes longer than the timeout settings and will not complete. If I run against a small container it works properly. Also, while it states I have been idle for 20 minutes I don't believe it was actually that long.

              8 votes
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              • User-friendly way to get a list of preinstalled tools

                Both, Linux and Windows, Cloud Shell(s) are frequently updated with new preinstalled tools. To get a list of those tools and their versions we need to consult the docs. If would be much easier and efficient to get that info directly in the Cloud Shell session. For example, in PowerShell Cloud Shell, one could run Get-CloudShellTool and get tools' info. Similar command could be added to Linux as well.

                8 votes
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                  0 comments  ·  General  ·  Flag idea as inappropriate…  ·  Admin →
                • Install 'zsh' in the console shell image

                  I have a number of "dotfiles" including scripts around 'az' that would be nice to be able to use with CloudShell. Some of those scripts probably depend on the shell being `zsh`.

                  Can we get `zsh` available inside the environment?

                  8 votes
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                    2 comments  ·  Bash  ·  Flag idea as inappropriate…  ·  Admin →
                  • Support Ctrl+c to <break> command execution

                    Seems like there is no way to currently break command execution.

                    For example instead of Get, I accidentally performed:
                    New-AzureRmADServicePrincipal

                    The above causes PowerShell to prompt for ApplicationId. At this point I realized the mistake, but there is no way to abort the command.

                    Pressing enter, asks for the ApplicationId again, and Ctrl+c is currently not handled. (Tested not to work under both Chrome and Edge). The only current solution is to restart the shell.

                    Please add support for Ctrl-c to interrupt the current command.

                    7 votes
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                    • Add MFA Server (on-premises) management via Powershell

                      Add powershell modules.cmdlets to manage MFA Server (on-premises) management

                      6 votes
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                        0 comments  ·  PowerShell  ·  Flag idea as inappropriate…  ·  Admin →
                      • Link Azure Cloud Shell to an existing vNet

                        Would be great to be able to link an Azure Cloud Shell environment to an existing vNET. It would enable on-premises management scenarios, such as PowerShell over on-premises servers (if vNet is connected through a site-to-site VPN gateway).

                        5 votes
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                          2 comments  ·  General  ·  Flag idea as inappropriate…  ·  Admin →
                        • Allow again "az login"

                          I am using a lot the Azure Cloud Shell, and because company policy I have to login using a Service Principal.
                          Since today I discovered I cannot use "az login" anymore from the shell, I'm getting the following error:

                          Azure Cloud Shell relies on the user account it was initially launched under, as a result 'az login' is disabled.

                          5 votes
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                            planned  ·  3 comments  ·  Bash  ·  Flag idea as inappropriate…  ·  Admin →
                          • Preconfigure PowerShell in Cloud Shell with PowerShell help files

                            When we run Update-Help the downloaded help files are not persistent across PowerShell sessions because they are written in $pshome's subfolder.

                            Could you preconfigure the Cloud Shell with the current PowerShell help files?

                            5 votes
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                              under review  ·  1 comment  ·  PowerShell  ·  Flag idea as inappropriate…  ·  Admin →
                            • Keyboard shortcuts for Cloud Shell

                              Today, if you want to start Cloud Shell or max/min a terminal in the Portal, you need to click on icons. It would be nice to do those tasks from the keyboard.

                              4 votes
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                                unplanned  ·  0 comments  ·  General  ·  Flag idea as inappropriate…  ·  Admin →
                              • Increase Tab-Completion performance

                                Using tab completion feels very slow sometimes and may lock the shell for a few seconds (3-10). Tab completion is an essential tool for me to work with speed and not having to remember every command (discovering new functionality too).
                                Due to its varying reliability i find myself going back to my local install a lot.

                                4 votes
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                                  0 comments  ·  Bash  ·  Flag idea as inappropriate…  ·  Admin →

                                  Thanks for the feedback, at this moment we need more input to look into this! We’re regularly sync with the AZ CLI team to make sure performance is great on all fronts, but providing votes helps us prioritize our resources appropriately so please cast votes across ideas you feel are important to you!

                                • Add support for running Azure Cloud Shell in secure Azure subscription

                                  I'm working in a subscription where I only give users the minimum permissions that are necessary. I would like these users to have access to Azure Cloud Shell, but I want to have it pre-configured for them before they even try. For this, I need the following:

                                  1. An API (and ideally one or more PowerShell cmdlets) that allows for the initial configuration of Cloud Shell to be done automatically for a user before they even try to access Cloud Shell. This would create the resource group if it did not already exist in the subscription, create the storage account,…

                                  4 votes
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                                  • Allow access to PowerShell from CSP account

                                    When attempting to use PowerShell in Cloud Shell with my CSP account, which has delegated Owner rights within Azure for the customer tenant, I get the error below. It works if I switch to a Global Admin account.

                                    Add-AzureRmAccount : Cannot validate argument on parameter 'AccountId'. The argument is null or empty. Provide an argument that is not null or empty, and then try the command again.
                                    At C:\Users\ContainerAdministrator\PSCloudShellStartup.ps1:73 char:71
                                    + ... ProfileModule\Add-AzureRMAccount @addAzureRMAccountParameters -ErrorA ...
                                    + ~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~
                                    + CategoryInfo : InvalidData: (:) [Add-AzureRmAccount], ParameterBindingValidationException
                                    + FullyQualifiedErrorId : ParameterArgumentValidationError,Microsoft.Azure.Commands.Profile.AddAzureRMAccountCommand

                                    4 votes
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                                      1 comment  ·  PowerShell  ·  Flag idea as inappropriate…  ·  Admin →
                                    • Add safe word/line deletion shortcut support

                                      Please add support for Ctrl+Backspace(or other browser safe alternative) to delete whole words and another command to clear the whole line.
                                      (Linux clear line and clear word commands Ctrl+w and Ctrl+u are a no-go in a browser.)

                                      4 votes
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                                      • 3 votes
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                                        • Enter-PSSession and Invoke-Command to an AzureRMVM

                                          It would be great to have the option to invoke commands and enter an interactive session into a VM using PowerShell remoting from the cloud shell.

                                          3 votes
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