Azure Container Instances

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  1. Virtual Network Integration

    I love the idea of ACI for our variable container workloads. But before that can happen I need the ability to restrict them to a particular VNet so we don't have to expose other services the container needs to communicate with.

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    • Cache the downloaded container image in the Container Instances (preview)

      Each time I start a new container, the image is pulled from the repository. Even if I start 10 times the same image. I would like to have the image cached (maybe on the resource group level) so that I only get the penalty of pull once.

      50 votes
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      • Want to support running Windows Server 1709 (and later) image

        Currently, Azure Container Instances cannot running Windows Server 1709 container image, because running Windows Server 2016 on Azure Container Instances. (I guess that.)

        Microsoft said 1709 not supported on Win2016 of Host OS ver as follows:
        * https://docs.microsoft.com/en-us/virtualization/windowscontainers/deploy-containers/version-compatibility

        My feedback: I want to choose Semi-Annual Channe version's host in Azure Container Instances.

        Semi-Annual Channe is so nice solution for cloud platform because faster update, include more feature, lightweight images. However some customers want to solid OS like as LTSC. So that. I want to choose both version's host.

        Why 1709? 1709's image is more lightweight than LTSC and other Windows…

        40 votes
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        • Support for port mapping

          In docker we can map ports as
          docker run -d -p 80:8080 foo/bar
          This is super helpful for cases where the container has fixed code to listen to some port like say 8080 but you want to expose that at a different port on the container.
          I do not see that option in the CLI. There should be something like
          az container create --ports 80:8080

          35 votes
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          • add a restart container button

            Having the ability to restart a container would be great. Same sort of functionality as is currently exposed for VMs.

            34 votes
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            • Allow an ACI container to update itself when the image is updated

              This scenario is currently not supported and an update requires the container to be deleted (which forces an IP. Address change)

              29 votes
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              • Support auto-delete of ACI when container exits normally

                When an ACI container exits normally and the restart-policy is Never you should automatically delete the ACI. Currently it sticks around with a status of Terminated.

                In my scenario I want to spin up ACI's to drain an Azure queue. When the queue is empty my ACI workers will exit and I do not want to have to go and clean up the ACI remnants afterwards. They should cleanly remove themselves as if they never existed.

                This can be an option if there are scenarios where this is undesirable.

                23 votes
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                • Service is too expensive, even for a 1gb. for 24x7 it's cheaper to provision a VM.

                  Service is too expensive, even for a 1gb. for 24x7 it's cheaper to provision a VM.

                  16 votes
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                    4 comments  ·  Flag idea as inappropriate…  ·  Admin →

                    Thanks for this feedback, the service is still in preview so we’re all ears as we continue improving the service. ACI is not intended to be a replacement for VMs, but instead another tool for you to provide compute to diverse workloads such as batch or bursting scenarios.

                  • Add GPU-enabled container instances

                    Currently only the number of cores and memory can be specified when creating container instances. It would be great to add an option to specify that a GPU shall be available.

                    10 votes
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                    • Support MSI

                      Allow the AzureServiceTokenProvider class to work its magic inside a container instance. That is:

                      - allow us to define a 'container application' that automatically registers as an AAD principal.

                      - a container instances can then belong to an application

                      - define the MSI_ENDPOINT and MSI_SECRET environment variables for the running instance, allowing it to automatically authenticate as the application principal.

                      9 votes
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                      • ACI support for privileged container

                        Make possible to lauch contaner in privilege mode to allow loading of kernel modules and other feautures.

                        7 votes
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                        • Use the same exposed public ip for outbound traffic start from the containergroup

                          I have some question related to the Public IP used by container group create from Azure Container Instance. Actually the container group can expose public ip (set ipAddress.type = “Public”) which is used to access from external, but for the traffic start from the container group I found it does use the assigned exposed public ip. I’d like to check if possible to using the same exposed public ip for the outbound traffic starting from the container group ? if not, how the outbound traffic public ip is assigned to the container group ? Thanks previously for your kindly response.

                          7 votes
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                          • Allow 'direct' connections between ACI & Azure Database for PostgreSQL

                            Make it possible to have a 'direct' connection between Azure Databae for PostgreSQL and ACI, zo dat there is no need for public ip adresses.

                            This would also make it possible to have a more secure trust, based on ip, between the private instance(s) of the customer.

                            7 votes
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                            • Enable Container Groups (multi container support) to Azure Container Instances in the Canada region.

                              A significant number of Canadian customers have residency requirements - government, healthcare etc. More and more of these customers are pursuing a container strategy. It is very important to these customers to have this service in Canada

                              6 votes
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                              • Larger memory sizes - at least 32GB - best 64GB

                                Current memory sizes are too small for my usage.

                                I need something to start quickly, load a 1-50GB dataset - process it in memory for half an hour and deallocate.

                                6 votes
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                                • Allow creating multiple mounts from the same volume

                                  Currently ACI requires to have distinct volumes for each mounts which is not convenient since in case of Azure Files it requires creating a number of Azure Storage Shares.

                                  It would be great to mount the different volume paths like that:

                                  ```
                                  {
                                  "volumeMounts: [{
                                  "name": "myVolume",
                                  "mountPath": "/var/lib/waagent/"
                                  "volumePath": "/waagent/"
                                  },{
                                  "name": "myVolume",
                                  "mountPath": "/etc/path/"
                                  "volumePath": "/path/"
                                  }]
                                  }
                                  ```

                                  6 votes
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                                  • EventGrid notification when ACI container stops

                                    I'd like to be notified when my container (group) terminates. An event grid notification would be ideal. It should include the exit code as part of the payload

                                    5 votes
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                                    • Enable controlling the user for which Azure Files shares are mounted

                                      Shares from Azure Files are mounted in directories accessible only to the "root" user. If the container is configured to run its application as a non-root user, the entrypoint has to become a shell script that can assign appropriate permissions to the share directory. Running a script to chmod/chown every file on the share is very slow.

                                      It would be much easier to use shares from Azure Files if there was a way to control what user the share was mounted for.

                                      4 votes
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                                      • Allow scaling number of containers in container group

                                        Currently It's possible to add new containers in container group via incremental deployments, but it's not possible to remove containers from group afterwards.

                                        4 votes
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                                        • Add support for faster cores, comparable to D- and H-Series VM's

                                          We are currently able to run our jobs in 20 seconds with a D3v2 Cloud Service VM, while it takes 33 seconds for ACI with 4 cores.

                                          ACI should be improved to compete with VM's used by Cloud Services and other resource types.

                                          3 votes
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